The Filmmaking Team

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. 

Our creative team is passionate, diverse, connected and experienced enough to get this project to the finish line…with a little help from you of course!

JUSTIN SIMIEN - WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Justin is a Los Angeles based producer, writer / director currently working on a slate of original digital programs for Participant Media’s Take Part TV launching this July. In addition to producing, directing and editing numerous shorts and webseries, he has worked several publicity and marketing campaigns for Focus Features, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures over the last seven years. With “Dear White People” he hopes to make his feature directorial debut. 

LENA WAITHE - PRODUCER

Lena is a Los Angeles based writer, producer, director currently working as a staff writer on a new half-hour sitcom called, How To Rock, for Nickelodeon. In addition to writing the internet viral sensation Sh*t Black Girls Say, she has helmed several short films. 

ANN LE - PRODUCER

Ann Le is currently Managing Director at the Hub LA, a creative space and social enterprise with the mission to connect, empower and resource the people of LA working to create change. Prior to the Hub, Ann was an executive in Universal Pictures International Production Group for 4 years working on local-language and multi-territory film projects from development to distribution for the studio. Ann previously was Vice-President of Fixed Income Sales and Trading for 7 years at Banc of America Securities/Merrill Lynch and has worked on the trading floors of London, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Merging her Wall Street and film production backgrounds, Ann has produced a number of film shorts, web series and PSAs. She was a 2010 Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow and has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

ANGEL LOPEZ - PRODUCER

Angel Lopez has worked in film since 2003. His most recent stint was in development/production at Participant Media, where he spent five years working on various narrative features. Prior to joining Participant, Angel spent three years at Focus Features in both development and marketing, where he contributed to the campaigns of such noteworthy films as Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, Pride & Prejudice, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Angel has also participated in Outfest as a reader for their Screenwriter’s Lab, as well as offering his time as an industry resource for new talent through Film Independent.