Sundance Prize Winner ‘Dear White People’ Picked Up by Lionsgate & Roadside
Justin Simien‘s debut feature Dear White People has been jointly acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.
The comedy, which won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance in January, explores racial identity in “post-racial” America.
It 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.
“It’s less about white people,” said Justin. “It’s more about this idea that a black identity can’t be formed unless it’s in reaction to white mainstream culture. These characters are grappling with admitting that fact.”
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 film gained attention in June 2012 after an Indiegogo campaign was launched to turn the concept trailer into a feature film.
Ahead of its Fall 2014 nationwide roll-out, the film is set to screen at New York City’s New Directors/New Films this weekend on Friday, March 21st at 9:00pm at Walter Reade Theatre (144 West 65th St) and Sunday, March 23rd at 6:00pm at MoMA Titus (11 W 53rd St).
Though an official trailer has yet to surface, enjoy a few clips below.