Birth of A Nation, a film centered around Nat Turner’s rebellion has been sold for 17.5 million to Fox Searchlight at Sundance.
It is the most expensive film ever sold at Sundance, and the film reportedly received a standing ovation throughout the credits.
Birth of A Nation is directed by actor and first-time director Nate Parker. Parker took 2 years off from acting to secure financing and produce the movie.
The film couldn’t arrive at a better time, since Hollywood is almost begging for a black director to rise up with a powerful film in order to squash the #OscarsSoWhite trend.
Parker plays Nat Turner, a slave, who led the most successful slave rebellion in history. Parker also penned the script for the film.
As much as I love movies that are powerful and about important things, I want movies that are about issues affecting black people now to strike a chord.
It maybe to early to predict, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Parker got a nod for best film, best director, and best actor and next years Oscars.
The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union.
Watch an interview with Nate Parker below: