Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Justin Simien’s much-anticipated Dear White People, the Sundance Film Festival 2014 award winning film (U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent) based on Simien’s own experiences at a predominately white university,and which centers on 4 black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American themed” party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in so-called ‘post-racial’ America, while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.
The film stars Tyler Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon Bell, and will next screen at the 43rd edition of the New Directors/New Films festival in New York City, which kicked off today.
It was produced by Effie T. Brown, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Ann Le and Lena Waithe, and exec produced by Stephanie Allain and Leonid Lebedev.
“Justin Simien is a funny, fresh and current voice with his finger on the Millennials’ pulse,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen. “His crowd-pleasing Dear White People took Sundance by storm, with its sly and extremely topical satire sparking conversations about our supposed ‘post-racial,’ 21st century America.”
Zeba Blay reviewed the film for S&A after its Sundance premiere, and, in short, she loved it. Read her thoughts HERE.
Watch the 3 clips below: