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Matthew McConaughey to teach film class at UT

Matthew McConaughey in a scene from "The Free State of Jones."
Matthew McConaughey in a scene from "The Free State of Jones." AP

Call him Professor McConaughey.

Oscar-winning UT alumnus Matthew McConaughey won’t just be down on the field at Longhorn football games this fall. He’ll be in the classroom, virtually and otherwise, teaching an upper-level filmmaking class, UT announced Thursday in a video on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

He’ll take students behind the scenes of his latest movie, Free State of Jones, through recorded videos and at least one on-campus visit, MySa.com reported Thursday, quoting Lauren Phillips of the Moody College of Communications.

He’ll be co-teaching with Free State director Gary Ross, also director of The Hunger Games, and lecturer Scott Rice, according to The Wrap and moviefone.com websites.

The university’s announcement said 30 students at the Moody School will go behind the scenes of Free State of Jones to get hands-on experience and learn the tricks of the trade.

The class — “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen” — was actually offered last spring to 30 students, but they were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements and not allowed to take video or photos because Free State of Jones hadn’t hit theaters, The Wrap and moviefone.com said. The movie came out last week.

McConaughey, born in Uvalde, is a 1993 graduate of UT and can often be spotted on the sidelines at UT football games and has popped up at Scholz’s beer garten afterward.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

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