Nate Parker Launches Fellowship For Filmmakers Of Color
The last time Nate Parker’s name was in the news, Black Twitter was expressing their shock and disappointment at the fact that his wife wasn’t Black.
You know the streets love to debate whether or not you can truly be woke and married to a non-Black woman. That’s not the point of this here article. Instead, it’s about the fact that Parker is doing something new, specifically for the community.
Last night, at Sundance’s Night Before Next event, Parker was honored for his film Birth of a Nation, which will be released this fall. He was there to accept the Vanguard Award for his work.
As he accepted the award, he announced that he was launching a fellowship for filmmakers of color.
The Birth of a Nation fellowship will sponsor a young filmmaker of color 18-25 every year, for the next five years, as they participate in the Sundance Ignite program. The Ignite program is a year-long fellowship with the Sundance Institute that allows aspiring filmmakers to attend the festival and attend events with other established filmmakers and other industry members.
Parker was able to create Birth of Nation through the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. He utilized grants and mentors from development to post production.
Accepting his award, Parker said, “I often compare it to being on an island… You’re by yourself and all you have is your script, your dream, your voice. And you’re surrounded by an ocean of fear, an ocean of doubt, an ocean of despair, an ocean of reasons why that voice does not need to exist in the world… Sometimes you need someone that knows something, you need someone that supports something great, that recognizes something great. You need someone to tell you, ‘Yes, you can do it.”
You can watch the video of Parker announcing the fellowship below.