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Exclusive: ‘Dear White People’ Director Justin Seimen Opens Up About Racist Halloween Parties

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After an award winning tour through the nation’s biggest film festivals, the movie “Dear White People” is coming to a theater near you. HipHollywood caught up with director, Justin Seimen, who won Sundance’s “breakthrough talent” prize for the movie, and he opened up about the using its message to curve the popular trend of racist Halloween parties on college campuses.

Over the past ten years, coverage and uproar surrounding African-American and minority themed parties thrown by white students on college campuses has grown steadily. Justin’s film “Dear White People” explores these kind of parties and the tension and hurt that they create on campuses across the nation.

HipHollywood asked Justin if he thought that his movie would stop or help prevent these parties from happening, but he was very skeptical. “As long as we have closed cultural loops of people, where they’re not that interested in hearing from the point of view of the ‘other,’ the more it will continue to happen,” Justin stated. “I can continue to put stuff like ‘Dear White People’ out there in the culture, but people gotta listen, they gotta go to the movies and watch it.”

Click on the arrow below to see our interview with Justin and the film’s star, Tessa Thompson.

“Dear White People” hits theaters October 17th.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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