Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Sundance Comedy ‘Dear White People’

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.

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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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