Southside with You

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USA | 2016 | 80 minutes | Richard Tanne

Spend a disarmingly romantic 1989 summer afternoon with the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, as he woos his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side in a real-life version of Before Sunrise.

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Current events repeat themselves: first as news, then as a sweetly meandering, Before Sunrise-style rom-com. Southside with You chronicles the summer afternoon in Chicago in 1989 when the future president of the United States, Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers), woos his future First Lady on a first date. Michelle (Tiki Sumpter) insists that this is "not a date"—in fact she's his adviser at the law firm where he's a summer associate—raising the hard-to-get stakes in a story whose ending we already know. On their way to attend a community meeting, with time to kill, the young Michelle and Barack stroll through the Art Institute, take in a screening of Do the Right Thing, and finish at Baskin-Robbins. They discuss their backgrounds—hers encouraged her to embrace education and succeed; his, in Hawaii, was less stable and more laid-back—and occasionally argue, but Barack's conciliatory skills at the meeting seem to seal the deal. The idling leisure of their long date, and their reflective conversations about African-American identity, could charm even those who voted the other way.

Director Biography
Richard Tanne was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, the son of a special-education teacher and a bankruptcy attorney. As a young boy, his father took him to the movies and his mother told him bedtime stories. Southside with You marks Tanne's feature writing and directing debut. He is also currently writing a film for Pixar.

Sponsored by W Seattle Hotel, KING 5

  • Director: Richard Tanne
  • Principal Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Robert Teitel, Tika Sumpter, Richard Tanne
  • Screenplay: Richard Tanne
  • Cinematographers: Patrick Scola
  • Editors: Evan Schiff
  • Music: Stephen James Taylor
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
  • International Sales: WME