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Dillard Film History

Film Students at Work


Dillard University is a private, historically black liberal arts college founded in New Orleans, Louisana in 1930. In recent years, tax incentives offered by the state of Louisiana have made New Orleans a magnet for film production projects. Dillard has taken advantage of the booming business to create training opportunities for its film students. The university has designated film as a signature program in its College of Arts and Sciences.


In addition to coursework, undergraduate majors work with professional filmmakers as crew members on location. In the past two years alone, Dillard students have participated in the making of five big budget features originating in Hollywood and New York, including The Butler, starring Forrest Whitaker, Mr. Right, starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, Elvis and Nixon, with Kevin Spacey and Michael ShannonSpike Lee's Old Boy, and a remake of The Magnificent Seven, with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. The Dillard University film program is helping to further enrich culture and the arts in one of the nation's most distinctive cities, and to provide students with exciting opportunities to learn from the best.  



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