Obama Documentary Directed by Davis Guggenheim Out Next Week
Davis Guggenheim will once again work to sell Barack Obama to the American public.
Having teamed on a short film touting the then-Senator's biography that was shown at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the director is now set to release a 17 minute documentary about the work that Obama has done since he reached the Oval Office.
The film, which will be teased in a trailer later this week, will be shown at different Obama campaign stops starting next week. It will “put into perspective the enormous challenges that the nation faced when the president took office and the strides we’ve made together,” Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager, told reporters on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
Guggenheim has dipped into advoacy before; he won an Oscar for his collaboration with Al Gore on 2004's global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and his take on the educational failings in America, Waiting for Superman, was a sensation at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, he took charge on It Might Get Loud, a documentary about the band U2 that bowed at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011.
Despite his collaboration with Guggenheim, Obama has lost some standing with Hollywood, which has donated significantly less to his campaign than it had at this point in the last election cycle.
Eva Longoria, who was recently named a co-chair of his re-election effort, took issue with what she called underappreciation of the president.
“There are so many things that he has delivered on that I find people overlook," she recently told The Hollywood Reporter. "And I think the rhetoric against him is so sharp from the primaries, that it’s dangerous for people to buy into the misinformation that’s out there."