feature: first official poster for ‘dear white people’ movie designed by fan

September 9, 2014

The first official Dear White People movie poster is out and was created by a fan. In case you were living under a rock, the movie tackles stereotypes, micro-aggressions and racism head on. Vulture reports: “The one-sheet was designed by Nikkolas Smith, a 29-year-old architect with a day job working on theme parks and roller-coasters for Disney Imagineering. By night, though, Smith works on his own art for fun, and after he saw Dear White People earlier this summer at the Los Angeles Film Fest, he felt inspired. “As a young black male who grew up in suburban Houston,” Smith told Vulture, “Dear White People is the movie I wish I had with me at all times to show to every person that threw stereotypes my way.”

Smith mocked up a poster centered on one of the movie’s four leads, gay nerd Lionel, who has to endure having his hair poked and prodded by curious white people on the daily. “Been there, felt that!” said Smith. “I knew if I could capture that ‘gravitational pull’ moment in one shot, it could be equally hilarious.” Encouraged by his friends, Smith then sent his poster to Dear White People writer-director Justin Simien, who loved it; distributor Roadside Attractions agreed, and the image eventually became the film’s official one-sheet in advance of its opening October 17.”