Coming soon – Obama: The movie

posted at 7:00 pm on February 26, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

What better time to announce this than on the day of the Academy Awards? President Obama seems to be making fast use of some of that campaign cash rolling into his coffers. Rather than wasting time with silly things like coming up with an energy policy, Team Obama is going Hollywood.

With Hollywood gathering this weekend for the 84th Academy Awards, President Barack Obama has recruited Oscar-winning documentary director Davis Guggenheim to again produce a short film for his campaign.

Obama’s re-election staff in Chicago spent $162,834 on the film last month, according to the January Federal Election Commission filing. Currently in post-production, the film focuses on the president’s first three years in office, according to a campaign official.

The film will be less than 30 minutes long and released in weeks, though the exact date hasn’t been decided, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The campaign is still considering how it will be used, the official said.

What to do with a thirty minute film is a good question. It’s not long enough to be a feature film, but buying a 1/2 hour slot in prime time across the country is a pricy proposition, even for somebody with those kids of cash resources. And who’s going to sit through a thirty minute campaign commercial?

Perhaps the pedigree of the players involved will help. As was noted above, the award winning Davis Guggenheim was tapped to head up the project. Does that name ring a bell? (Ahem.) The all-star cast is a given, natch. No word if Biden gets more than a walk-on role, though.

Unfortunately, since the film isn’t finished yet and there’s only a few hours left until the Red Carpet is rolled out, it doesn’t seem like The Obama Movie will have a shot at an Oscar tonight. I mean, you can’t really give an award out for work that hasn’t even been completed yet, can you? Then again, it worked for the Nobel Peace Prize, so…

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Not sure if it’s already been done, but I had to add…

“I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” from 1988.

freedomfirst on February 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Enemy of the State.

freedomfirst on February 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Barack Obama as Double-Oh Zero in Ian Fleming’s From China With Interest

Left Coast Right Mind on February 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Another Hollywood disaster film?

stop2think on February 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

It’s an epic, presenting the accomplishments of Obama since his boyhood in Indonesia. The title and initial credits are scheduled to last about 30 minutes, and the rest of the film will be Obama’s good doings.

dahni on February 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Coming soon – Obama: The movie



landlines on February 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

More like “Attack of the Killer Obamba”.

rjulio on February 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I guess we’ll find out what happens when you make a movie that nobody wants to see, and can’t afford the gas to drive there if they did!

dominigan on February 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

“As was noted above, the award winning Davis Guggenheim was tapped to head up the project.”

Apparently Zombie Leni Riefenstahl was not available- she’s in post production on “Third Reich 2- Let’s kill us some more Jews”.

GrassMudHorsey on February 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Scorn on the Fourth of July

FruitedPlain on February 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Crazy, Stupid, Policies.

My Left(ist) Theology.

Summer of Recovery, Winter of Discontent.

The Ten Commandments From Me.


BlaxPac on February 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Don’t Believe The Hype. (soundtrack by Public Enemy)

Try Hard

Try Hard II: I Tried Harder.

ScrewTape Letters II: Dreams of My Father.

Chicago Mope

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Flyover Country.

An Inconvenient Constitution.

BlaxPac on February 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Guess Who’s Paying For Dinner

Left Coast Right Mind on February 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

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