Michael B. Jordan continues to create change when it comes to access as well as diversity and inclusion in the industry. MGM’s Creed III has teamed with Georgia Film Academy (GFA) to hire eight student interns to work on the forthcoming sequel to the boxing drama franchise, Variety reports.
Established in 2015, GFA creates pathways for the next generation of film industry professionals by gaining experience working on some of Hollywood’s hottest film and television projects. The partnership with Outlier aligns with their goals for creating an inclusive industry.
“On behalf of Michael and the filmmaking team for Creed III, we are thrilled to welcome Georgia Film Academy students into our Creed family,” said Elizabeth Raposo, president of Jordan’s Outlier Society. “We are inspired by the mission of the GFA and believe that mentorship of the next generation of filmmakers is essential to the longevity of our business. Outlier Society believes in an inclusive, equitable and fun filmmaking environment and we are honored to have the next generation of young filmmakers join us on this journey.”
“The Georgia Film Academy is excited to partner with MGM and place our students into professional internships on Creed III,” stated Jeffrey Stepakoff, GFA executive director. “This is the kind of public-private partnership which puts Georgians to work and makes our state ready to support all the production activity of today and tomorrow. On behalf of our students, we appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Creed family.”
The eight GFA interns selected are working positions in the production office, the AD department, video assistant, VFX, grip/rigging, electric/lighting and SPFX.
Creed III, which marks Jordan’s feature directorial debut, is written by Zach Baylin and Keenan Coogler. Jordan reprises the role of the titular boxer and stars alongside Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Mila Kent, Phylicia Rashad, Florian Munteanu, and franchise newcomer Jonathan Majors.
Part of the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, the GFA is a statewide effort providing opportunity for students to intern in a wide array of disciplines on the film, as well as in-classroom course work and academic credit toward their degree programs. Over 1,000 students have completed their production certifications and training on films such as Jungle Cruise Ant-Man, Thor, Avengers: Infinity War, MacGyver, Black Lightning, Stranger Things, the forthcoming Black Panther sequel, and more.
Creed III is set to debut November 23 — or twenty-III, if you will. See what I did there?