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Nate Parker Launches New Film School at Historically Black Wiley College (Home of The Great Debaters)

Nate Parker Launches New Film School at Historically Black Wiley College (Home of The Great Debaters)

“The Great Debaters”

The historically black Wiley College was the setting for a film in which he co-stared – “The Great Debaters.” And now Nate Parker has decided to launch a film school at the East Texas university, which will carry his name: The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama.

The announcement was made by the school, and Parker confirmed it on Twitter over the weekend. 

“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,” the actor/writer/director of “The Birth of a Nation” said.

Following “The Great Debaters” Parker apparently stayed in touch with Wiley College, even using their a-capella choir for the soundtrack to “The Birth of a Nation.” His goal for the new film school is that it empowers young people in East Texas to tell their own stories.

“You control the moving picture, you control the masses,” Parker said. “So really getting them rallied around the idea of re-claiming the narrative of America, specifically through the eyes of people of color.”

The school will officially welcome its first class in the fall. Leading up to that, there will be a 9-day summer institute program which will act as a pilot for the school. About 30 high school and college students will be selected, including 10 current seniors at Wiley College.

“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,” Parker added.

Applications for that summer institute will be available in the coming week, and once it happens, I’ll share here.

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CC write a script.

Jimmye Ruth Collons

Thank you! WILEY is very deserving and the students are blessed. 1962 Graduate


Really IG-88, Oprah should take notes… from who? Is you cave located outside the United States or on another planet? Oprah has given voice and assistance to more intelligent and artistic people of color than any person on this earth. Please, don’t get me starter. But I have to mention her unmatched effort to highlight the ever- present struggles of the black female. Not to mention her nearly 1/2 billion dollars she’s given to the needy? Listen, I’m serious, I get it, some people are just ignorant (does not possess enough of the correct info to be well informed) and I understand that, however, so many times and so many ways, I’ve said Oprah Winfrey is arguably the greatest black woman that has ever walked this earth. And Nate Parker "launches" a new film school. Yep, Nate should be Oprah’s mentor, right. Come on man, it’s cool to joke around but why is it when one of our own reaches a place of success, so many POC throw shade their way? Well, I guess some folks are just so busy smelling their own upper lip, the smell of roses eludes them. Btw, good start Nate.

Gregory A King Sr

This took place in Courtland Va. They should compensate his family members from the money they make off of the movie

BedStuyPopUp! Cinema

�� Wow, wow…& wow s’more! Man, this announcement is such awesome news to hear about. Congrats to all, in making these plans actualize for everyone concerned! Nate Parker is the man for sure… I’ve always thought that these kinds of genuine & authentic efforts to advance our opportunities & resources for aspiring, young-people who desire to persue careers in cinema-arts would’ve been put forward by "others" who have managed to helm other leadership positions in the profession & elsewhere… But, I stand corrected.

Irvin myeza

We happy about this opportunity n I wish to be screen writer. God bless you.

Sylvia Thomas

This just adds to the generous donation Denzale has made to bring the debate team back to championship status. Go Wiley


Oprah take notes!

Joy Shannon

Right on! Right on! Right On!

Brahmashakti Fudail

That is why I love you and your amazing acting skills and talent. Now u r giving back to our youth. You are amazing. Keep doing your good deeds. God can only give u more abundance so you may keep serving the needs of the people…Blessings…

Jaye Daniels

Well Done Mr. Parker, Stand up for our future film makers!

Richard E Stewart

Thank you, Mr Parker. Thank God

elizabeth berry



Great news for East Texas!

kai azor

You would have thought Denzel would have done this while making "Debaters".

gayle turner


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