*Earlier this week, Hellobeautiful hosted a private screening event at Neue House featuring the upcoming Miramax Films/Roadside Attractions film, Southside With You, starring Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers and directed by Richard Tanne.
The evening concluded with a Q&A moderated by HelloBeautiful.com team member, Keyaira Kelley. The Q&A was also available to stream via HelloBeautiful.com ‘s FaceBook Live feed where it is still available to currently view.
Special guests in attendance included Hill Harper, Ty Hunter, June Ambrose, Malik Yoba, Betty Idol, Vicky Jeudy and more!
About the Film
Inspired by accounts of the first couple’s first date, Richard Tanne’s romantic and intimate directorial debut South side With You brings audiences along for the ride as charming first-year law associate Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) takes reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) on a daylong excursion in and around Chicago’s South Side.
It takes some coaxing for Barack to persuade Michelle, his advisor at the firm, to join him in a whirlwind of activities on a hot summer day in Chicago, 1989. Michelle, a career-oriented, Ivy League-educated attorney and the only black woman at her firm, has her guard up against even a whiff of perceived impropriety. The last thing she wants is for her superiors to judge the firm’s two African-American colleagues for unprofessional behavior.
Barack agrees in theory, but his profound attraction to Michelle trumps caution. And he’s self-confident enough to believe he can remain professional and capture her heart at the same time. His all-out attempt to win her affection includes a visit to an art exhibit, a rousing community meeting he leads at a South Side church, and a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Although the pair have no inkling they will someday make history together, the fact that the date marks the first spark of romance between the future first couple makes this sweet and inspiring love story all the more poignant.
Southside with You stars Tika Sumpter (Get On Up, “Bessie”), Parker Sawyers (Zero Dark Thirty, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (Coming To America, What’s Love Got to Do With It). The film is written and directed by Richard Tanne (You Never Left, “Cinema Cool”). Producers are Robert Teitel (Soul Food, Barbershop), Richard Tanne and Tika Sumpter.
Executive producers are Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Carrie Holt de Lama, Tracey Bing, Zanne Devine and Rosanne Korenberg. Patrick Scola (A Beautiful Now, Here Build Your Homes) is d irector of photography. Production designer is Lucio Seixas (Never Forever,The Sleepwalker). Film editor is Evan Schiff (Everly, The Time Being). Costume designer is Megan Spatz (Unexpected,American Fable). Music is by Stephen James Taylor (Maya Angelou and Still I Rise, Phantom Punch). Tracy “Twinkie” Bird ( Fruitvale Station, Jumping the Broom) is casting director.
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