U.S. News Exclusive: Sony-HBO Plan Obama Documentary

Let’s just say award winning!  Better yet this documentary will eclipse the work of one of his biggest supporters, Michael Moore. Can’t wait to see how they are able to capture probably the biggest story of our lifetime.



You knew it was coming: A movie of Barack Obama’s historic election as the nation’s first African-American president. Sony Pictures tells Whispers that it has acquired the rights to distribute the HBO documentary By t he People: The Election of Barack Obama. In describing the film, the media giants say that the previously untitled flick won’t be just a collage of biographical and campaign video. Added will be interviews with staffers and campaign aides to give us a behind-the-scenes look at life in Obamaland. It ought to be pretty polished: Ed Nortons Class 5 Films did the work.

CULVER CITY, CA (April 8, 2009) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has acquired all media rights internationally (excluding UK television) and domestic home entertainment rights to the previously untitled documentary feature film BY THE PEOPLE: The Election of Barack Obama . The announcement was made today by Steve Bersch, President, SPWAG and Keith Le Goy, President, International Distribution, Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

Produced by Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films and directed by Amy Rice (From Ashes) and Alicia Sams (Toots), BY THE PEOPLE: The Election of Barack Obama will be released theatrically in the U.S. by HBO Documentary Films. The documentary follows the former Senator from the announcement of his candidacy to his historic election and inauguration as the first African American president of the United States. Told through unprecedented and exclusive footage of Obama and his staff, the film offers viewers an all-access pass to campaign life on the road to the White House.


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