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Edward Norton Developing Barack Obama Documentary

Edward Norton and his production company are developing a documentary about Barack Obama. Directors Amy Rice and Alicia Sams have been shooting footage since 2006, before Obama's declaration of candidacy when Norton and his group of collaborators approached Obama and he welcomed the idea. They've been steadily filming ever since.

According to Variety, "Norton said the motivation behind the film was not to glorify its subject." The idea for the project came after Obama gave a speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which struck him as exciting, fresh and unique. For more of these insights from Norton,


We were all so struck by Barack’s speech and talked about how exciting it was to see someone from our generation, not our parents’, make his presence felt in such an inspiring way. It was akin to the way I remembered my dad describing how he felt when Kennedy gave his inauguration speech . . . It was more this generational experience, of seeing someone we felt represented us in a very unique and fresh way, and the desire to explore what would happen to the first person our age who staked a claim to national leadership.

Norton goes on to say that they already have hours of footage and plan to continue shooting through Obama's presidential run, but that "the film has to say something about politics in America, and just because you have access doesn’t mean you have insight." It's obviously not the first documentary to come out of a politician's election campaign — Alexandra Pelosi's Journeys With George is an interesting peek into the current president's 2000 campaign, for example — but I'm curious to find out what Norton and the two directors (both women, which is neat) will produce.

What do you think about this news? Given Norton's enthusiasm for Obama, do you think he will be able to avoid "glorifying" the subject?

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kandisantonette kandisantonette 9 years
I truly hope he can catch the true essence that is Barack Obama.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I'm excited about this and can't wait to see the result, whether Obama wins or not. I hope they let whatever footage they have speak for itself. There are many different ways of doing a documentary. Just because Norton and co. are interested in Obama and support him, doesn't mean they are going to glorify him. I doubt they will release it before the election anyway. If I was doing a doc on Obama I would shoot all the way through the election and release it later. If you stop now, or even 3-4 months from now you might be missing the meat of your story. Unless, of course, they feel they have what they need already.
mrscbreezy mrscbreezy 9 years
barack should most def. be pres* obama 08
harleyquinn1011 harleyquinn1011 9 years
Um "not to glorify its subject" thats complete bs. He shouldn't say that and then proceed to talk about how great obama is, alittle hypocritical? It does sound interesting but somehow I have the feeling they'll fail to show "the subject" in any negative light whatsoever. He has done some misleading things in this election so far and I'm betting any of that won't be mentioned much and they'll present him just like the rest of the media has. Hmmm...if he would have presented himself as unbiased director then it would sound more appealing to me, but at least he was honest.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great project. In Edward Norton's hands, this should be great.
chipjimi chipjimi 9 years
I'm super excited!
orisugar orisugar 9 years
if ed norton says he won't glorify him, ed norton will not glorify him. haha or maybe i feel this way because i'm deeply in love with him. :-p
esmerb esmerb 9 years
I am uber-excited about this project!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
This sounds interesting!! I bet it will be out before or around fall, so to give an inside scoop on the man and campaign before the elections. I respect Norton so much, I'm thrilled it is someone like him doing this.
siren6 siren6 9 years
Can't wait to see it!
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i love ed norton, so sexy and a phenomenal actor!! cant wait to see it, sounds like a good idea. i'll be in line when it comes out!!!
danielasg danielasg 9 years
i don't care about obama,but for me Edward can't do no wrong..gosh he is so hot,and smart!
HON HON 9 years
Sounds Awesome- Love them both, I cant wait to see it.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 9 years
Sounds interesting.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Ed Norton's smart and insightful comments are a good indication that he won't be gloryifying Obama. I wish him luck and look forward to seeing the documentary.
Underdog Underdog 9 years
Looking forward to it, I would like for Edward Norton to say something nice about Obama.
indielove indielove 9 years
LOL, Jude you posted 1 second before me.
indielove indielove 9 years
sounds good to me! i HAVE to see this. kudos Ed.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'm excited!
tiabia tiabia 9 years
Sounds like a pretty interesting idea.
haylscomet23 haylscomet23 9 years
in my opinion, edward norton can do no wrong. god i love him!!!
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