Sundance selects two Chicago films for screening

Chicago earns its close-up at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with premieres of the feature “Southside with You,” about Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date and Media Process Group’s documentary on Maya Angelou, screening during the Jan. 21-31 festival in Park City Utah. 

“Southside with You” stars Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers as the future First Couple. It was written and directed by Richard Tanne and produced by Carrie Holt De Lama and LA’s Bob Teitel, a Chicago native.  It will screen among 16 selections in the US Dramatic Competition. 

“Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise,” the first feature doc made about the iconic writer, poet, actress and activist, was directed by Bob Hercules of MPG and Rita Coburn Whack; MPG partner Keith Walker was DP and David Simpson edited. “Angelou” competes with a dozen films in the Documentary section.    

Chicago connection:  Actor Michael Shannon, who got his start in Chicago theatre, appears in two Sundance feature entries, “Complete Unknown” and “Frank & Lola.”