Louis Ortiz was an unemployed single father living in the Bronx when his fate changed for the better: after shaving off his goatee, people noticed he was a dead ringer for President Barack Obama. Capitalizing on his resemblance to the POTUS, Ortiz honed his Obama act with the help of a casting agent who manages a group of political impersonators (including Mitt Romney and a sleazy Bill Clinton), and hit the road in pursuit of an unlikely version of the American Dream. First time director Ryan Murdock follows Ortiz’s story with humor and heart, charting his transformation and the obstacles he overcomes alongside the changes taking place in America during Obama’s first two terms in office. Along the way, we discover something interesting about what it means to be someone you’re not.
The screening on 8/1 at 3 pm will be followed by a Cinema Salon session in Clinch Park