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BARACK OBAMA “VISION OF HOPE” A PORTRAIT OF YOUNG BARACK OBAMA FEATURING THE “LOST” 1993 INTERVIEW 15 YEAR S B EFOR E HE WOU LD B ECOME THE MOS T P OWER FU L P ER S ON IN THE WOR LD! 341 LAFAYETTE STREET SUITE 24 NEW YORK, NY 10012 Tel: 212-420-8800 646-221-6303 mobile E-Mail: SGCNY@aol.com www. sgco.biz C The Stuart Goldman Co., and Zeke Gonzalez 2008 PROPOSAL 1, 12-5-08 A B OVE: OB A MA ’S “L OST ” INTER V IE W 1993 “An (African-American) could be president in the next 40 years.” --Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 “We’ve got to get involved if we’re going to make a difference.” -- Barack Obama, 1993 “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the Dream of our Founders is still alive in our time… tonight is your answer.” -- Barack Obama, Nov. 5, 2008 Barack Obama has become a myth even before he takes office. No other president in memory, including John Kennedy, was so idolized and celebrated by the people before being sworn in to the presidency! Obama Mania is a reality, with t-shirts, posters and original art being sold on the street, on TV and on-line. The impending Obama inauguration, daily staff appointments, initial press conferences, and the Obama Family dominate every aspect of the worldwide media. SGC is proud to announce the discovery of what is believed to be the oldest interview of Barack Obama, from 1993, when he was a 32-year-old law professor at The University of Chicago. SGC has acquired exclusive rights to this interview for use in the new documentary one-hour production “Barack Obama: Vision of Hope.” Filmed at a local community TV station in Chicago, the 15-minute interview has never been previously released, and it is now the centerpiece of this production. “Barack Obama: Vision of Hope” with the “lost” 1993 Obama interview, reveals an astonishing, close-up portrait during the formative period in Barack Obama’s early career—before contemplating running for public office! It is a fitting tribute to the man who just fifteen years later, will become the most powerful person in the world. “Barack Obama: Vision of Hope” reveals an unseen perspective of our new president at the very start of his career. Yet even at this early time in his life, a vision of hope for change shines brightly. Just out of Harvard Law School, he is forming ideals and impressions that will lead him on an amazing journey in the years to follow. This is the story of the beginning of that journey. In 1993, Obama has a lot to offer. He is focused on debating the great issues of our democracy in his classroom, and helping people in the local community. He is writing his first book on civil rights from a personal viewpoint. He is aware how much people, especially minorities, distrust politicians but recognizes the power to change is linked to elected office. “We’re all very cynical about...politicians, and about Washington. But politics does matter. Very concrete life choices are affected by what happens in Washington, DC...or the City Council.” -- Barack Obama, 1993 “Barack Obama: Vision of Hope” explores how young Obama developed the principles and ideals that would guide him on his rise to power, and how he recognized that public office would be his pathway toward making change happen and realizing his goals. Starting with a grassroots effort in local Chicago communities to organize and register voters, Obama saw dramatic change start to happen through his labors. Organizing and working with community leaders in these efforts made him realize his own potential to become a great leader. In addition to the “lost” 1993 interview, “Barack Obama: Vision of Hope” will feature interviews with individuals who knew Obama in his early days to round out a fascinating portrait of a brilliant young man…such as community leaders, former students, local merchants, friends, and others. B-roll, rare photos and other clips of Obama’s Chicago will also also be incorporated. In 1993, Barack Obama is two years out of law school, newly married, writing his first book “Dreams from My Father,” and teaching civil rights and constitutional law. At the University of Chicago’s notoriously conservative law school, he is known to provoke heated legal debates among students and fellow professors. How did this experience inspire him to run for public office? In the newly-discovered 1993 interview, Obama covers a range of topics of great personal passion which will be explored in this production. Perhaps most striking is how his rhetoric bears strong similarity to his 2008 presidential campaign speeches: ideals of a more equitable democracy and a better life for Americans, especially the underclasses. Through the “lost” 1993 interview, the foundation of Obama’s philosophy and guiding principles comes into focus…ideals that would lead him to the presidency. “If a point comes where I think I can do more good in a public office, then I might think about it, but that time is certainly in the future.” --Barack Obama, 1993 Note: SGC is currently identifying interviewees, other rare footage and stills and other elements that will be included in this production. KEY PERSONNEL BRIEF BIOS Stuart A. Goldman, executive producer. Mr. Goldman has produced many notable, award- winning biographical and historical documentaries about famous people including “Elvis in Hollywood” for worldwide distribution; “Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean” for CBS-TV; “Alberta Hunter: My Castle’s Rockin’” for PBS; and “Joseph Campbell: Mythos” for PBS. Jonathan Grupper, writer-producer. Mr. Grupper has written and/or produced hundreds of hours of documentary programming for such networks as the History Channel, Discovery, WGBH Boston and A&E. His credits as writer and/or producer include “Katherine Hepburn Intimate Portrait” for ABC-TV/Lifetime, “This Week in History,” for the History Channel and “Stephen Hawkings Universe” for PBS. Zeke Gonzalez, co-executive producer. Mr. Gonzalez is the producer and owner of the “lost” Obama interview and has extensive background in Chicago community affairs television production. Stephen J. Goldberg, co-executive producer. Mr. Goldberg is an entertainment attorney and a screenwriter. He has extensive historic knowledge and background in the category of presidential history. He is the author of an unproduced screenplay about Lyndon Johnson.
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