Our first review from IndieWire / Shadow & Act
"This is a political film, but it would do it a disservice to slap it with something like “race-themed” and send it on its way. Because with all its nuance, Dear White People is funny. Like, really funny. And for the black viewer, a cathartic kind of funny. Some of the most amusing moments are the ones that catch the racial micro-aggressions of white people and hold them up to the light - comments like, “But you’re only technically black!” But what’s brilliant here is that the movie, while it does call white people out, is not merely an angry indictment on them, but a satire that breaks down all the archetypes, all the stereotypes that we as black people have about each other: the overcompensating militant “lightskint” girl, the Angry Black Man, the “But I’m not like other black people” type. "
If you want to keep up with us while we get our lives at Sundance make sure you’re following us on Twitter, instagram and of course Tumblr. Here’s some helpful info:
The cast will be taking lots of selfies so make sure you’re following them on insta:
• Tessa Thompson - @spankuuuverymuch
• Brandon Bell - @_Brandon_Bell
• Teyonah Parris - @ttbuttercup
• Ashley Blaine Featherson - @AshleyBlaine
• Marque Richardson - @MarqueRiiich
• Nia Jervier - @NiaJervier
• Brandon Alter - @TheBrandonAlter
• Courtney Sauls - @Court_McGee
• Jemar Michael - @jemarmichael
Be sure to follow the folks behind the scenes as well on both Twitter and Instagram:
(Writer/Director) Justin Simien - @jsim07 (both)
(Producer) - Julie Lebedev - @thisisresearch (both)
(Producer) - Effie Brown - @dulynotedinc (twitter)
(Producer) - Angel Lopez - @ariesssoul35 (both)
(Producer) - Stephanie Allain - @producedbySteph (twitter)
(Producer) - Lena Waithe - @hillmangrad (both)
(Producer) - Ann Le - @louieimportante (instagram)
Follow us and be sure to use the hashtags #DearWhitePeople AND #Sundance every time you shout us out. That way we know who’s riding with us!
Dear White People is more than a movie. It’s a movement born out of a desire to bring artful, meaningful, entertaining films that deal with and feature people of color back. Can’t wait to premiere in Sundance next week. Hope I do you proud! Check out my meet the artist for a sneak peek.
Check me out! Dear White People made me one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch! http://bit.ly/18PW8DU
The Texas-born filmmaker may mock Tyler Perry movies, but he insists he doesn’t intend “to throw shade at fellow black filmmakers,” as much as push back against studio executives with limited imaginations: “Films with predominantly white casts can come in any form, tell any story, big or small. For black films, you have the light fluffy rom-coms or Madea movies and then you have the black torture awards movie.”
It’s official - as we bid farewell to 2013, we’ll also be waving goodbye to our beloved concept trailer.
This amazing 3 minute trailer got us on CNN, made us Indiewire’s first project of the year, and helped us achieve our ultimate goal - which was to get the movie made. And we are beyond grateful for all the love you have shown it.
But as you know, all good things must come to an end. So in the spirit of moving forward, we’ve decided to retire the concept trailer. Yup, it’s fading to black. It got us this far, but now it’s time for the film to step into the forefront.
So please tell your friends that they have until December 31st to take one last look at the trailer that got you laughing, thinking, and excited to go to the movies again. And just so it goes out in style, let’s get it to cross the 1M mark on YouTube!