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Bronx Obama

Year 2014
Runtime 92 mins
Language English
Subtitles No

A shave of the goatee changes Louis Ortiz’s life forever.

After nearly three years in the making, filmmaker Ryan Murdock’s debut feature documentary film follows the story of Louis Ortiz’s transformation during President Obama’s first term and the 2012 American election season. Ortiz is a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx, who shaves his goatee one day in 2008 and realizes he has a very uncanny resemblance to Barack Obama. Seeing the face of change, hope and most importantly money, he becomes a Barack Obama impersonator, chasing an American dream as he tries to cash in on the “look of a lifetime.” Bronx Obama delves deep into the question of what it means to be someone you’re not. AFI DOCS, BEST OF FEST. HOTDOCS, OFFICIAL SELECTION.


United States
Best of Fest - AFI Docs 2014
HotDocs 2014, AFI Docs 2014, True/False 2014, Traverse City International Film Festival 2014
Ryan Murdock
Executive Producer
Greg Henry, David Shadrack Smith, Justin Weinstein
Ryan Murdoch
Ryan Murdock
Mitra Bonshahi, Ryan Murdock, Craig Rinkerman, Jeremy Siefer
Louis Oritz