This is great news for anyone who was unable to se seen the Lionsgate feature during its limited theater release.
The DVD and Blu-Ray options will include extra features: a “The Making of ‘Dear White People'” featurette, music videos, deleted scenes, outtakes, “racism Insurance” skits, “The More You Know About Black People” (a PSA Web Series), “Apps: Black Friends When You Need Them,” something called “LEAKED: Banned Winchester U Diversity,” and two audio commentaries — one by writer/director Justin Simien, and another with Justin joined by the main cast — Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls), Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris / Walking Dead), Teyonah Parris (Mad Men) and Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights).
Also starring “Allstate Man” Dennis Haysbert (24), Dear White People which explores racial identity in “post-racial” America. It 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.
“It’s less about white people,” said Justin. “It’s more about this idea that a black identity can’t be formed unless it’s in reaction to white mainstream culture. These characters are grappling with admitting that fact.”
Gaining steam in June 2012 after an Indiegogo campaign, Dear White People won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance in January 2014.
In March 2014, it was jointly acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. And in June 2014, the film picked up an award from the Seattle International Film Festival for Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature.
Actress Tessa Thompson also won Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in October.
Though it didn’t receive a wide theatrical release following its October 17, 2014 premiere in the U.S., Dear White People “has been a global sales hit” according to HollywoodReporter, which reported in November:
“Brian O’Shea‘s The Exchange, which is handling world sales for Dear White People at AFM, has closed multiple major territory deals for the Sundance title, including for France, Spain, Korea and Latin America, with all English-speaking territories and Scandinavia set to go soon.”
A successful international performance could be one of many indications that black American films not doing well overseas has more to do with Hollywood’s racism than “racist audiences.”