“The Birth Of A Nation” Wins Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize + Audience Award
Nate Parker continued to wow and amaze moviegoers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. On Saturday night, the 36-year-old actor-turned-filmmaker film The Birth of a Nation took both the U.S. drama grand jury prize and the Audience Award.
Parker had this to say following the film’s premiere last Monday.
“I’ve poured everything that I am into making it, I made this film for one reason, with hope of creating change agents, that people could watch this film and be affected.”
In Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation, he co-opts D.W. Griffith’s 1915 “groundbreaking” film to tell the story of Nat Turner. Parker also stars as Turner, a willful and headstrong literate slave, who leads a rebellion of both free and enslaved blacks in Southhampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831.
Parker also made Black History in real-time by breaking the acquisition record when Fox Searchlight paid a cool $17.5 million for the rights to distribute his historical slave rebellion drama.