'The Obama Effect' aims to rekindle 2008 when first black US prez was chosen
Washington | July 16, 2012 12:01:13 AM IST
Four years ago, the lives of Americans had changed after the country's first black president was elected, according to a new movie.
According to The Politico, 'The Obama Effect,' the movie was premiered over the weekend in selected theaters, with plans for a wider release in October.
Not to be confused with 2008's "Hype: The Obama Effect," by conservative non-profit Citizens United, this film is 'unabashedly, unashamedly pro-Obama,' writer-director Charles Dutton said.
Dutton also plays the lead character, John Thomas, a 50-something insurance salesman and father of three who becomes obsessed with Obama after suffering a life-threatening heart attack.
Dutton said that Thomas, while an exaggerated character, exemplifies the intense devotion of many Obama supporters leading up to the election.
"I was a real supporter of Obama, particularly in my home state and city, Baltimore, showing up at rallies and on radio interviews," Dutton said.
With his script, Dutton had intended to mix drama and comedy in portraying the historic campaign.
"No one made a lot of money on this film, in front of the camera or behind the camera," Dutton said.
"It was a labor of love, because everyone wanted to be involved in a project about this historical moment in the country," he added. (ANI)
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