Dear White People


1h 46m 2014

Brief Synopsis

The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show "Dear White People" to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university's dean, defies his father's lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college's influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture-a subject he knows little about-while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV. But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche's outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its "unleash your inner Negro" theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Satire
Release Date
2014
Production Company
Code Red ; Code Red ; Wme Entertainment
Distribution Company
ENTERTAINMENT ONE/LES FILMS S+VILLE/LIONSGATE/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS; Entertainment One ; Entertainment One ; Happiness Distribution ; Les Films Séville ; Les Films Séville ; Lionsgate ; Lionsgate ; Roadside Attractions ; Ster-Kinekor

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show "Dear White People" to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university's dean, defies his father's lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college's influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture-a subject he knows little about-while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV. But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche's outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its "unleash your inner Negro" theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.

Crew

Aaron Afre

Art Department Assistant

Stephanie Allain

Executive Producer

Cheri Anderson

Art Director

Richard Anderson

Driver

Angela Barrett

Set Production Assistant

Phillip J Bartell

Editor

Joni Becker

Production Accountant

Kelly Berry

Art Department

Symone Blomlie

Wardrobe

Lynn Blumenthal

Casting

Kathryn Bostic

Music

Alex Bringham

Production Assistant

Effie T. Brown

Unit Production Manager

Effie T. Brown

Producer

Jason Chorba

Production Assistant

Pat Clancy

Film Lab

Andrew Clark

Boom Operator

Kim Coleman

Casting

Nicole Columbie

Line Producer

Erika Conner

Music

Ladonna Craelius

Assistant

Patrick Cyccone Jr.

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ricky Derr

Audio

Traverna Douglas

Wardrobe

April Garland

Location Manager

John Griese

Assistant Editor

Jeremy Gustafson

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jen Haberman

Assistant

Michael Hallett Arnold

Transportation Coordinator

Craig Hanson

Best Boy Electric

Jessica Harrison

Music Editor

Scott Hatcher

Assistant Editor

Van A. Hayden

Assistant Director

Corrin Hodgson

Gaffer

Steven Hoff

Wardrobe

Zack Howard

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Jahbo Hughes

Props Assistant

Elodie Ichter

Colorist

Christina Igoe

Office Production Assistant

Imani James

Wardrobe

Bryon Javar

Wardrobe

Nils Jiptner

Original Score

Ryan S. Johnson

Assistant Camera

Tiffany Johnson

Production Assistant

Bruton Jones

Production Designer

Mel Jones

Associate Producer

Lee Jordan

Casting

Matthew Kane

Grip

Robb Kelly

Makeup Artist

Frank Ketchum

Driver

Steve Kimble

Electric

Ann Le

Producer

Julia Lebedev

Producer

Leonid Lebedev

Executive Producer

Curtis Lindersmith

Film Lab

Brandon Lohstreter

Script Supervisor

Angel Lopez

Producer

George Lundquist

Driver

Pang Maggart

Art Department Coordinator

Chris Malone

Best Boy Electric

Nick Mchenry

Wardrobe

Colton Mehrhof

Production Assistant

Lowell A. Meyer

Assistant Camera

Teresa L E Meyer

Production Coordinator

Katie Milewski

Office Production Assistant

Deesha Miller

Wardrobe

Lee Mitchell

Driver

Mary Moga

Production Coordinator

Ian Moreland

Boom Operator

Glenn T Morgan

Supervising Sound Editor

Glenn T Morgan

Sound Designer

Matt Muegge

Grip

Andrew Mueller

Craft Service

Scott Nabat

Post-Production Supervisor

Chris Navarro

Adr Mixer

Ashley Nguyen

Still Photographer

Don Nguyen

Film Lab

Jacki O'brien

Assistant Director

Topher Osborn

Director Of Photography

David Parker

Sound Mixer

Javonta Patton

Wardrobe

Christian Popham

Apprentice

Rajiv Sarin

Driver

Leonard Schneider

Driver

Vitaly Shenderovsky

Music

Justin Simien

Screenplay

Justin Simien

Producer

Justin Simien

Writer

Joel Sisson

Property Master

Leo Skudlarek

Driver

D. Chris Smith

Sound Effects Editor

Ryan Smith

Driver

Adrian Sosa

Sound Effects Editor

Frederick H Stahly

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Jeremy Stapleton

Software Engineer

Kimberly Steward

Hair

Paul Stewart

Music Supervisor

Samantha Storch

Music

Elliot Surber

Grip

Gary Surber

Best Boy Grip

Chris Taft

Film Lab

Vanessa Toll

Casting Assistant

Layton Umpleby

Electric

Jeff Villars

Key Grip

Lena Waithe

Producer

Anne Westcott

Extras Casting Assistant

Ben Wilkins

Sound Effects Editor

Stella Valente Wilkins

Foley Artist

Mitchell Williams

Office Production Assistant

Michael Winn

Electric

Pete Wong

Office Production Assistant

Elaine R Wood

Assistant Director

Raslyn Wooten

Costume Supervisor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Satire
Release Date
2014
Production Company
Code Red ; Code Red ; Wme Entertainment
Distribution Company
ENTERTAINMENT ONE/LES FILMS S+VILLE/LIONSGATE/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS; Entertainment One ; Entertainment One ; Happiness Distribution ; Les Films Séville ; Les Films Séville ; Lionsgate ; Lionsgate ; Roadside Attractions ; Ster-Kinekor

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video February 3, 2015

Released in United States 2014

Co-financed through crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

Limited Release in United States October 17, 2014

Released in United States on Video February 3, 2015

Released in United States 2014 (Special Presentations)

Released in United States 2014 (Future Wave/New American Cinema)

Released in United States 2014 (New Directors)

Released in United States 2014 (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Released in United States 2014

Limited Release in United States October 17, 2014