Malia Obama screens first movie at Sundance Film Festival

Malia Obama, the elder child of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama has jumped into the world of show business upon graduating from Harvard University in 2022, and is now a writer and director with two major projects under her belt.

The first daughter turned filmmaker Malia Obama has arrived at Sundance. She made her red carpet debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in the United States on Thursday night, Jan 18, for the premiere of her short film The Heart.

For the grand occasion, the 25-year-old looked cozy and casual in a light blue striped button-down, long gray wool coat, fuzzy gray scarf, and platform leather over-the-knee boots in a deep maroon.

She wore her curly hair down, with small braids scattered throughout, and seemed to have on minimal makeup.

The Heart is Obama’s first film, developed with mentor Donald Glover’s production company, Gilga. She and the Atlanta creator and star also worked together on the 2023 Prime Video miniseries Swarm, a dark satire starring Dominique Fishback, Chloe Bailey, Damson Idris, Billie Eilish, Rory Culkin, and Paris Jackson.

“The first thing we did was talk about the fact that she will only get to do this once,” former Community star Glover, who releases music as Childish Gambino, told GQ last year. “You’re [Barack] Obama’s daughter. So if you make a bad film, it will follow you around.”

Glover also said in a 2022 interview with Vanity Fair that the former first daughter is “very down to earth, and cool,” so working with her is always a positive experience.

A fresh talent, Obama also cowrote Swarm’s fifth episode, “Girl, Bye,” with seasoned pro and series co-creator Janine Nabers. (She is credited as simply Malia Ann.)

park city, utah january 18 malia ann obama attends the the heart premiere at the short film program 1 during the 2024 sundance film festival at prospector square theatre on january 18, 2024 in park city, utah photo by dia dipasupilgetty images
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“Some of her pitches were wild as hell, and they were just so good and so funny,” Nabers told Entertainment Tonight last year. “She’s an incredible writer. She brought a lot to the table … She’s really, really dedicated to her craft.”

“I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon,” Glover told Vanity Fair. “Her writing style is great.”

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

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