Sony Classics is new habitat for Carter docu


NEW YORK -- North American rights to producer-director Jonathan Demme's docu "Jimmy Carter Man From Plains," a chronicle of the former president's recent book tour, have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics from Participant Prods.

"Plains" follows Carter on the tour for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," using the trip to shed light on his quest for international peace.

The film will be shown at this month's Venice Film Festival and is rumored to be among the films on next month's Toronto International Film Festival slate. ICM, which reps Demme, negotiated the deal on behalf of Participant and is handling worldwide sales on the project.

Demme produced the film through his Clinica Estetico shingle with Neda Armian ("The Truth About Charlie"). "Plains" is executive produced by Participant's Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann and Ron Bozman.

The director has made several acclaimed documentaries in his career, notably "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," "The Agronomist," "Storefront Hitchcock" and "Stop Making Sense."

Demme directed the Oscar-winning thriller "The Silence of the Lambs," and his most recent narrative feature was Paramount Pictures' "The Manchurian Candidate." Upcoming projects include the indie film "Dancing With Shiva" with writer Jenny Lumet.