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Director of the Award-Winning Film "Dear White People"

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Justin Simien is the writer, director and a producer of the critically acclaimed film Dear White People, which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also awarded with the Audience Award at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival, and it earned Simien a spot in in Variety magazine's 2013 10 Directors to Watch list.

Dear White People has also been turned into a TV series by the same name. The first season of the TV show, which is a Netflix exclusive, was released in April 2017 to critical acclaim.

Simien gained national attention after making a concept trailer for his then unproduced screenplay of Dear White People. That concept trailer went viral on YouTube, garnering over a million views and $50,000 in donations from fans around the world.

Simien's work has been compared to that of acclaimed director Spike Lee, but Simien, while he was inspired by Lee's work, says he doesn't want to be the next Spike Lee, but rather "the next Justin Simien."

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Simien announced that he is gay.

Prior to Dear White People, Simien directed three short films: Rings (2006), My Women: Inst Msgs (2009) and Inst Msgs (2009).

Simien studied film at Chapman University in California. Prior to directing his first feature film, Simien worked as a social media manager at Sony Television, a publicity assistant at Focus Features and a publicity coordinator at Paramount Pictures.

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Justin Simien

Director of the Award-Winning Film "Dear White People"

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Justin Simien Biography

Justin Simien is the writer, director and a producer of the critically acclaimed film Dear White People, which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also awarded with the Audience Award at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival, and it earned Simien a spot in in Variety magazine's 2013 10 Directors to Watch list.

Dear White People has also been turned into a TV series by the same name. The first season of the TV show, which is a Netflix exclusive, was released in April 2017 to critical acclaim.

Simien gained national attention after making a concept trailer for his then unproduced screenplay of Dear White People. That concept trailer went viral on YouTube, garnering over a million views and $50,000 in donations from fans around the world.

Simien's work has been compared to that of acclaimed director Spike Lee, but Simien, while he was inspired by Lee's work, says he doesn't want to be the next Spike Lee, but rather "the next Justin Simien."

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Simien announced that he is gay.

Prior to Dear White People, Simien directed three short films: Rings (2006), My Women: Inst Msgs (2009) and Inst Msgs (2009).

Simien studied film at Chapman University in California. Prior to directing his first feature film, Simien worked as a social media manager at Sony Television, a publicity assistant at Focus Features and a publicity coordinator at Paramount Pictures.

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  • Justin Simien: "A Personal Truth Can Be Universal."
  • Justin Simien: 'Dear White People' Was Born From Wanting to See ...
  • Directing In Color: Justin Simien Tackles Race, Identity In 'Dear ...

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  • How much does it cost to book Justin Simien?

    Booking fees for Justin Simien, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Justin Simien, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Justin Simien?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Justin Simien for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Justin Simien for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Justin Simien or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Justin Simien or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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  • Justin Simien: "A Personal Truth Can Be Universal."
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  • Directing In Color: Justin Simien Tackles Race, Identity In 'Dear ...

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