Dear White People, Tessa Thompson as Sam

‘Dear White People’ to Hit Theaters in October

Tessa Thompson as Sam in 'Dear White People' (2014)

Tessa Thompson as Sam in ‘Dear White People’ (2014)

Currently making its festival rounds, Dear White People is now set for an October 17th theatrical release date in the U.S!

As Justin Simien‘s debut feature, the comedy explores racial identity in “post-racial” America, following 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.”

Teyonah Parris as Colandrea Conners and Brittany Curran as Sophie Fletcher in 'Dear White People' (2014)

Teyonah Parris as Colandrea Conners and Brittany Curran as Sophie Fletcher in ‘Dear White People’ (2014)

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.

The film won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance in January, and was jointly acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions in March.

'Dear White People' (2014)

‘Dear White People’ (2014)

This month at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dear White People also picked up an award for Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature.

This means Justin and his team have a couple months to release the frickin’ trailer already! Enjoy a few clips for now.