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Diversity Trailblazer Sidney Poitier Lends Name to Arizona State University Film School


ASU has incorporated the Sydney Poetier New American Film School as an “egalitarian” institution, aiming to include and not include students of color and first-generation families.

Veteran actor Sydney Poitier has registered his name and reputation at Arizona State University’s Sydney Poitier New American Film School, amid plans to set up campuses in Arizona and California and three cities in California.

Having been an Oscar-winning Poitier – who became the first black winner of the Best Actor Oscar for the 1964 Arizona-shot Lily of the Field – lending his name to his film school, ASU is looking to demonstrate that the institution is involved in it, and Not excluded, students of color and first-generation migrants.


“ASU President Michael Crow told THR,” The selectors are ending social disruption in a negative way, as the institution has decided to develop and diversify by not becoming more selective. By way of New York City and the Bahamas, Hollywood as an immigrant and come to film stardom.

“[A Poitier] was born in Miami, but actually grew up in the Bahamas. He then comes to this country, he finds his way, he finds his art, and this work and effort and creativity The medium happens, and that’s what we’re doing, “the crow says.

Michael Burns, an ASU alumnus, and Lionsgate vice chairman recalls when the university first purchased the historic Herald Examiner building in Los Angeles as part of a planned film school expansion and was being told by Crowe that he was new The facility is yet to be named. “I said, ‘What about Sydney Poitier?’


That was the first name that popped into my head, ”said Burns, who met the screen legend and his wife years ago during a dinner with Sherry Lansing and her husband William Freedkin.

“A poitier] is one of the most elegant men I’ve ever met in my life, and wickedly smart,” Burns says. After reaching the Poitier family after the Lionsgate incident, he agreed to lend his name to the institution as a symbol of ASU’s mission of diversity and innovation at the Sydney Poitier New American Film School.

In 2022, ASU’s film school will relocate to a new facility in downtown Mesa, Arizona, while also operating out of the new Los Angeles facility. Students at Sydney Poitier New American Film School will also gain hands-on experience with Hollywood technology through partnerships with virtual reality company John Hughes Institute and Dreamscape immersive.


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