Director Justin Simien Explains Why His Movie Is Called ‘Dear White People’


“We can talk about the myth of reverse racism all day, but I think ultimately I’m a black filmmaker making an independent black film. If I called my movie, Ruminations On Race, or whatever, nobody would care who I am, or what I have to say or what I’m doing. So yeah, you have to get butts in seats.”

- Writer, producer, and director of Dear White People Justin Simien explains the title of his film – which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and will be released in theaters this October – after a screening last weekend.