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Some Colleges in Atlanta are Hollywoods Filming Secrete

According to Los Angles Times:

“On a red clay hill in the heart of Atlanta, hundreds of black men saunter up and down Morehouse College’s Brown Street on their way to classes. It’s a late March afternoon and the magnolia trees, fuchsia and white pansies bloom into a sweet, tea-tinged breeze. A bronze statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. overlooks his alma mater — the nation’s only all-male, historically black institution of higher learning. At the center of the campus, banners hang from streetlights that proclaim the school’s commitment to justice and equality: “No racism. No homophobia. No sexism. No misogyny.” Beneath them, students discuss biology class and make plans for the weekend.

To the unfamiliar eye, Morehouse seems like many other colleges. But it’s not.

Most schools are not used as filming locations for big-budget Hollywood productions. Morehouse, however, has been the setting for two in just a single year, the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” and BET’s “The Quad.”

Together, they are one of the industry’s best kept secrets in the city known as the Hollywood of the South.

“They’re all well-maintained, beautiful campuses with a lot of great nooks and crannies ripe for filming,” said Wes Hagan, location manager for “Hidden Figures,” for which he, along with Dan Gorman, won the Location Managers Guild award for best location in a period film. “[The AUC] is a special location for the right project.”

More recently, HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which stars Oprah Winfrey, filmed at Morehouse School of Medicine.

“A location could lend itself as another character that doesn’t speak,” said Rehya Young, a location manager who worked on “Henrietta Lacks” and “The Quad.” “Like the city of Baltimore was in ‘The Wire,’ it’s the backdrop, but it’s really a character.”

Most of the AUC has a history with Hollywood. Spelman, with alumnae including “The Cosby Show’s” Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tyler Perry staple Cassi Davis and “Baby Boy’s” A.J. Johnson, was the site of the HBCU-set sitcom “A Different World.” Clark Atlanta, the alma mater of Tony-winning director Kenny Leon and “Black-ish’s” Kenya Barris, was the filming location for Spike Lee’s 1988 flick “School Daze.” (Lee took classes at Clark Atlanta while attending Morehouse, from which he graduated in 1979.) Morris Brown and its band were featured in 2002’s “Drumline.”

And the list goes on — 2006’s “We Are Marshall,” 2007’s “Stomp the Yard,” BET’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” and USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” among others. In addition to “Hidden Figures,” Morehouse and Clark Atlanta recently served as sets for “MacGyver” and Broad Green’s yet to be released “Step Sisters.”

Most of the films and TV shows shot in the AUC have centered on college tales and HBCU experiences, but the buildings also attract period pieces.

 

 

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