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Interview: Producer Edward Norton on Documentary ‘By the People: The Election of Barack Obama’

13 November 2009 2:16 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – recently interviewed Edward Norton on the new HBO documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” along with co-directors Amy Rice and Alicia Sams. Edward Norton served as a producer.

Question: What did this campaign and this candidate do to motivate kids (like 9-year-old Lorenzo Rivera) in such a way that they would hit the phones for Barack Obama in support?

Edward Norton.

Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris,

Producer Edward Norton: It’s interesting because in some ways that’s what made us want to start this (project) in the first place. When Amy (Rice) first proposed it to us, it wasn’t a campaign film.

The idea was to chronicle this junior senator as he entered into the battle of government and politics. I think what drew us to him in the same way it drew everyone else was that he was so much younger. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Sony nabs int'l rights to Obama doc

6 April 2009 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired all international media rights (excluding U.K. television) as well as domestic home entertainment rights to the documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama."

Produced by Edward Norton's Class 5 Films and directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, the film will air on HBO, which picked up other U.S. rights in November.

The documentary follows the former senator from the announcement of his candidacy to his historic election and inauguration as the first black president of the United States.

"This remarkable film gives us a unique behind-the-scenes look at a truly transformative event; the filmmakers have done a beautiful job of creating a compelling narrative, and we are proud to be able to make the film available to the global market," Spwag president Steve Bersch said in announcing the acquisition along with Keith Le Goy, president of international distribution at Sony Pictures Television. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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