19 Burning Questions for Sundance 2014

Is 'Dear White People' the Next 'School Daze'?

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Ashley Beireis Nguyen

Debut director Justin Simien has already gone on the record against Tyler Perry, asking for Indiegogo funding with the sly question: "Remember when black movies didn't necessarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig?" More inspired by Do the Right Thing and Hollywood Shuffle than Big Momma's House, he's determined to bring black arthouse cinema back to the forefront. In Dear White People, an Ivy league campus hosts a black-themed costume party and all hell breaks lose. Will it push buttons? Definitely. The Indiegogo campaign trailer was so provocatively hysterical that it landed Simien on CNN.

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