Man From Plains
I have always held President Carter in high esteem, so I leapt at the opportunity to do a documentary portrait of him.
I chose the book tour of Palestine Peace Not Apartheid as the backbone of the
documentary before reading the book. I knew that with the kind of subject matter promised by the title, there would probably be a lot of fireworks on that journey.
I love how his un-self-censored behavior and attitudes help reveal how authentic and deep President Carter's faith-based motivation really is - and how terrifically complicated he is as a human being, with such an active sense of humor, an encyclopedic knowledge of a seeming endless array of subjects - and how supersensitive yet bold, feisty and obstinate he can be at times - and that he reveals how a devoted, adoring husband like him fits so organically with the fellow who "loves the ladies."
Every time I see this film, President Carter makes me believe that - as frightening and appalling as so many things are in the world today - that there is nevertheless a very real possibility for peace and better lives for future generations if we strive to somehow get along and if we aspire to defining the upside of being human.
- Jonathan Demme
Here is the film (directed by Jonathan Demme) webpage. Soundtrack sounds really cool.
Check HERE to see if it's playing near you. I'm sure it won't be around me any time soon.