Actor/Director Nate Parker is continuing to make great strides for Black film in Hollywood.
The “Birth of a Nation” actor/director recently announced that he would be creating a new film and drama school at Texas HBCU Wiley College.
The Birth of a Nation helmer Nate Parker has announced the launch of a new film and drama school in his name at Wiley College. The historically black college in East Texas once served as the backdrop of the Denzel Washington-directed 2007 film The Great Debaters, which starred Parker.
“The hope is that we cover all aspects of filmmaking, from sound, lighting and cinematography, to just studying film specifically with the cultural component and the history of film,” said Parker to KLTV. “You control the moving picture, you control the masses … so really getting them rallied around the idea of reclaiming the narrative of America, specifically through the eyes of people of color.”
The new endeavor comes after Parker starred in, wrote and directed Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation, which features an a capella group from Wiley College on the film’s soundtrack.
“If I can create a pipeline toward filmmaking physically through developing the college, having filmmakers be nurtured and cultivated here, and then having somewhere for them to go with respect for them actually being able to engage in filmmaking here in East Texas, then it kind of serves multiple purposes,” said Parker.