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Watch: Trailer For Sundance Satire 'Dear White People' Brings Black Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 6:26 PM
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Dear White People
How do you make a comedy about contemporary race relations in America, without being reductive or offensive? Hell, don't ask us, but writer/director Justin Simien seems to have figured it out and then some. His "Dear White People" was a buzz title at this year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, and a new full-length trailer has arrived to present the sharp satire.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Award Winning Comedy 'Dear White People'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 1:49 PM
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Dear White People
With a title like "Dear White People," you already know that writer/director Justin Simien is getting the knives out. But thankfully, his comedy is carefully cut, with his film taking home the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent this past January, and the film is now headed near you and the first trailer has arrived.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards: 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller Wins Top Prizes

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 26, 2014 2:32 AM
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival awards are in. We'd provide greater context, but we're really tired, plus we hope you've been reading our reviews and learning a little bit along the way. If not, stay tuned for Monday when we do a much larger Sundance recap from everything we saw, plus an upcoming Sundance-centric podcast.

Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People’ Is A Sharp Satire That Still Cares About Character

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 24, 2014 1:53 PM
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Dear White People
Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” pulls off a surprising number of things with startling ability. It’s an American film that talks about race with strong feeling, common sense and good humor; it’s an indie screenwriting-directing debut as polished as it is provocative; it’s a satire that also lets its characters be people; it’s a showcase of clever craft and direction as well as whip-smart comedic writing brought to life by a dedicated, charismatic cast that also conveys real ideas and emotion. It’s precisely the kind of first film you want to see at Sundance—brash, bold, beautiful and where the few minor flaws can’t overwhelm your appreciation of this film or stop your enthusiasm for the prospect of the next one.

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