The Sundance Institute announced on Wednesday the films that will screen during its annual film festival in Utah next month. Among the 118 feature-length films that will be shown at this year’s festival there are two that we’re especially excited about.

“Dear White People”

(Director and screenwriter: Justin Simien) – Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in “postracial” America while weaving a story about forging one’s unique path in the world. Cast: Tyler Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell.


“Drunktown’s Finest”

(Director and screenwriter: Sydney Freeland) – Three young Native Americans–a rebellious father-to-be, a devout Christian woman, and a promiscuous transsexual–come of age on an Indian reservation. Cast: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, Morningstar Angeline, Kiowa Gordon, Shauna Baker, Elizabeth Francis.World Premiere