Left to right, “Dear White People” cast members Brandon Bell, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris and Kyle Gallner pose together at the premiere of the film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two made-in-Minnesota feature films are competing in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
“Dear White People” is about a biracial student who becomes president of an all-Black residential hall at a prestigious university. Los Angeles-based producer, writer and director Justin Simien directed the movie, which is described as “a satire about being a Black face in a White place.”
“Dear White People” is the first feature certified through Minnesota’s 2013 Snowbate incentive program.
Also showing is “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.” The film, shot in Japan and Minnesota, is based on the story of a young Japanese woman who came to America to find the ransom money buried by Steve Buscemi’s character in the movie “Fargo.”
The 10-day showcase of independent film kicked off Thursday in Park City, Utah.