Thanks to your overwhelming support we have SURPASSED our initial goal of $25K towards pre-production funds BUT WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR FINISHED! This is a million dollar production and the more money we raise the sooner we can get this movie completed and in theaters! Let your voices be heard. Watch, donate, and SHARE!
Remember when Black movies didn't neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn...
Well believe it or not there was a time when "Black Art-House" was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In The Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn't before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can't do it without you!
Here's the deal...we're looking to raise seed money that will go a tremondously long way in securing the capital we'll need to produce our million dollar indie feature. With our trailer, script and your help, we believe we can bring this exciting piece of cinema to life! Join us, won't you?
Join us by helping to seed this awesome project! We've got a promotional trailer and a great script, but we need your help in getting it in front of the right people. In order to acquire the capital needed to move into production we'll be using funds raised to:
- Retain legal services
- Prep a production budget and schedule with a skilled line producer
- Put on a star-studded table read event in June to attract financiers
- Research, storyboard and cover other pre-production costs
In return we are gonna hook you up!
We see you as a partner in the film and want to make you a part of this experience. In exchange for your help we're dishing out on-screen credits, a VIP seat at our star studded table read, official merchandise, and even a walk on role in the film! Check out all the cool prizes to the right and join the DWP fam!
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular "African American" themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in "post-racial" America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
There hasn't been a film like DEAR WHITE PEOPLE in a long time, and it's sure to cause a stir once we get it to the big screen.
Our creative team is passionate, diverse, connected and experienced enough to get this project to the finish line...with a little help from you of course!
JUSTIN SIMIEN - WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Justin is a Los Angeles based producer, writer / director currently working on a slate of original digital programs for Participant Media's Take Part TV launching this July. In addition to producing, directing and editing numerous shorts and webseries, he has worked several publicity and marketing campaigns for Focus Features, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures over the last seven years. With "Dear White People" he hopes to make his feature directorial debut.
LENA WAITHE - PRODUCER
Lena is a Los Angeles based writer, producer, director currently working as a staff writer on a new half-hour sitcom called, How To Rock, for Nickelodeon. In addition to writing the internet viral sensation Sh*t Black Girls Say, she has helmed several short films.
ANN LE - PRODUCER
Ann is currently Managing Director at the Hub LA, a creative space and social enterprise with the mission to connect, empower and resource the people of LA working to create change. Prior to the Hub, Ann was an executive in Universal Pictures International Production Group, working on local-language and multi-territory film projects from development to distribution, upon completion of the Universal Pictures Leadership Program. Ann previously was Vice-President of Fixed Income Sales and Trading at Banc of America Securities/Merrill Lynch and has worked on the trading floors of London, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Merging her Wall Street and film production backgrounds, Ann has produced a number of film shorts, web series and PSAs. She was a 2010 Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow and has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
ANGEL LOPEZ - PRODUCER
Angel is currently working as a Producer for Participant Media's TakePartTV, an original YouTube channel launching in July. Before that, he spent five years at Participant in the narrative features division, where he contributed to such projects as The Soloist and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Angel also worked at Focus Features in both development and marketing, where he contributed to the campaigns of such noteworthy films as Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, Pride & Prejudice, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Angel has also participated in talent enrichment programs for Outfest and Film Independent.
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