Director teams with Participant for 'He Comes in Peace'
Jonathan Demme has begun shooting a docu about Jimmy Carter while the former president is on a book tour.Demme is producing “He Comes in Peace” with longtime collaborator Neda Armian for socially minded Participant Prods. Carter hit the road last month to promote his latest tome, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which pushes the notion that peace in the Middle East can be attained, and largely blames Israel for the troubles in this volatile region. The former president is using the national tour to generate discussion and to hear from people with varying views on the polarizing topic — all of which will be captured on camera. Demme said he is taking an experimental approach so as to avoid turning out a pic dominated by talking heads. “The president’s book tour occurs at a crossroads where the world of religion intersects with global politics,” Demme said. Participant prexy Ricky Strauss announced the docu project, Participant founder Jeff Skoll and Participant exec VP of documentaries Diane Weyermann are exec producing “He Comes in Peace.” Ron Bozman, another longtime colleague of Demme and Armian’s, also exec produces. Carter’s book, published by Simon & Schuster, hit the stands Nov. 14. Demme was last in theaters with docu “Neil Young: Heart of Gold.” Participant (“An Inconvenient Truth”) is in theaters with Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation.” Past credits include “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Syriana.”