Record Sundance Deal for The Birth Of A Nation
Congratulations are certainly in order for the cast and crew of Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, a slave rebellion drama that centers on the story of Nat Turner.
Making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Monday afternoon, as the credits rolled, the film received “what was arguably the longest standing Os in recent festival history,” said The Hollywood Reporter.
After a successful run at the festival, the bidding war was on and Fox Searchlight came out on top, landing the drama in a $17.5 million deal! The deal is noted to be the largest purchase in Sundance history.
Starring Parker, Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller and Armie Hammer, the film travels through the 1800s, a time that resulted in the deaths of dozens of white slave owners under the rebellious leadership of Nat Turner.
“I made the film for one reason, with the hope of creating change agents,” Parker told the Sundance audience. “That you can watch this film and see that there were systems in place that were corrupt and corrupted people and the legacy of that still lives with us.”
Parker, who made his directorial debut with this strong and passion-fueled film, posed a question, not only to audience members but to society.
“I just want you, if you are affected and you are so moved to ask yourself, ‘Are there systems in my life that need attention whether it be racial, gender?'”
Watch the Q&A session following the film screening below!
Congratulations, Nate and crew!