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.
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 ]