I first read about this film when it was at another festival earlier this year either the Tribeca or Sundance (can’t remember which and doesn’t matter since I didn’t attend either!) but from the moment I saw the image of the POC, the amusing topic and well the cast .. oh my the cast. Well it made my heart flutter! It’s not often that this topic is show on TV let alone in Film from the non white POV (where they feel uncomfortable or they have a ‘magic’ negro/latin/asian to move the story along to make the white people .. well better white people!). So imagine my pleasure to see that it will be screened as a GALA for the upcoming LA Film Fest (June 11 – 19, 2014)
I’m hoping to be able to cover the red carpet to talk with the cast, writers and directors about the how/what/when/why of coming up with the story and getting it made. I’m sure getting it made was the REAL battle $$$$ and no connections is why alot of talented people haven’t made in Hollywood! If your in LA or planning to make a trip to SoCal plan it around this festival that is an adept blend of indie and big budget films! So buy your ticket NOW
to see Dear White People before it sells out! What the heck SPLURGE and buy a package so that you can enjoy the festival and see everything!
Dear White People
(USA, 2014, 106 mins, DCP)
Directed By: Justin Simien
Screenwriter: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Executive Producers: Stephanie Allain-Bray, Leonid Lebedev
Cinematographer: Topher Osborn
Editor: Phillip Bartell
Music: Kathryn Bostic
Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell
Samantha White is a bold young student at the prestigious Winchester University who wants change and is not afraid to provoke it. Tired of the empty gestures and the phony platitudes other students offer the administration in the name of diversity, Samantha walks the ornery talk she gives on her radio show, Dear White People
, by running for president of the all-black residence hall. If only everyone could keep up with her politics.
Justin Simien’s prize-winning directorial debut is a satirical look at campus life and racial identity in a “post-racial” America. An ensemble cast of rising star talents, including Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris and Brandon Bell, makes the political very, very personal.