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A Fresh Pair of Images from Sundance-Bound Barack & Michelle in ‘Before Sunset’-Style Romance, ‘Southside With You’

A Fresh Pair of Images from Sundance-Bound Barack & Michelle in 'Before Sunset'-Style Romance, 'Southside With You'

Here are new official images from “Southside With You,” the project that is being sold as a “Before Sunset”-style film (in short… man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a specified period of time), which takes place entirely in one day, set during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his future wife, Michelle Robinson (an associate at a Chicago law firm), out on a first date, which included a tour of Chicago’s South Side. 

The future couple also caught a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” – something the president has talked about previously. I assume that moment in time will be incorporated into the script.

The film, which is directed by Richard Tanne, from his own screenplay (co-developed with co-star of the film Tika Sumpter), will make its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival next month, in Park City, UT. 

Sumpter stars in the film (playing Michelle) while Parker Sawyers, known for parts in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), is playing Barack Obama, in a film based on the early romance between Barack and Michelle. 

Glendon Palmer, who joined IM Global as the leading producer/financier and international sales agency’s senior vice-president of development and production, is shepherding the project for the company. 

IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, president of production Matt Jackson, Palmer and Tracy Bing will serve as executive producers. 

Fresh images above and below. Looking forward to seeing a first trailer.

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