Barack & Michelle Obama Film Set For Chicago

obamaThe romance between future President of the United States Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (née Robinson) is heading to the big screen in an indie featured titled SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU.  Filming is set to begin on location in Chicago in July of 2015.

The drama, which is in the vein of BEFORE SUNRISE, will recount the events of an afternoon in the summer of 1989 when the two had a first date across the South Side of Chicago.  Tika Sumpter (GET ON UP) is set to play Michelle and the filmmakers are currently looking for the actor to play young Barack.

Then a first year student at Harvard Law School, young Barack supposedly had a bit of difficulty convincing the young Michelle to go out on a date.  He was working for the summer at downtown Chicago law firm Sidley Austin where she was his boss.

The film will focus on the day they went on that first date.

Richard Tanne (WORST FRIENDS, THE ROMAN) wrote the screenplay and will helm the indie feature with  former Warner Independent exec Tracey Bing and Columbia Pictures alum Stephanie Allain producing for Allain’s Homegrown Pictures.


December 8, 2014        by Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at