Demme to head Jimmy Carter documentary

Dec. 5, 2006 at 6:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Director Jonathan Demme has been tabbed to head a film documentary about former U.S. President Jimmy Carter entitled "He Comes in Peace."

The film from Participant Productions will feature the results of Demme's cinematic crew as they follow Carter on a national book tour for the former president's new work, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," The Hollywood Reporter said.

"The president's book tour occurs at a crossroads where the world of religion intersects with global politics," Demme explained. "This picture is just an extraordinary honor for me. I loved Carter when he was president, and I've loved him more and more since he left office. He makes me feel so proud to be an American."

Carter's book tour began on Nov. 11, three days prior to his book's release, and has focused around the politician's efforts towards peace in the Mideast.

The Reporter said that "Peace" will mark Demme's most recent foray into the documentary field; earlier, he headed up production on "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" and "The Agronomist."

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