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Southside with You, 2016.
Directed by Richard Tanne.
On a summer’s day in 1989, Barack Obama took Michelle Robinson on what turned out to be their first date across Chicago’s South Side. One that included an art exhibition, live music, a community meeting and a movie, all chosen by him so they could get to know each other better. She was adamant it wasn’t a date, he had other ideas. And we all know he was right.
They’re one of the most famous couples in the world, but 27 years ago Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson both worked for the same law firm in Chicago. They were among the few African-Americans in the company and she was his supervisor. We all know things worked out, but Richard Tanne’s Southside With You takes us right »
- Freda Cooper
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Chicago – There are previous examples of films that were made with a president as a character while he was in office, including “P.T. 109” (John F. Kennedy, war story), “W.” (George W. Bush, Oliver Stone biography) and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, cameo). President Barack Obama has joined their ranks, but the subject matter of “Southside With You” is decidedly different. The film chronicles his first date with Michelle Robinson, now the First Lady.
Conceived, written and directed by Richard Tanne, “Southside With You” is a charming day-in-the-life first date that pairs the young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) – ex-Chicago community organizer and freshly minted Harvard Law School grad – with Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter). There are glimpses of Michelle’s home life, with her mother Marian (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and father Fraser (Phillip Edward Van Lear). Filmed on location in Chicago, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Southside With You is about the day-long first date of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The story takes place in Chicago in 1989, when she was a junior lawyer in a respected law firm and he was a summer intern from Harvard. It is a sweet, romantic little film with a touch of biography mixed in.
This is a modest little low-budget film but one with an endearing heart. Still, there is something a bit odd about seeing this kind of film about a sitting president. It is the kind of film one is more likely to see about a president long gone, much less still in office. For that reason, there will be people who want to see it as political. It isn’t really, beyond reflecting the Obamas’ own values and basically the fact that Barack Obama is our first black president.
Obviously, this is not »
- Cate Marquis
I love a good walk and talk movie. When you can just watch a pair of characters interact, usually while falling in love, it can sometimes lead to a special bit of cinema. This week, we have the added bonus of that sort of mellow film also being a kind of backdoor biopic of President Barack Obama. It doesn’t really reference his future at all, but this is about a specific moment in his life, as well as that of the woman he would marry. It’s a nice film, one that also has the distinction of being both mature and family friendly. There’s a real chance that it could turn out to be a breakout hit, as the fascination factor will draw in audiences, as well as just the overt quality of the story being told. Keep an eye out for it! The flick is described as »
- Joey Magidson
Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com brings you our red-carpet interviews with John Legend (executive producer, original song), Parker Sawyers (“Barack Obama”), Michael Tanne (writer, director, producer) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (Marian Robinson, Michelle’s mother) from the Chicago premiere of “Southside With You” on Aug. 18, 2016 at the Music Box Theatre.
Interviews by: Adam Fendelman, Publisher
Filmed and edited by: Jeff Doles, 238 Studios
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This November, a new President of the United States will be elected, as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leave the White House after two terms in office. Before their historic run comes to an end, fans can see how the First Couple's relationship started in the new film Southside with You, which hits theaters August 26. Today we have the first trailer, which shows how one date turned into a romance that has lasted for over 25 years.
Inspired by Barack Obama and Michelle's first date, Southside with You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor. »
A young Barack and Michelle Obama (known as Michelle Robinson at the time), future president and first lady of the United States, go on their first date in the brand new trailer for Roadside Attractions and Miramax’s Southside with You. Watch the full trailer for the romantic dramedy below…
As depicted in the film, during the date, Barack attempts to win the heart of Michelle, who was working as a lawyer, and the two visit the Art Institute of Chicago, attend a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and end up at an ice cream parlor where they share their first kiss.
Earlier this year, Southside premiered at Sundance to generally warm reception from critics.
The above trailer certainly seems reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s Before series, as it features a potential couple having honest conversations about art, culture and life, all over the course of a few hours. »
- Justin Cook
The trailer shows Robinson as initially reluctant to go to a community event with her law firm’s summer associate, Barack Obama, played by Parker Sawyer. “How’s it gonna look if I start dating the first cute black guy who walks through the firm’s doors? It would be tacky.”
Miramax and Roadside Attractions bought the movie following its premiere at Sundance. »
- Dave McNary
Long before Barack Obama stepped foot in the Oval Office and made history, the biggest dilemma that occupied the mind of the would-be President of the United States revolved around one Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), and it’s that budding romance that anchors Richard Tanne’s intimate summer drama, Southside With You.
Written by Tanne himself, the biopic shuns convention by focusing solely on the relationship between Obama (Parker Sawyers) and his significant other, who would eventually go on to become his wife and First Lady. In fact, Southside With You tells the story of the pair’s fateful first date, and what may seem like a bright and breezy premise makes for a touching, focused and poignant drama in today’s first trailer.
- Michael Briers
Arriving just in time for the end of the Obama era, Southside With You depicts a history-changing summer afternoon in 1989 in which our future national leader took Michelle Robinson out on what would become their first date. Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers), working at a corporate law farm as an associate from Harvard Law, persuades his co-worker Michelle (Tika Sumpter, also a producer here) to attend a community meeting, which is not a date, according to her. What follows is certainly one, as we can see in the first trailer, which arrived today ahead of an August release.
We said in our review, “Writer-director Richard Tanne understands that this would be difficult to pull off if it didn’t work as a romantic drama first and foremost. Injecting personality and flair with a soulful soundtrack and warm cinematography form Patrick Scola, Southside With You impresses with its vision of a lower-class »
- Leonard Pearce
Season one of Bounce TV's new Saints & Sinners TV series premieres Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Watch a preview, below. Bounce says, "Shot on location in Atlanta, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption and murder – all set against the backdrop of a large southern church."
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Southside With You (2016) Film Review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Richard Tanne, starring Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, and Vanessa Bell Calloway. It was billed as the Barack and Michelle Obama date movie. The attraction of such a film may depend on one’s politics, perhaps understandingly so, as the film assumes a warm stance and a base of […] »
- Drew Stelter
Casting has begun on A&E's pilot for what will be a pre-riots 1990s-set Los Angeles crime drama, titled “The Infamous,” which hails from Joshua Zetumer (writer of the upcoming X-Men "Gambit" spinoff), and will follow the collision between a reformed South Central gangster looking to leave his criminal past behind him (but they keep pulling him back in, I'm sure), and the Lapd detective who is determined to take him down. Vanessa Bell Calloway has landed a series regular role, playing Ellie, a mother (likely to one of the two leads) and gifted singer who once performed with James Brown but now drives a city bus. “Original scripted series have become an increasingly »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Casting has begun on A&E's pilot for what will be a pre-riots 1990s-set Los Angeles crime drama, titled “The Infamous,” which hails from Joshua Zetumer (writer of the upcoming X-Men "Gambit" spinoff), and will follow the collision between a reformed South Central gangster looking to leave his criminal past behind him (but they keep pulling him back in, I'm sure), and the Lapd detective who is determined to take him down. Vanessa Bell Calloway has landed a series regular role, playing Ellie, a mother (likely to one of the two leads) and gifted singer who once performed with James Brown but now drives a city bus. “Original scripted series have become an increasingly important part of the A&E brand,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, head of programming at A&E. “By looking a few decades back in time, ‘The Infamous’ urgently explores the issues of racial tension and injustice that remain relevant today. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Vanessa Bell Calloway has booked a series regular role on A&E’s hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous. It revolves around two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster poised to break out of South La and the Lapd detective hell-bent on taking him down. It will be set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the La Riots. Calloway, repped by Artists International Management, will play Ellie, Shannon’s mother, a gifted… »
15 items from 2016
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