2016 | USA | NR | 104 min.


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Wed, Jul 26, 2017 3:00 PM
Central High School Auditorium Thu, Jul 27, 2017 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:US Fiction
Release Year:2016
Runtime:104 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Vikram Gandhi
Produced by:Vikram Gandhi
Teddy Schwarzman
Ben Stillman
Dana O'Keffe
Screenwriter:Adam Mansbach
Cinematography:Adam Newport-Berra
Editing By:Jacob Craycroft
Cast:Devon Terrell
Anya Taylor-Joy
Jason Mitchell
Ellar Coltrane
Jenna Elfman


Before he was Barack, he was Barry—an intelligent, handsome, charismatic bit of a square, who struggled with questions of identity, purpose, and belonging. It’s hard to imagine a time when the coolest commander-in-chief on record wasn’t quite as cool, but this stellar biopic about the future 44th president’s college years at Columbia University in New York reconstructs how the biracial brainiac stepped outside his comfort zone to explore black culture while also navigating relationships with his white girlfriend (Anya Taylor-Joy) and mother (Ashley Judd). Dancing to the B-52s, reading “Invisible Man,” shooting hoops, and debating democracy via the ancient Greeks, the man we know now didn’t yet exist—but the future was calling. Led by Devon Terrell’s winsome lead performance, director Vikram Gandhi’s (“Kumare,” TCFF 2011) poignant charmer may reveal the events and relationships that shaped the man who would become the leader of the free world, but it also stands on its own as a tender coming-of-age story that doesn’t need a presidential pedigree to be profoundly impactful.

Brett Mitchell (Wed)
Alex Mendenall (Thu)

Jere & Gail Brown (Wed)
Al & Susan Cogswell (Thu)