Biopics get the Sup Doc treatment as we examine them, pick ’em apart and finally present our prognosis. This is a fun sidecar project to our regular Sup Doc episodes. We thought biopics are the perfect compliment to documentaries and they are SO MANY of them! So we’ll be recapping biopics in a loose, funny format and dropping episodes whenever we can.
On this episode of Sup Doc Paco sits down with writer Adam Mansbach who wrote the biopic Barry currently available on Netflix. Barry is set in the year 1981 and focuses on the future president Barack Obama as he struggles to figure out his identity as he moves between various different communities and social circles while attending Columbia University. We also talk about race and identity, why he wrote his best-seller Go The Fuck To Sleep, working with Alan Zweibel, and his method and inspiration to write Barry.
Barry is a 2016 American drama film directed by Vikram Gandhi about Barack Obama’s life at Columbia University in 1981. It stars Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Ellar Coltrane, Avi Nash and Linus Roache. It was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released on Netflix on December 16, 2016.