Back to All Events

Bronx Obama

When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn't see himself - a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope... of money. Bronx Obama tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the "look of a lifetime" and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.

Filmmaker Ryan Murdock's debut feature film has been in the making for nearly 3 years, as he intimately documented Mr. Ortiz's transformation during Obama's first term and the 2012 election season. The 90-minute feature documentary reveals a host of characters; a manager who pushes Louis hard to "become Obama," a seasoned "Bill Clinton" who dispenses advice, and a hard-working "Mitt Romney" who bets it all on his newfound career. Murdock captures unexpectedly hilarious moments along this Twilight-Zone-esque campaign trail while delving deep into the question of what it means to be someone you’re not.

New York: Sept. 18 at IFC Center. Part of the Stranger Than Fiction! Series.

Los Angeles: Sept. 21 at MacArthur Park as part of Ambulante California.

Earlier Event: September 18
Sex, Love and Salsa
Later Event: September 19
Latin American Film Festival