* Director will attend Q&A after 23/9 screening.
Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Richard Tanne is currently writing a feature film for Pixar. He was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey. Growing up, Tanne became engrossed with storytelling from his mother’s bedtime stories and regular excursions to the local movie theater with his father. As a teenager, Tanne’s writing brought local and national acclaim. He is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Education for playwriting and the winner of the Young Playwrights, Inc. National Playwriting Competition, founded by Stephen Sondheim.