“The Birth of a Nation” filmmaker Nate Parker is launching a film school at Wiley College in Texas, with plans for classes to open in the fall.
Parker told reporters over the weekend that the school in East Texas will offer a comprehensive approach to being a filmmaker.
“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,” Parker said in an interview with The Root.
“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,” Parker continued.
Parker’s starred in the 2007 film “The Great Debaters,” which was set at the college in 1930. He used the college’s a capella choir for the soundtrack of his Sundance hit “The Birth of a Nation.”
The school will launch a pilot program for about 30 high school and college students.
Parker and Wiley College announced the new program over the weekend.
“Thrilled to announce the birth of the Nate Parker School of Film and Drama at Wiley College launching Fall 2016. Cultivating new voices,” he wrote.
— Nate Parker (@NateParker) March 20, 2016
— Wiley College (@WileyCollege) March 20, 2016