Filmmakers Behind Anti-Obama Movie Never Asked White House to Respond
Made for $2.5 million over nine months, â€ť2016: Obamaâ€™s America,â€ť was co-written and directed by John Sullivan and conservative author Dinesh Dâ€™Souza, who used his books â€śObamaâ€™s Americaâ€ť and â€śThe Roots of Obamaâ€™s Rageâ€ť to create a roadmap for the film.
Sullivan says that asking the Obama Administration for comment did cross their minds. â€śWe thought about reaching out early on, had a conversation about it but then we got into production and we were going so fast,â€ť Sullivan said.
When asked by the Journal, the Obama campaign declined to comment on the film.
The movie purports to show the effect Obamaâ€™s policies would have on America if the president wins a second term.
Although the film does show select parts of some of Obamaâ€™s speeches, including his Nov. 5, 2008 acceptance speech, the filmmakers had no direct interaction with the President or his cabinet during the making of the documentary.
â€śThis film is not a news story type of film,â€ť said Dâ€™Souza.
The pair said they did fact-check some of the figures they used in the film on the White House website.
Dâ€™Souza said he was looking to create an Obama version of â€śOut of Africa,â€ť the 1985 film starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. â€ťFrom the beginning I wanted to take the viewer on a journey that follows Obamaâ€™s life,â€ť he added.
Dâ€™Souza said he expected the Obama camp to â€śignore the filmâ€ť and â€śhope it will just go away.â€ť
Besting several new studio titles, the documentary earned $6.3 million over the weekend, expanding to 1,091 locations. After seven weekend in theaters, the film has grossed $9.2 million.
The filmâ€™s producers plan to screen the movie up to four times a day at a theater in Tampa, Fla., close to the main convention hall where the Republican National Convention is taking place. Both Sullivan and Dâ€™Souza are already in Tampa, and at the time of publication were participating in a panel discussion.