Writer-director Justin Simien’s persistently funny “Dear White People” was the talk of the town at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year after it earned the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. With the bonafide satire of the Obama age heading into theaters later this fall, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the latest official poster over on Vulture, and it’s a promo image that perfectly captures the film’s razor sharp social commentary, complete with the tagline, “A satire about being a black face in a white place.”
Just as Simien looked to crowd-funding fans to help him finance the picture, the new poster was designed by Nikkolas Smith, a 29-year-old architect who became a big fan of the movie after seeing it at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “As a young black male who grew up in suburban Houston,” Smith told Vulture, “the film is the movie I wish I had with me at all times to show to every person that threw stereotypes my way.”
Starring Tessa Thompson, Dennis Haysbert and Tyler James Williams, the movie follows four African American students at a prestigious Ivy League college after a riot breaks out over an African American-themed party thrown by white students. As it mocks and provokes the nature of our seemingly progressive times, the film pairs culturally-savvy brains with a goofy grin to become a humorous, thought-provoking meditation on America race relations.
Check out the new poster below: