"Hidden Figures." "The Quad." "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
These three big-budget Hollywood productions all have one thing in common: They were filmed in the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically black colleges and universities in the Georgia city. But the AUC's Hollywood connection goes deeper. In fact, in the last 30 years, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine have all been used in countless films and television shows.
“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.”