Congratulations are in order to Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights, The Great Debaters, Red Tails) who wrote, directed, produced and starred in The Birth of a Nation, which recently made history by landing a $17.5 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival, selling domestic and international distribution rights to Fox Searchlight.
Parker used his own money to finance the film, which is now being praised as earning the “richest deal” in the festival’s history, gaining bids from Netflix and Sony, in addition to Fox. The movie tells the story of Nat Turner, a Virginian-born slave who led one of the biggest slave rebellions of all time in the 1800’s.
When asked what motivated him to create the film, Parker responded
“…to provoke a serious debate about the necessity and limitations of empathy, the morality of retaliatory violence and the ongoing black struggle for justice and equality in this country. It earns that debate and then some.”
Congrats to Nate on making history and shedding light on an amazing man that is part of ours.