Man Builds Film Studios To Focus On All-Black Towns In Oklahoma

Thursday, January 6th 2022, 6:32 pm

TAFT, Oklahoma -

The attraction to the film industry here in Oklahoma is big, but for Mylrell Miner there is a much deeper attraction.  

“When I was young, I found myself getting in a lot of trouble,” said Mylrell Miner.  

Growing up in California, that trouble led to Miner’s incarceration and ultimately the search for his passion.

“I knew I was going thru a hard time in my life, but I knew what was inside of me. I didn’t feel like tv, and film represented that, so I started to create stories that represented change,” said Miner.  

He would get his break into the film industry working with some of the biggest names in the industry.  

“We recently just did American Skin, I’ve worked on videos with Lizzo, Kevin Gates, with Korn, P Diddy.”  

However, Miner knew there was something greater he needed to accomplish.  

“The main thing that drew me to Oklahoma was the untold stories about our community. When I came out to the Tulsa and Oklahoma, I learned so much about my history and who I was,” said Miner.  

That history was in the All-black towns of Oklahoma. Something unheard of in other parts of the country.  

“It didn’t feel right by just taking these stories from Oklahoma and taking them back to L.A. or Atlanta,” said Miner.  

Miner now has studios in the works in Tulsa and Taft. His plan is to produce films and also provide training.

“Where we teach people entry level jobs into the film industry. How to be set ready, how to read a call sheet,” said Miner.  

The classes will be free to anyone that has an interest in the film industry.  

“There’s a lot of people that know about the film industry and know how it’s going in Oklahoma, but not a lot of minority communities that know that they can be a part of it,” said Miner.  

Miner plans to have both sites complete and start training classes in early spring.  

For information or to contact Miner visit his website