‘Dear White People’ to Screen at Chicago International Film Festival in October

'Dear White People'

‘Dear White People’

Before Justin Simien ‘s highly-anticipated debut feature Dear White People hits theaters on October 17th, it will screen at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival (October 9-23, 2014).

The biting comedy, which explores racial identity in “post-racial” America, will be one of more than 150 films featured at the event, which is now in its 50th anniversary year.

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Dear White People follows four black students at an Ivy League college and the events that unfold after a white fraternity throws an offensive African-American themed party.

“The submissions this year have been particularly impressive,” said Programming Director Mimi Plauché . “These first titles offer audiences a preview of what they can expect during our 50th anniversary celebration: a thought-provoking, thrilling program replete with the work of auteurs and innovators alike.”

The film is set to screen on October 20th at 6:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $16-$20. Buy at ticketmaster.com .

Dear White People is an Indiegogo campaign success-story, winning the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance in January . In March, it was jointly acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions .

It stars Tessa Thompson ( For Colored Girls ), Tyler James Williams ( Everybody Hates Chris ), Teyonah Parris ( Mad Men ), Brandon P. Bell ( Hollywood Heights ), and “the Allstate Man” Dennis Haysbert ( 24 ).

[via shadowandact ]
[Updated 09/24/2014]