Nate Parker, whose film on Nat Turner entitled The Birth of a Nation is creating a school of film and drama at Wiley College.
“Thrilled to announce the Birth of the@NateParker School of Film and Drama at @WileyCollege launching Fall 2016. Cultivating #NewVoices,” Parker tweeted on March 19, shortly after Wiley College made the news public.
Parker will also serve on Wiley College’s board of trustees. The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama will begin classes in the fall of 2016.
Thirty high school and college students will participate in summer program as part of the new school at Wiley. Parker took the film world by storm after his movie Birth of a Nation debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
“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 told The Hollywood Reporter regarding the school.