The Earl Jones Institute Mission Statement


The mission of the Earl Jones Institute For Film and Television (EJI) is to create and support cultural diversity in the fields of film, television, Internet, and digital media.



About the Earl Jones Institute…

The Earl Jones Institute For Film and Television was founded in 1983 by pioneering Stage, Film and Television actor Earl Jones, a/k/a Robert Earl Jones.

Best known for the role of Luther Coleman in “The Sting” with Robert Redford and Paul Newman, Robert Earl Jones is the father of legendary actor James Earl Jones.

Located in New York City, and originally known as the Harlem Folklore Theatre, the Institute’s original focus was to assist actors, directors, producers and playwrights showcase their talents.

While open to all, the Institute gave special consideration to women, minorities and other historically underutilized individuals in Arts & Entertainment.

In 2004, the leadership of the Institute was passed to veteran television commercial producer Matthew Earl Jones. Matthew Earl Jones is the son of Robert Earl Jones, and the half-brother of James Earl Jones.

In 2004 the name was changed and the focus expanded to film, television and Digital Media.

In 2006 at the request of Universal Studios, the Institute trained unemployed construction workers, and placed them as members of the film’s set construction crew on “The Kingdom”.

In 2007 with the generous support of 20th Century Fox, the Institute assisted Media Arts students from Washington Prep in South Central Los Angeles, complete their films and participate in the Black American Film Festival in Beverly Hills.

Since then, The Earl Jones Institute for Film and Television has trained hundreds of men and women for careers in film, television and Digital Media.