Poster Revealed for Sundance Competitor ‘Dear White People’
“A satire about being a black face in a white place,” Justin’s directorial debut follows four black students at an Ivy League college and the events that unfold after a white fraternity throws an offensive African-American themed party.
Starring Tessa Thompson (Everyday Black Man / For Colored Girls) Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), Teyonah Parris (Mad Men), Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights), and Dennis Haysbert (24 / The Unit), the comedy gained attention in June 2012 after an Indiegogo campaign was launched to turn the concept trailer into a feature film.
The campaign exceeded its $25,000 goal, raising more than $41,000. The fete didn’t go unnoticed by CNN and The Washington Post, and Variety has included the Los-Angeles filmmaker in their 10 Directors to Watch list.
“There is no way in hell this would have happened without the concept trailer,” says Justin. “I never had to go in and pitch the story. They knew what it was. Now I have a movie no one has seen and we also have a fan base.”
Very much inspired by Black art-house films of the 90s such as Spike Lee‘s Do The Right Thing, Robert Townsend‘s Hollywood Shuffle, and John Singleton‘s Boyz In Da Hood, a tongue-in-cheek Dear White People explores racial identity in “post-racial” America.
“I’m trying to say something new about the black experience that I don’t think is really out there,” Justin says.
The film is facing off against 15 other films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. See forthcoming screenings and a ‘making-of’ clip below:
1/23/2014 3:30 pm
Park City, Utah
1/24/2014 9:00 pm
Salt Lake City, Utah
1/25/2014 11:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre
Park City, Utah