Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Sundance Comedy ‘Dear White People’

Dear White People Sundance

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “Dear White People,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” follows the stories of four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by a white fraternity.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Dear White People’

The comedy, Co-starring Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and Tessa Thompson (“Veronica Mars”), won the special jury award for breakthrough talent at Sundance.

“Justin Simien is a funny, fresh and current voice with his finger on the Millennials’ pulse,” said Roadside’s co-president Howard Cohen.

Deal was negotiated by Marc Danon and Jean Chi on behalf of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, and by WME Global and attorney Irwin M. Rappaport.

Simien, repped by WME and Oasis Media Group, was one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2014.

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  1. Carly Harmon says:

    This looks funny. Can’t wait to see it. Plus I heard Dennis Haysbert is in it, so I’m definitely going to go see it!

  2. belle says:

    Reblogged this on belle magazine project and commented:
    We can’t wait to see the film tomorrow at the Film Society of Lincoln Center! So exciting to hear that it’s coming to theaters soon

  3. Does this mean that Dear White People will be coming to theater’s soon?

    • Smooth says:

      Probably very soon. Whether that’s a good thing or bad, the jury is still out. I wish that they could or would change the title, I know that’s just me. I see that it’s being marketed as a comedy which is good, I’m hoping that the title had nothing to do with the reason to purchase.

      • Smooth says:

        Jones, since you obviously didn’t read the part where I said that “It’s just me”, why don’t you go and play with yourself. If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? If you are rich, why don’t you have something else to do besides making an asinine reply to a comment that you didn’t understand? Keep it moving Einstein.

      • “Whether that’s a good thing or bad, the jury is still out.”

        Um, how could the jury not be out for a film that hasn’t premiered on the national stage yet? DO you mean box office or….uh, wait…

        “I wish that they could or would change the title, I know that’s just me.”

        For what possible reason??

        “I see that it’s being marketed as a comedy which is good,”

        That’s because, er, is a comedy.

        “I’m hoping that the title had nothing to do with the reason to purchase.”

        Like you wish the titles of “Cooties,” “Life After Beth” and “Infinitely Polar Bear” had nothing to the reason to purchase either?

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