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Overview (1)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Joey Parr attended the same high school as greats Bill Paxton, and John Denver. Unfortunately, Lee Harvey Oswald also attended Arlington Heights High School.

While at Heights, Joey Parr served as student body president, president of the Rotary-sponsored service club InterAct, editor of the "Jacket Journal" newspaper, and starting goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team. Heights is also where he first began making movies out of what some would call laziness.

Rather than write English papers on the assigned readings, Parr pursued an opt-out loophole and decided to turn in film adaptations instead of just taking an hour to write a few paragraphs. It worked out for the best as he earned an 'A' on all the assignments and decided this might be a profitable way through life.

At TCU, he majored in Radio/Television/Film where he wrote and directed a series of cologne commercials based on Greek tragic characters and his first short "The Internship" about a couple of young film interns who unknowingly dispose of the body of their boss's wife. The idea was inspired by a real-life experience working for a horrible local producer who will not be named.

Serving as the president of TCU Student Filmmaker's Association, he followed up with "Whiskey Sour" and "Steve McQueen," both of which earned Accolade Awards of Excellence and opened the doors for freelance work all around the DFW area to make ends meet.

Upon graduation, he left for Louisiana to serve a two-year term as a Teach For America corps member in one of the highest need elementary schools in South Louisiana. Closing the achievement gap in America's school system will continue to be a goal at the forefront of his efforts.

After serving our country as a 4th grade math teacher, Parr returned to Texas in the late Summer of 2011 to shoot the 35mm western "Black & White." This ambitious project is the latest from a man whose passion for great story-telling is rivaled only by his passion for public service.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Taylor Wright

Trivia (4)

Served as a 2009 Teach for America Corps Member in South Louisiana. Taught 4th grade math and writing in Baker, Louisiana at Park Ridge Elementary.
Graduate from TCU in 2009 with a double major in Radio/Television/Film and Political Science.
Pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin with the hopes of leading a dual-life in public service and film making.
Served as chapter secretary of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and executive director of the TCU Academic Orientation program.

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