Panorama City students film documentary on former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Panorama City students film documentary on former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Students from a Panorama City school are traveling to Georgia to interview former First Lady Rosalynn Carter for a documentary they are filming.

PANORAMA CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- How far a school will go to teach students about character is measured in miles and in years at St. Genevieve High in Panorama City.

This weekend, select students will travel across the country to Plains, Georgia. They are filming a documentary built on an extraordinary relationship the school has forged with former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

The focus of the Catholic School is on the power of humility. Their role model is Mrs. Carter.

"Like freaking out, like oh my God I am doing this, it is amazing," says Sean See, an alum of St. Genevieve who is directing the production.

It was 2005 when St. Genevieve students first met the Carters. Their school was nationally recognized in Atlanta as a School of Character.

"Our mission at St. Genevieve School is to know God, to live with honor, to change the world," says Principal Dan Horn.

Jimmy Carter, a Nobel Prize winner, is already a fan.

"The best school I have ever known or have even visited has been St. Genevieve," said Carter.

A driving force behind the documentary is the school principal who met Mrs. Carter in the 1980s after she responded to a fan letter.

"Rosalynn Carter was in the forefront of fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment. She attended cabinet meetings and she was the First Lady to do so. They have almost singlehandedly eradicated two diseases from the face of the Earth," says Horn.

In the last 10 years, students and faculty have taken 30 trips to Plains, sometimes performing, every time learning. Two freshmen are prepping to interview her this weekend.

"The fact she doesn't get enough credit," says Isaiah Coronado.

"How to be caring to others - Rosalynn Carter shows an example of that," says Jaden See.

Director Sean See says learning about her character has changed his.

"This documentary is a love letter to Mrs.Carter. It is our gratitude and thankfulness just wrapped in one. I am doing this for a lady who deserves recognition," says See.

The school hopes to premiere the documentary in the spring. The title will be either "Steel Magnolia" or "Dear Rosalynn."