Sundance Smash ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Lands Awards Season Release

The Birth of a Nation
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

The Birth of a Nation,” the Nate Parker film that was a buzz-magnet sensation at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, has been positioned for an awards-season release this fall from Fox Searchlight.

Written, directed by and starring Parker, “Birth of Nation” attracted Oscar hype in the immediate wake of its Jan. 25 Sundance premiere, which earned a standing ovation. The film chronicles the true story of Nat Turner, the slave who led an uprising in Virginia in 1831, with a cast led by Parker (as Nat Turner) and Armie Hammer.

At Sundance, Fox Searchlight acquired the ultrahot title for $17.5 million, the richest deal in the festival’s history. That hefty sum signaled the distributor’s awards-season intentions for the film, and now its nationwide release date, set for Oct. 7, positions the film to become an early player in the annual autumn run-up to Hollywood’s awards derby.

Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert and Preston L. Holmes produce “Birth of a Nation.” Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith and Gabrielle Union fill out the cast.




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  1. Curtis says:

    Nat Turner was manipulated by abolitionists. Notice after slavery things got worse for blks and where were these abolitionists? The real “slavery” was after the civil war when blks were “free”. The economic system in the south was superior to that in the north. So much so that they couldn’t compete so they decided to take it over. U thought those northerners had bleeding hearts? There was rampant discrimination against blks in the north. Why does nobody check up on that? Segregation in the north way way before the south. Children working in factories and being abused etc and u think these northerners r beyond lying about the history of the south? They won so they can write history the way they see fit but if u understand their practices before the civil war and not question their motives…yur just a tool,in a cult of naiveté.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      LOL Curtis you’re so full of **** why don’t you pick up a good US history book and READ.

      The Southern economy was devastated after the war and one of the reasons they lost was was that their economy was WEAKER. KING COTTON remember???

      Now, go do your blanking homework.

  2. Bill B. says:

    The 2016 Academy Award winning best picture. Bet the house on it.

  3. Michelle says:

    Awesome news. Can’t wait to see it!

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