5 December 2013 6:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's been a good year for Justin Simien.  In March his debut film "Dear White People" was Indiewire and Tribeca Film Institute's first-ever Project of the Year; last week Variety listed him as a "Director to Watch" and yesterday it was announced that his film was selected to compete in the Us Dramatic Competition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. "it was always the dream to premiere at Sundance," the first-time writer/director told Indiewire. "I certainly felt like the film was worthy of it. We put in a lot of work to have it finished in time (to submit) for the festival." The feature about four black students who attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African American” themed party thrown by white students, is a satire that explores racial identity in postracial America. "The film is more about identity than racism," said Simien. »

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