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Dear White People ()


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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

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Lionel Higgins
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Samantha White
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Kurt Fletcher
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Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
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Troy Fairbanks (as Brandon Bell)
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Sofia Fletcher
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Gabe
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Reggie
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Helmut West
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Dean Fairbanks
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President Fletcher
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George
Kate Gaulke ...
Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James ...
Martin
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Mitch
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Gordon (as Bryan Porter)
Terry Hempleman ...
Professor Bodkin
Naomi Ko ...
Sungmi
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Curls
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Smoothe
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Wild
Casey Millard ...
Box Office Attendant
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Sophomore
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Newscaster #1
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Newscaster #2
Baratunde Thurston ...
Newscaster #3
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Coco's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy Baranczyk ...
Kurt's Attorney (uncredited)
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Sam's Friend (uncredited)
Mark Christine ...
Caterer (uncredited)
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Party Goer (uncredited)
Shawn Davenport ...
Student (uncredited)
Ross Destiche ...
College Student (uncredited)
Barry Drones ...
Party Goer (uncredited)
Mary Ellis ...
Gala Attendee (uncredited)
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Kurt's Friend (uncredited)
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Newbie (uncredited)
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Caterer (uncredited)
Brady Knutson ...
Flabbergasted Film Student (uncredited)
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Asian Student (uncredited)
Kelly Lavasseur ...
Rich White Girl (uncredited)
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Party Goer (uncredited)
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Student - Party-Goer (uncredited)
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Kelly (uncredited)
Andrew Maas ...
Connor (uncredited)
Ben Mark ...
History Student (uncredited)
Kayla Pentico ...
White Face Character (uncredited)
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Party Goer (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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College Student (uncredited)
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Asian Student (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ...
Professor (uncredited)
July Vang ...
Asian College Student (uncredited)
Liz Wandersee ...
Party Goer (uncredited)
Vee Washington ...
Armstrong Student (uncredited)
Mitchell Williams ...
Police Officer #1 (uncredited)
Teresa Williams ...
White Face Character (uncredited)
Annie Zimbel ...
Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by

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Justin Simien

Written by

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Justin Simien ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Stephanie Allain ... executive producer
Effie Brown ... producer
Mel Jones ... associate producer
Ann Le ... producer
Julia Lebedev ... producer
Leonid Lebedev ... executive producer
Angel Lopez ... producer
Justin Simien ... producer
Lena Waithe ... producer

Music by

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Kathryn Bostic

Cinematography by

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Topher Osborn

Film Editing by

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Phillip J. Bartell

Editorial Department

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Larry Ferguson Jr. ... post production consultant
Samuel w. Gailey ... post-production coordinator
Johnny Griese ... assistant editor
Scott Hatcher ... assistant editor
Élodie Ichter ... digital colorist
Curtis Lindersmith ... digital intermediate editor
Jeremy Stapleton ... software engineer

Casting By

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Kim Coleman

Production Design by

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Bruton Jones

Art Direction by

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Cheri Anderson

Set Decoration by

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Melissa Pritchett

Costume Design by

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Toye Adedipe

Makeup Department

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Robb Kelly ... makeup department head
Kimberly Steward ... assistant makeup artist / key hair stylist
Tray Styles ... makeup and hair assistant

Production Management

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Effie Brown ... unit production manager (as Effie T. Brown)
Nicole Colombie ... unit production manager
Scott Michael Nabat ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Van Hayden ... first assistant director
Jacki O'Brien ... second assistant director
Jorge L. Rivera ... first assistant director: music video
Elaine Wood ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Aaron Afre ... art department assistant
Mike Ascher ... art assistant
Ryan Patrick Bartley ... p.a.: music video (as Ryan Barley)
Kelly Berry ... art intern
Clint Bohaty ... leadman
Yuri Elvin ... p.a.: music video
Jahbo Hughes ... props assistant
Christopher Jackson ... art assistant day player
Pang Maggart ... art department coordinator
Andrew Mueller ... art department assistant
Ian O'Phelan ... graphic designer
Sabrina Osman ... assistant art director
Joel Sisson ... property master
Nikkolas Smith ... illustrator: One Sheet
Kody Wynne ... graphics designer

Sound Department

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Krysta Biondo ... additional audio
Andrew Clark ... boom operator
Joe Clark ... additional boom operator
Patrick Cyccone Jr. ... re-recording mixer
Ricky DeLena ... additional audio
Ricky Derr ... additional audio
Zack Howard ... re-recording mixer
Ashley Jennings ... additional audio
Richard Lightstone ... sound mixer
Donnie Little ... additional audio
Glenn T. Morgan ... supervising sound designer & editor
Ian Morland ... boom operator
Chris Navarro ... adr mixer
David Parker ... sound mixer
Matt Reale ... additional audio
D. Chris Smith ... sound effects editor
Adrian Sosa ... foley mixer / sound effects editor
Frederick H. Stahly ... dialogue editor
Stella Valente ... foley artist (as Stella Valente Wilkins)
Vee Washington ... re-recording mixer
Ben Wilkins ... sound effects editor

Visual Effects by

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Patrick Clancey ... digital opticals
Chris Taft ... digital supervisor

Stunts

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Justin Dobies ... fight coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Craig Hanson ... best boy electric
Corrin Hodgson ... gaffer
Ryan S. Johnson ... second assistant camera
Matthew Kane ... grip
Steven Kimble ... electrician
Alaina L Lewis ... bts footage (as Alaina L. Lewis)
Chris Malone ... best boy electric
Lowell A. Meyer ... first assistant camera
Keith Moechnig ... additional dit
Matt Muegge ... grip
Andrew Murphy ... lighting technician
Ashley B. Nguyen ... still photographer (as Ashley Nguyen)
Don Nguyen ... digital imaging technician
Elliot Surber ... grip
Gary Surber ... best boy: grip
Von Thomas ... digital imaging technician: pickup unit
Layton Umpleby ... grip
Jeff Villars ... key grip
Michael Winn ... electric

Casting Department

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Lynn Blumenthal ... casting: Minnesota
Jeremy Gustafson ... extras casting
John Hawkins ... extras casting
Lee Jordan ... extras wrangler
Vanessa Toll ... casting assistant
Anne Westcott ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Symone Blomlie ... wardrobe intern
Steven Hoff ... wardrobe intern
Imani James ... wardrobe intern
Byron Javar ... wardrobe intern (as Bryon Javar)
Nick McHenry ... wardrobe intern
Deesha Miller ... wardrobe intern
Jovonta Patton ... wardrobe intern (as Javonta Patton)
Raslyn Wooten ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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April Garland ... location manager
Brady Knutson ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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The Co-Stars ... composer: additional music
Vito A. Colapietro II ... additional music
Erika Conner ... music consultant
Neely Dinkins Jr. ... additional music
Jessica Harrison ... music editor
Nils Jiptner ... score mixer
Vitaly Shenderovsky ... music assistant
Paul Stewart ... music supervisor
Samantha Storch ... music consultant

Script and Continuity Department

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Brandon Lohstreter ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Richard Anderson ... driver
Michael Arnold ... transportation coordinator (as Michael Hallett-Arnold)
Frank Ketchum ... driver (as Frank L Ketchum)
George Lundquist ... driver
Lee Mitchell ... driver
Rajiv Sarin ... driver
Leonard Schneider ... driver
Leo Skudlarek ... driver (as Leo Matthew Skudlarek)
Ryan Smith ... driver
Sammy St. Croix ... driver

Additional Crew

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Angela L. Barrett ... key set production assistant (as Angela Barrett)
Joni Becker ... production accountant
Laurent Boyé ... international publicist / international publicity
Alex Bringham ... set production assistant
Jason Chorba ... set production assistant
Ladonna Craelius ... assistant: to Mr. Simien
Marcos Davalos ... delivery coordinator
Ashley Greyson ... marketing
Daniel Gusman ... marketing and publicity: international sales
Jen Haberman ... assistant: to Ms. Brown
DeMille Halliburton ... insurance provided by
Linda Harley ... office production assistant
Christina Igoe ... office production assistant
Tiffany Johnson ... set production assistant
Wellington Love ... publicity consultant
Nat McCormick ... world sales executive
Colton Mehrhof ... set production assistant
Teresa L.E. Meyer ... production coordinator (as Teresa Meyer)
Kati Milewski ... office production assistant (as Katie Milewski)
Mary Moga ... assistant production office coordinator
Andrew Mueller ... craft service
Karsten Nelson ... set medic
Brian O'Shea ... world sales executive
Ciera Payton ... adr: voice
Christian Popham ... production assistant
Kyle Rambeau ... legal services: Law Offices of Vince Ravine
Irwin M. Rappaport ... distribution counsel
Vince Ravine ... legal services: Law Offices of Vince Ravine
Deborah Ricketts ... stock footage (as Deb Ricketts)
Mitchell Williams ... production assistant
Phylicia Wissa ... adr voice: Voice
Pete Wong ... Production Coordinator PA
Ashton Fontana ... publicist (uncredited)
Brittny Garrett ... additional set production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mark Ankner ... special thanks
Ned Ehrbar ... special thanks
Bryan Stamp ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines A satire about being a black face in a white place See more »
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Also Known As
  • Querida gente blanca (Spain)
  • Drodzy biali ludzie (Poland)
  • Sevgili Beyaz Irk (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Αγαπητοί Λευκοί (Greece)
  • Уважаемые белые люди (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $347,959, 17 Oct 2014

Did You Know?

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Trivia Sam makes a student film that is critical of what she sees as white people's widespread fear of Barack Obama and titles it "Rebirth of a Nation." This is a reference not only to D.W. Griffith's notoriously racist 1915 Civil War movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) but also to something that filmmaker Spike Lee experienced while he was a first-year student at NYU's graduate film school. After being required to watch Griffith's film and objecting to the fact that his professors taught it only as a milestone in the technical development of cinema with no attention paid to its racism and its legacy of helping to relaunch the KKK, Lee made a student short film titled The Answer (1980) that responded to The Birth of a Nation himself. "The Answer" so offended many of his NYU professors that Lee was nearly expelled from NYU, but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote. See more »
Goofs When Sam is in the dining hall and chastises Kurt for eating in their dining hall - just before she stands up; she closes her Macbook twice. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Los Angeles (2019). See more »
Soundtracks 45 Drum Break See more »
Crazy Credits The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »
Quotes Professor Bodkin: ...Might I also remind you that I read your entire fifteen-page unsolicited treatise on why the Gremlins is actually about suburban white fear of black culture.
Sam White: The Gremlins are loud, talk in slang, are addicted to fried chicken and freak out when you get their hair wet.
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