'2016: Obama's America' circumvents liberal Hollywood to find successDocumentary probes roots of Obama’s political views.
By: DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t backed by any Hollywood movie studio. Reviews were mostly negative. It premiered in Houston, not Los Angeles or New York. And yet despite the unconventional release of “2016: Obama’s America,” the movie is now among the most successful political documentaries of all time — and it doesn’t show signs of cooling down ahead of the presidential election.
Thanks to its box-office earnings, “2016” is now the most successful conservative documentary of all time. It’s also the sixth overall highest grossing political documentary behind four Michael Moore movies and former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental film “An Inconvenient Truth.” It all adds up to a remarkable triumph for an indie film that circumvented the liberal waters of Hollywood.
The film continued to do well last week during the slower weekday period, especially considering that it was up against the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Distributed by Salt Lake City-based Rocky Mountain Pictures, “2016” is directed by Dinesh D’Souza, a former staffer for President Ronald Reagan who is now president of King’s College in New York and author of several books, including “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” the basis for “2016” that claims Obama’s beliefs are rooted in the anti-colonialism of his late father, a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president’s life.
The film premiered July 13 on one screen in Houston and slowly expanded over the past month. It is currently showing at the Luxury 5 Cinemas in Mitchell.