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Summer road trip? Quarantines are crimping some US travelers New ‘MNF’ crew reportedly set Nyle DiMarco, Concordia Studio Partner for Real Life Drama Deaf President Now! © William Callan

Concordia Studio is backing a real life drama set at Gallaudet University, the nation’s premier institution of higher education for Deaf and hard of hearing students, with help from Nyle DiMarco.


The deaf actor and activist will work with Concordia to develop a narrative feature based on the nonfiction book Deaf President Now! The 1988 Revolution At Gallaudet University by John B. Christiansen and Sharon N. Barnartt. 

The project is set during the week of protests at Gallaudet in 1988 after the University's Board of Trustees selected a hearing candidate for President of the school over several equally qualified Deaf candidates. After 8 days of rallies, boycotts and protests — known as "The Week of DPN" — the selected hearing president resigned and Dr. I. King Jordan was named the University’s first deaf president.

DiMarco, a Gallaudet alum, will produce alongside Concordia co-founder, Jonathan King. Concordia's Patrick Callan will oversee development for the studio.

"When Nyle told me about the Deaf President Now movement and its impact on the course of civil rights for everyone, not just Deaf people, I knew we had to tell this story," said King. "It’s both empowering and viscerally cinematic to witness these protests led by Deaf students taking place in the nation’s capital in the middle of an election year."

Added DiMarco: "Learning about the Deaf President Now movement as a young Deaf boy, I was in awe of how Deaf people like me were able to make such a powerful impact on the world. It was, and still is, such a monumental event in the history of Deaf people and the disability community, helping pave the way towards the Americans with Disabilities Act and more."

He continued, "I’m beyond thrilled to bring this story to the big screen and I’m honored to do it with a world class team that believes in telling stories in an authentic way — in this case, a Deaf story told by Deaf people." 

"The Deaf President Now movement is a moment in civil rights history with an impact felt far beyond our campus," said Roberta J. Cordano, president of Gallaudet University, which has granted use of the University’s name and is consulting on the project. "We are very pleased to be working with Concordia Studio and Nyle to share this story that has taken on an almost-mythic quality for many people."

DiMarco, repped by APA, is set to exec produce Deaf U, a Netflix coming-of-age documentary series following a tight-knit group of Deaf students at Gallaudet.

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Liberty University names acting president after Falwell placed on indefinite leave

Liberty University in Virginia announced Monday that its board had chosen Jerry Prevo to serve as the acting president of the University after President Jerry Falwell Jr. was placed on indefinite leave after a controversial photo.

Prevo, a former pastor at a Baptist church in Alaska, has served as chairman of the school's board of trustees since 2003, Liberty said in a news release.

“I want to thank my fellow board members for having confidence that I could be entrusted with the responsibility of serving as the Acting President during this time of Jerry Falwell, Jr’s indefinite leave of absence,” said Dr. Prevo. "Please pray for us as well as the Falwell family as we embark on our academic year and so we may continue to be united in our common purpose and our faith in Christ."


Former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va on Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Falwell recently drew the ire of conservatives, including Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who called for his resignation after images surfaced of him on a yacht with his arm around a woman and their pants unzipped.

“Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling,” Walker tweeted. “As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor @LibertyU, I’m convinced Falwell should step down.”

“None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni and @LUPraise deserve better,” he continued.

The university announced in a brief statement Friday that Falwell was taking a leave of absence. The former Liberty University president had apologized for the photo while adding that the picture was “just in good fun.”

“I’ve apologized to everybody,” Falwell said in an interview last week with Lynchburg radio station WLNI.

He said that the woman in the photo was his “wife’s assistant” who was on the trip with them.


“She’s pregnant, so she couldn’t get her pants up,” he said in the interview. “And I had on pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either. And so I just put my belly out like hers.”

“She’s my wife’s assistant and she’s a sweetheart, and I should never have put it up and embarrassed her,” he continued.

Falwell led Liberty University since 2007, when he took over the position from his father, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., who founded the school. He is a key figure in the evangelical Christian community and helped garner support for President Trump during his campaign.


Prevo will assume the role immediately and expects to work from the Lynchburg campus starting next Monday.

Fox News' Caitlin McFall contributed to this report

David Aaro is a Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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