Gloria Borland grew up in Hawaii around the same time as Barack Obama. She spent decades in Washington DC where she founded a cable TV channel, and independently produced a national TV series on PBS. Gloria has assembled an experienced creative award-winning team. Julie Sloan edited two movies that were nominated for Academy Awards.
She is currently on the faculty of the New York University Film School. Mike May won a National Emmy for producing a documentary for a cable network and he won a Regional Emmy for a documentary he produced for a Hawaii TV station. Aaron Yamamoto grew up on Kauai and was a Hollywood editor for 20 years. He edited 14 Hollywood movies for Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. Imiloa Borland is a production assistant who has assisted on over 50 in-the-field interviews for this Obama film.
This film is an epic historical documentary. It focuses on the people and places that shaped the 44th president of the United States. We completed 54 on-camera interviews in nine different states. We made 18 trips to Hawaii from Washington DC. We traveled to China and interviewed Mark Obama.
This Obama film was able to pierce the veil and interview people the big media companies could not reach. We spent years cultivating relationships to gain someone's trust. We had to peel away many layers of the onion to gain access to President Obama's relatives and old friends. Patiently waiting for these people to finally come around, has given this film a deeper and more insightful perspective on the young man who would some day become President.
"This film is historical and one for the ages."
Director of a Film Festival in Washington DC
"Advocacy films are made for the moment, the issue of the day. This Obama film is historical and should be positioned way about the fray. It is not a political film. This doc reminds me of a Ken Burn's historical film. I'm amazed with the extraordinary content. No one, no news organization, has the interviews you have"
"Your film is powerful because it is authentic. My advice is to position the film as a big historical documentary. You have an important film that will still be relevant and watched 20 years from now."