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Southside With You


One Chicago afternoon in 1989, a Harvard Law summer associate named Barack Obama finagled a tête-à-tête with an attorney from the prestigious corporate law firm where they both worked. Her name was Michelle Robinson, and his pretense was a friendly outing to a community organizer meeting. In Michelle’s eyes, it was most certainly not a date. But as ice cream gives way to a stop at the Art Institute, and the community gathering conveniently becomes a chance for Barack to lecture brilliantly on activism, it’s stunningly obvious to Michelle that this cigarette-smoking smooth talker is desperately trying to woo her. As their epic encounter continues into evening and these fiercely bright minds go head-to-head, sparks fly.

Southside With You takes plenty of poetic license to craft this charming, playful story out of true-life events, yet actors Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers embody the essence of two people matched in power, idealism, and intellect. As the second Obama presidential term winds down, it’s profound to consider just how serendipitous and consequential that day in 1989 was—not just for Michelle and Barack, but for America.

Screens with solemates
Told from the perspective of shoes, this film tells the story of a couple's journey through life—the ups, the downs, the passion, and the dedication it takes to share your life with the one you love.

YEAR 2016

SECTION U.S. Dramatic


RUN TIME 80 min


EMAIL bonnie_voland@imglobalfilm.com


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Artist Bio

Richard Tanne

Richard Tanne was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, the son of a special-education teacher, Robyn Weingarten-Tanne, and a bankruptcy attorney, Scott Tanne. 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/directing debut. He is also currently writing a film for Pixar.