Obama Pic, Angelou Doc Land at Sundance

Obama Pic, Angelou Doc Land at Sundance

The complete feature film lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival is out as of this afternoon and two Chicago-made productions have made the cut. The Barack Obama-Michelle Robinson romantic drama SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU is among sixteen films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The Maya Angelou doc AND STILL I RISE lands in the Documentary Premieres section of the festival.

Written and directed by Richard Tanne, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU is a chronicle of the summer afternoon in 1989 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. Cast includes Parker Sawyers as Barack and Tika Sumpter as Michelle, as well as Chicagoan Jarod Haynes among supporting cast. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU's producers include our very own Carrie Holt De Lama and Bob Teitel, the latter best known for launching the BARBERSHOP franchise on the South Side of this fair city.

MAYA ANGELOU: AND I STILL RISE is billed as the first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou, whose life has intersected some of the most profound moments in recent American history. The documentary is directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, lensed by Keith Walker and edited by David Simpson, with audio mix from Chicago's BAM Studios. Hercules and his team recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign, topping their $150,000 goal. More about this doc in LOADING DOC by SCREEN's Todd Lillethun.

The Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah. More about the Sundance lineup coming soon and if you'll be in Park City next month, please drop me a line at mac@screenmag.com, I'll be there for the full fest, see you there!

Photo Credit: Matt Dinerstein

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