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The Way I See It Releases On Friday September 18th

Dawn Porter’s documentary and official 2020 selection of the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, The Way I See It gives an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people.



Focus Features and MSNBC Films will release The Way I See It on Friday September 18, 2020 in theaters domestically and then premiering on MSNBC on Friday October 9, 2020 at 10:00pm EDT.

Based on Souza’s New York Times #1 bestsellers, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” and “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents”, the documentary comes on the heels of Porter’s recent moving documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, chronicling the now-late Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis. The Way I See It is produced by Porter alongside Academy Award®, BAFTA® and Emmy Award® winning producer Evan Hayes (Free Solo), Academy Award® and Emmy Award®-winner Laura Dern and her Jaywalker Pictures partner Jayme Lemons, in association with Platform One Media. The documentary is a co-presentation from Focus Features and MSNBC Films, a division of NBC News Studios.

About MSNBC Films

MSNBC Films is a division of NBC News Studios, a full-service production company that specializes in documentary storytelling. We collaborate with premier filmmakers at all stages of development and production and share access to everything our legacy news organization has to offer: eight decades of television and radio archive; a global network of journalists; a world-class investigative team; and rich trove of story IP. Our team has decades of experience in the TV and documentary worlds and has been honored with multiple Emmy, Peabody and DuPont awards. In addition to creating content for the platforms of NBC Universal, we maintain relationships with all major networks and streaming platforms. Current project partners include Focus Features, Blumhouse Productions, Peacock and Quibi.



About Focus Features

Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market and holds a library of iconic movies, with 127 Academy Award Nominations and 25 wins from fearless filmmakers. Upcoming and current releases from Focus include Jon Stewart’s Irresistible starring Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, and Chris Cooper; the music industry set The High Note starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross; the Kevin Costner and Diane Lane led Let Him Go; Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller Last Night in Soho from Working Title; Promising Young Woman produced by LuckyChap Entertainment; comedy Half Brothers from director Luke Greenfield; Robin Wright’s feature directorial debut Land starring Wright and co-star Demián Bichir; acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Neville’s upcoming documentary on Anthony Bourdain; and Dawn Porter’s untitled documentary on former Chief White House photographer Pete Souza. Universal Pictures International has led distribution in select markets for titles including Harriet; Emma .; Let Him Go; Irresistible; Last Night in Soho; The High Note; Half Brothers; Land; Untitled Anthony Bourdain documentary; and Untitled White House Photographer Pete Souza documentary.



Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms. UFEG’s global division also includes Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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