Summer Film Institute Now Accepting Applications


Students interested in filmmaking should apply for the inaugural Nate Parker Summer Film Institute scheduled for July 8 to 17 at Wiley College, Marshall, Texas.

Nate Parker made the announcement while presenting at the Founders Gala celebration on March 19. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Parker's relationship with Wiley College dates back to 2007 when he was in East Texas, on Wiley's campus, taping scenes for the movie The Great Debaters  in which Parker played the supporting role of real life student-debater Henry Heights. 

Parker has maintained a connection to Wiley over the years. He has spoken at commencement, served as a judge for a college debate, recorded a "Why Wiley" promotional video, as well as given guidance, support, grants, and words of encouragement to Wiley's students.

Rising high school seniors and university-level students may now begin applying to the Summer Film Institute. To apply or for more information, visit

Wiley College is a private institution of  higher learning affiliated with The United Methodist Church and the United Negro College Fund.  Founded by the Freedman's Aid Society in 1873 to train teachers for careers in African-American elementary and secondary schools, Wiley now has a focused curriculum that includes 15 distinct degree programs.

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