President Jimmy Carter is the subject of a documentary that will follow him across the United States as he promotes his latest tome.
"He Comes in Peace," from "The Silence of the Lambs"director Jonathan Demme, is being produced by Participant Prods., the socially conscious firm behind the hit Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."
Demme and his crew will join Carter on his book tour for "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," which hit shelves Nov. 14. At the same time, Carter, who has written more than 20 books, will speak about how to achieve peace in the Mideast and his lifelong philosophy of human compassion.
Production began at Carter's home in Plains, Ga., on Nov. 11 before the tour.
Demme is seeking what he calls an "experiential" approach, emphasizing spontaneity and veracity, and said he wants to avoid "talking heads."
"The president's book tour occurs at a crossroads where the world of religion intersects with global politics," Demme said. "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."
Demme may be known for such dramatic works as "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," but he has taken detours into the documentary world with biographical portraits such as "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" and "The Agronomist."