EXCLUSIVE: Jingle Jangle and Nearly Christmas director/author/producer David E. Talbert is launching HBCU Subsequent, a fellowship program that may convey aspiring filmmakers from Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities to the USC College of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Summer time Program.

Talbert conceived and funded HBCU Subsequent alongside his spouse and producing companion Lyn Sisson-Talbert as a possibility to counterpoint the academic expertise for college kids of Colour. Inside this program, contributors will acquire important profession insights and the inventive abilities required to develop extra genuine portrayals of Black experiences and tradition inside screenwriting, filmmaking, and the evolving media panorama.

Talbert says, “Our overall objective is to foster an environment for students from HBCUs and USC to engage in cultural exchange, learning from one another’s experiences and backgrounds, and to provide access to an education conducive to giving Black storytellers a pipeline to the entertainment industry.”

“The industry gets to benefit from the uniqueness and authenticity of stories that that they might not be privy to,” provides the filmmaker.

He provides, “Having graduated from an HBCU, and working in the business for over 30 years, I understand it’s never the artistry or intellect, but the access, that keeps people of Color from finding their way in. HBCU Next was created to bridge that gap. Our Next is now.”

As a part of this system, Talbert be can be mentoring college students in directing and screenwriting. College students could have entry to programs in superior screenwriting, superior directing, animation, producing modifying and gaming.

Talbert can also be planning on a roster of HBCU graduates to talk at HBCU Subsequent together with however not restricted to Forest Whitaker, Tim Story, Ruth Carter, J.B. Smoove and Anika Noni Rose.

Added Elizabeth Daley, Dean of USC College of Cinematic Arts (SCA), “As we embark on this transformative journey, guided by the expertise of our esteemed SCA faculty and Mr. Talbert, we are committed to fostering and amplifying the diverse voices and rich cultural narratives these talented HBCU students will bring to USC, and eventually to the industry. Without a doubt, they are the next generation of trailblazers.”

This system’s first two contributors, Directing/Producing Fellow Sha-Shonna Rogers and Screenwriting Fellow Imani Mullings, are present college students at Morgan State College, Talbert’s alma mater.  Each fellows acquired round-trip airfare, full tuition, and housing, to attend the 2023 Summer time Program on the USC College of Cinematic Arts campus in Los Angeles.

Because the Directing/Producing Fellow, Rogers enrolled in Filmmaking Intensive which introduces college students to the essential technical and aesthetic ideas underlying movement image manufacturing. On this course, college students collaborate with their fellow filmmakers in varied core roles (director, producer, and cinematographer) on three digital brief movies.

Mullings took Superior Screenwriting: Writing the First Draft Function Screenplay, a category the place college students work with their instructors and friends in a “writers’ room” setting to finish the primary draft of a three-act, full-length characteristic screenplay in below six weeks.

“HBCU Next was a once in a lifetime opportunity that gave us HBCU students a chance to shine,” says Mullings. “It enabled me to hone my skills as a writer, express myself through my storytelling, and made me feel even more excited for my future as a Black storyteller!”

Mentioned David Weitzner, Director of the SCA Summer time Program: “Programs like this can help us find the future leaders that will impact our industry. Sha-Shonna and Imani are model examples of the remarkably talented storytellers that are waiting to be discovered at HBCUs. The work they created this summer was simply extraordinary. We are so grateful to David and Lyn for their vision and generosity in establishing the HBCU Next program. We hope other industry partners will join us in awarding HBCU Next fellowships in the years to come.”

Talbert’s characteristic filmmaking credit additionally embody First Sunday starring Ice Dice, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan, and Baggage Declare starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott and Djimon Hounsou.