Southside with You is a 2016 American romantic dramedy film directed and written by Richard Tanne at his directorial debut. 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. The film is scheduled to be released on August 26, 2016, by Miramax and Roadside Attractions.
Young associate Barack Obama tries to win the heart of a young lawyer, Michelle Robinson 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.
The 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.