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Carterland directed and produced by brothers Jim Pattiz and Will Pattiz
Carterland directed and produced by brothers Jim Pattiz and Will Pattiz

The world premiere of Carterland, a new documentary film on former President Jimmy Carter, will open the upcoming 45th annual Atlanta Film Festival this April.

This groundbreaking new documentary film examines the tragic, yet inspiring story of America’s most misunderstood president and explores how Jimmy Carter’s selfless leadership and moral integrity ultimately cost him the presidency. The film features a wealth of archival footage and interviews with the former president as well as his vice president, Walter Mondale. Also featured is expert commentary from a range of politicians and scholars including billionaire activist Tom Steyer, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, and many others. The documentary is directed and produced by brothers Jim Pattiz and Will Pattiz, collectively known as the Pattiz brothers. Carterland will mark the brothers feature film debut.

“This remarkable film shows why the long struggle for peace, human rights, equal opportunity, and the environment must continue. While we made progress on all these fronts during my administration, there is much more to be done,” Carter said in a statement. “I am proud of this fine film by the Pattiz brothers, and Rosalynn and I are delighted it will debut at the 2021 Atlanta Film Festival.”

Author Jonathan Alter added, “Carterland’ is an outstanding look at the hugely underrated Carter presidency—the best, most important documentary about this much-misunderstood man. The film is especially good at explaining how Carter was the greatest environmental president in American history.”

Carterland movie poster

The Pattiz brothers previous work has included a series of award winning films celebrating America’s public lands. The filmmakers and environmentalists frequently donate their time and expertise to the National Park Service and can often be seen on The Weather Channel discussing America’s public lands.

This year’s Atlanta Film Festival will run from April 22-May 2 and will feature a mixture of drive-in, in-person, and virtual screenings. Carterland will premiere April 24th to in-person and virtual festival-goers. Those in attendance can expect a “special guest appearance” prior to the screening in Atlanta.

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