Southside with You

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Southside with You
File:SouthsideWithYouPromotionalPoster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Richard Tanne
Produced by
Written by Richard Tanne
Starring
  • Parker Sawyers
  • Tika Sumpter
Music by Stephen James Taylor
Cinematography Patrick Scola
Edited by Evan Schiff
Production
companies
Distributed by Miramax
Roadside Attractions
Release dates
Country United States
Language English

Southside with You is a 2016 American romantic dramedy film directed and written by Richard Tanne. The film stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as a young Barack and Michelle Robinson Obama, respectively. The film focuses on the couple's first date on an evening in 1989 and their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor. Principal photography began in July 2015 in Chicago. Tanne is making his directorial debut on the film.

The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.[1] The film is scheduled to be released in North American theaters on August 26, 2016.[2]

Plot

Young associate Barack Obama tries to win the heart of a young lawyer, Michelle Robinson in Chicago in 1989. On their first date, they visit the Art Institute of Chicago, view a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, and have their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor.[3][4]

Cast

Production

The Obamas dance during the President Obama Home States Ball in 2009.

The original idea was developed by Richard Tanne in 2007, following that he started writing the script.[8] On December 5, 2014, Deadline reported that there would be a romance film titled Southside With You based on the first date of American President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, set in Chicago where the couple met in 1989 and married in 1992.[9] Tika Sumpter would be playing Michelle while no one had yet been cast for Barack's role.[6] Tanne would make his directing debut on the film based on his own script, and Tracey Bing and Stephanie Allain would produce for Homegrown Pictures.[9]

On April 10, 2015, IM Global came on board to produce the film with producer Robert Teitel.[10] In April 2015, Sumpter talked with Vulture about her preparations to play the role of Michelle and she told that she was "nervous" because she was about to play "Michelle Obama, who is everything every woman wants to be," and she also told that she was reading some poetry and books to get know more about Michelle, so she could portray her role better.[11] On May 7, 2015, Parker Sawyers was cast as the young Barack Obama.[5] Producers on the film would be Tanne and Sumpter along with Glendon Palmer and Teitel through IM Global and State Street Pictures.[4]

Filming

Principal photography on the film began on July 13, 2015 on location in Chicago, Illinois,[12] following that some sources released photos from the set.[3][4][9] Filming wrapped up on July 31, 2015.[8][12] Locations included downtown, South Side, and West Side.[12] Filming was also done on Amstutz Expressway in Waukegan.[13][14]

On April 28, 2016, Miramax release the first official trailer for the film.[15][16]

References

  1. "Southside With You". Rotten Tomatoes. January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Southside with You (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 26, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 McNary, Dave (July 14, 2015). "First Look: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter as Barack & Michelle Obama in 'Southside With You'". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 N'Duka, Amanda (July 14, 2015). "'Southside With You': First-Look At Parker Sawyers & Tika Sumpter As A Young Barack & Michelle Obama". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Vlessing, Etan (May 7, 2015). "Obama Romantic Dramedy Casts Actors for Barack, Michelle Roles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 McNary, Dave (December 5, 2014). "Barack and Michelle Obama's First Date Subject of New Movie". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. McCarthy, Todd (January 24, 2016). "'Southside With You': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "'Southside with You' movie tells how Barack wooed Michelle Obama". ABC 7 Chicago. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Yamato, Jen (December 5, 2014). "Obama Romance Movie In Works – Who Will Play Young Barack?". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 10, 2015). "'Jumping The Broom' Producer Joins IM Global, Obama Romance Movie First Project". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Soo Hoo, Fawnia (April 30, 2015). "How Do You Prepare to Play Michelle Obama?". Vulture. Retrieved July 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Metz, Nina (June 25, 2015). "Movie about Obamas' first date to begin filming in Chicago next month". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. ""Southside With You"". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Moran, Dan (July 28, 2015). "Barack, Michelle Obama's first date re-created in Waukegan film shoot". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/obama-first-date-movie-trailer-southside-with-you-1201762931/
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oicetgBA3ZQ

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