Pete Souza, chief official White House photographer beneath presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, was a reluctant star of Dawn Porter’s documentary The Way I See It. “Pete may be very personal,” Porter says throughout Deadline’s Contenders Documentary award-season occasion. “He stated ‘no’ a number of instances.”
Producers Laura Dern and Jayme Lemons ultimately persuaded Souza to say sure, permitting for a cinematic portrait of a person who gained a novel vantage level on the corridors of presidential energy.
“There’s such a curiosity about what occurs within the White House. There’s a mythology about it, there is a fantasy about what’s taking place in these rooms,” Porter says. “I suppose what Pete’s exhibiting is, sure, there’s pomp and circumstance and there is grandiosity however there’s additionally one thing actually primary that is taking place, which is folks doing actually laborious work in service of others. And that is what it is speculated to be.”
Souza snapped virtually 2 million footage alone of Obama’s time in workplace. Countless historic photos seem within the documentary, which Focus Features launched in September.
“The entry that [Souza] was given I suppose was second to none,” Lemons says. “He was by no means requested to go away a room. He was given final entry each personally and professionally.”
Adds Dern: “It’s not simply the entry that Pete obtained, however it’s how he portrayed management as empathy by capturing moments like our president along with his personal daughter after having heard the information of the tragedy of Sandy Hook, that we’ve photos of the person who is the chief, not simply the portrayal of management.”