The direct of the 2016 film “The Birth of the Nation,” Nate Parker, has officially announced the launch of the School of Film and Drama in his name at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.
The historically black college in East Texas also confirmed the news on Twitter. The choice of college isn\’t coincidental.?It once served like a setting to Denzel Washington-directed 2007 movie The truly amazing Debaters, which starred Parker making him a superstar, writes Arlene Washington from the Hollywood Reporter.
The School will institutionalize this fall. Before its official opening it will host a short, nine-day summer pilot program for 30 high school students and college seniors. Within an interview with ABC affiliate KLTV, cited by Yesha Callahan from the Root, Parker said?he wanted the college to focus on all vital aspects of filmmaking, including cinematography, sound, good reputation for the film, and much more. Parker also hoped the School will turn into a hub for college students pursuing a career in the movie industry:
\”If I\’m able to create a pipeline toward filmmaking physically through developing the college, having filmmakers be nurtured and cultivated here, after which having somewhere to allow them to go with respect on their behalf actually being able to engage in filmmaking here in East Texas, then it kind of serves multiple purposes.\”
Some Wiley College seniors have already been invited to join Parker’s new school as staff.
As Brennan Williams from the Huffington Post writes, this is not the first successful cooperation between your actor and director and Wiley College. Parker worked closely with the institution in the past to provide scholarships for talented students via the 100 Men of Excellence initiative. Moreover, Parker now is part of the College’s Board of Trustees, and the Wiley College\’s choir performs in the upcoming release of Parker\’s The Birth of the Nation.
Wiley College, like many other historically black colleges and universities, was established soon after the U.S. Civil War to provide the educational chances that had long been denied to black Americans. These institutions received special recognition through?the?Higher Education Act of 1965. Since that time they have become an important educational hub for college students of color and low-income Americans of origins, including some schools serving large populations of white students as well.
Nate Parker, 36, is definitely an American actor, director, writer, an artist and a producer. He was born and raised in Virginia and has a?degree in computer-programming from Oklahoma University with?some work in the field. A talent manager noticed him at a modeling convention in Dallas and convinced him to maneuver to Los Angeles. Parker appeared in Beyond The Lights, The key Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and many other films and projects.
2016 is a successful year for Parker, with his upcoming slave revolt drama “The Birth of a Nation” having recently been purchased for any?record amount of $17.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival, writes Zak Cheney-Rice of Mic.