June 7, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The script for Justin Simien’s first feature film, “Dear White People,” was inspired by Simien’s experiences at predominantly white Chapman University. After a concept trailer created an overwhelming response on a crowdfunding site and far exceeded his fund-raising goal, the film won awards at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival. “Dear White People” then embarked on an impressive theatrical run—and immediately ignited a national conversation on race, sexuality, and gender.
Now, with the recent premiere of his Netflix series of the same name delving deeper into those issues and reaching an even greater audience, Simien joins us for a provocative discussion of entertainment’s role in the turbulent times we find ourselves in. Was there ever really a “post-racial” America? Is such a place possible? How can movies and TV address uncomfortable topics with humor, and what can creators expect when they wade into those treacherous waters?