The above trailer (click on image to play) is from my latest film Peace Love and Misunderstanding which will be released in theaters June 8th! For more release information visit the IFC Films website here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/peace-love-misunderstanding
I love this movie. I co-starred with Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford and Nat Wolff. It’s directed by the wonderful Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”. “Tender Mercies,” etc) and was shot in and around Woodstock, New York, a beautiful, bucolic farming country several hours north of Manhattan. I play a free-wheeling, artistic, hippy grandmother. It was fun and a little challenging for me because, contrary to what some might think, I was never a hippie, never did the ‘60s scene in real life. I lived in France then. Totally missed out on the Woodstock generation.
Although the movie is contemporary, my character still lives like it was 1969 (a lot of people do in Woodstock!). I had to familiarize myself what that period was all about, what it felt like and sounded like. So, to get me prepared, it was Catherine Keener who told me what music to listen to, what documentaries about Woodstock to watch so I would catch the vibe. In our movie, she (my daughter) was born during the Woodstock festival. In fact, as I tell one character in the film, “my water broke while Jimmy Hendrix was playing The Star Spangled Banner. I guess my daughter was destined to be conservative!” It was Keener who gave me the brilliant documentary “The Last Waltz,” about the last performance of the Band. The late Levon Helm, the drummer of the Band and the singer of “The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down,” “The Weight,” among others, lived in Woodstock and helped us with some of the music for the film.
I wanted to work with Keener whom I admire enormously. She is the quintessential independent spirit. And I wanted to work with Bruce Beresford. But I also wanted to do this film because I wanted to do a movie that would make people laugh and feel good. I am so tired of violence, special effects and dysfunction (though I must admit I did love “The Hunger Games.” Jennifer Lawrence is a totally powerful, magnificent screen presence).
“Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding” is about forgiveness which, as you know if you’ve been following my blogs, is for me an essential ingredient to a successful, happy life—something I work on within myself every day. And it is also about love. Love and forgiveness are partners. Love is not a given in anyone’s life. We must work to make ourselves ready for it when it comes our way; we must cultivate it in ourselves so that we spread it around just by being a loving person. For my book, “Prime Time,” I interviewed a 104-year-old woman who told me she smiles at everyone, “especially the sourpusses.” She felt by doing this she could make happiness and love contagious and cause, in her words, “an epidemic of love.” What a beautiful goal. I hope that “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” will cause an epidemic of love in the hearts of the audience…I think it can…except for the cynics. I feel so sorry for cynics. How much they miss out of life! I hope you will see the film and let me know what you think.
On June 4th I am hosting a special New York City premiere of the film to benefit The Women’s Media Center (WMC). As many of you know I co-founded the WMC almost 7 years ago with Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan to make women more visible in the media, on every level. It will be a really fun evening! More information about the event and the WMC can be found here: https://donate.womensmediacenter.com/page/contribute/join-jane-fonda-for-the-premiere-of-peace-love-and-misunderstanding