Writer-director Justin Simien has earned quite a few accolades from the film festival circuit for his feature directorial debut Dear White People, including Sundance’s Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent. Now that the film’s trailer is online, you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about. The provocative and satirical take on modern-day race relations follows a group of African-American students attending a predominantly white Ivy League school. I should probably mention that it’s at least in part a tongue-in-cheek comedy, so we’re not talking Higher Learning-level drama here.
Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Kyle Gallner, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson, and Dennis Haysbert, Dear White People opens October 17th in limited release. Hit the jump to watch the Dear White People trailer.
Check out the trailer for Dear White People below, courtesy of Roadside Attractions:
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.”
Dear White People stars rising talents Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris,” Peeples), Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls, “Veronica Mars”), Teyonah Parris (“Mad Men,” They Came Together), Brandon P. Bell (“Hollywood Heights”), Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street, CBGB), Malcolm Barrett (The Hurt Locker), Brittany Curran (“Chicago Fire”), Marque Richardson (“The Newsroom”) and Dennis Haysbert (“24,” Far From Heaven).