“The Way I See It” director and producer Dawn Porter says the documentary about former Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza shouldn’t be delicate about criticizing Donald Trump’s administration.
“In some years you want to be subtle and this is not a subtle year,” she informed TheWrap’s Steve Pond throughout the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. “We are hopefully in a once-in-a-lifetime situation where the current occupant in the White House is just unsuited to the job.”
The movie follows the lifetime of Pete Souza, who photographed President Barack Obama and his administration. It had its world premiere at TIFF and was then launched by Focus Features, and will probably be broadcast on MSNBC on Oct. 9.
It’s not a simple feat to show a pictures e book right into a film, however Jaywalker Pictures’ Jayme Lemons, whose producing associate is Laura Dern, knew that there was one thing particular about these images.
“I think I was the first person who brought it up, but it was brought up to a group of people who were very like-minded and jumped right in and all fell in love with Pete’s work and we all knew it already, and I think everybody got really excited about the opportunity to explore it in some way.” she mentioned. “At that point, we didn’t know what form it would take.”
She added: “My partner Laura Dern and I had loved Pete’s work and talked about the complexities of his photos and all that they represented and I think we felt very nostalgic and missing the kind of sensibility that President Obama had brought to the office.”
Evan Hayes, who additionally serves as a producer on the movie, mentioned he needed to make the movie as a result of Souza discovered a method to mix artwork and historical past in his images.
“Pete’s photos speak for themselves — his behind-the-scenes stories are fascinating on an entertainment level but these works of art, of journalism, these historical photographs, just immediately present a contrast and to us, that’s why we wanted to make this film,” he mentioned.
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