Chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.
Southside With You is an 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.PlotA young associate tries to win the heart of a young lawyer 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.Cast Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson Vanessa Bell CallowayProductionThe original idea was developed by Richard Tanne in 2007, following that he started writing the script. 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. Tika Sumpter would be playing Michelle while no one had yet been cast for Barack’s role. 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