Dear White People
U.S. Dramatic


2013, 108 minutes, color, U.S.A.

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent

At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count."

Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show Black Face/White Place smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show Doing Time at an Ivy League. The clamor over Sam's rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school’s lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, writer/director Justin Simien makes an auspicious debut with Dear White People, a witty and whip-smart satire about black militancy, postracial fantasies, and the commodification of blackness. Nothing is black and white in this playful portrait of race in contemporary America.

Director: 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

Production Designer: Bruton Jones

Editor: Phillip Bartell

Costume Designer: Toye Adepipe

Principal Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell

About the Director

Justin Simien is a Los Angeles–based producer, writer, and director who makes his feature directorial debut with Dear White People at the Sundance Film Festival. After a career in film marketing, publicity, and digital content creation, Simien's concept trailer for his film became a national conversation piece after going viral on YouTube.


1/18/2014 8:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 9:00 am
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 3:30 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 9:00 pm
Tower Theatre, SLC
1/25/2014 11:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/26/2014 1:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City