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60th BFI London Film Festival Review – The Birth of a Nation (2016)

16 October 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Birth of a Nation, 2016.

Directed by Nate Parker.

Starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley.

Synopsis:

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Is it important to separate the artist from their art? This is the necessary, nay fundamental, question when approaching The Birth of a Nation, the impressively mounted feature debut from Nate Parker whose illustrious pedigree has been overshadowed in recent months following the rape allegations centered on the filmmaker and screenwriter Jean Celestin (Parker was ultimately acquitted; Celestin was convicted, only »

- Sean Wilson

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“The Birth of a Nation” looks to survive controversy and contend for awards

7 October 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Without fail, every single year there are Oscar hopefuls that fall victim to controversy. Some are well founded, some are pure smoke, and some are caught in between. This week, the year’s most controversy laden film hits theaters. In fact, it’s out today. The controversy isn’t due to the film’s content, but the past actions of its filmmaker. I won’t get into what Nate Parker and his co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin were accused of and the subsequent issues, but it’s clear that to some degree, it has affected the release. Back at the Sundance Film Festival, it was hailed as a potential Best Picture frontrunner. Now, it’s possibly an Oscar also-ran. What happened? Well, at least in my opinion, hype died down and it’s being seen for the flawed work that it truly is. Controversy aside, it’s just a mixed bag of a movie. »

- Joey Magidson

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Movie Review – The Birth of a Nation (2016)

7 October 2016 2:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Birth of a Nation, 2016.

Written and Directed by Nate Parker.

Starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Gabrielle Union, and Tony Espinosa.

Synopsis:

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Addressing the elephant in the room right off the bat, yes Nate Parker (producer, writer and director of The Birth of a Nation) did sexually take advantage of an inebriated college woman roughly over a decade ago who would go on to commit suicide in 2012. It is a horrible story (especially considering Nate Parker got off clean while only his friend that was also present received some punishment) and his actions should be condemned. I am not here to judge Nate Parker as a human being or state what should have been done, or even unfairly criticize his »

- Robert Kojder

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Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

6 October 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Birth of a Nation is so heart-wrenchingly moving. A biography of the emancipation movement that began with Nate Turner, slave and preacher, a character played brilliantly by writer/director Nate Parker. The story begins in the antebellum South in 1809. Nate as a very young man is thought to be a leader that will do great things, having some unique marks that was felt only a leader would have. Shortly into the story the despicable conditions a slave community would have to endure was deplorable. Nat’s father Isaac (Dwight Henry) set out one night to try and salvage some food for his family. He was caught by a group of runaway slave patrolmen without a pass. The very evil ring leader of the posse Raymond Cobb (Jackie Earle Haley) was horrifically confrontational, and the scene turned into a bloodbath, with Isaac narrowly escaping, returning to his family and quickly saying goodbye. »

- Betsy Johnson

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The Weekend Warrior 10/7/16: The Girl on a Train, Birth of a Nation, Middle School, Newtown

5 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:   

Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations.  Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.  

The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the »

- Edward Douglas

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The Birth of a Nation Movie Review

2 October 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Birth Of A Nation Fox Searchlight Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, CompuServe Film d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director:  Nate Parker Written by: Nate Parker, story by Nate Parker & Jean McGianni Celestin Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aia Naomi King, Esther Scott Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/27/16 Opens: October 7, 2016 If you’re wondering how a filmmaker has the nerve to do a sequel to D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation,” also known as “The Clansman,” you need not fear.  Nate Parker’s film is anything but an apologia for slavery.  This “Birth” finds Parker as a  [ Read More ]

The post The Birth of a Nation Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Win Passes To the Advance Screening Of The Birth Of A Nation In St. Louis

28 September 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Roger Guenveur Smith, Dwight Henry, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, The Birth Of A Nation opens in St. Louis on October 7th.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of The Birth Of A Nation on October 3 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

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While a number of revered films have explored the contours of slavery, from 12 Years A Slave to Glory, »

- Movie Geeks

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The Birth Of A Nation Trailer Teases Nate Parker’s Tour-De-Force

22 June 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sundance darling The Birth of a Nation has fast become one of the early dark horses going into this year’s awards circuit – and it’s little wonder why.

Set against the antebellum South, Nate Parker’s creative tour-de-force – Parker wrote, directed, produced and starred in the inspired race drama – revolves around the true story of one Nat Turner, the slave and preacher who famously staged one of the most important uprisings in American history in the Virginia of 1830.

Indeed, early buzz for The Birth of a Nation on the festival circuit ensured Parker’s passion project became the highest sale in Sundance history, and you can get a gist of the drama that awaits in October via the movie’s official synopsis. Taking point as Nat Turner, Parker leads the charge as a “literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat »

- Michael Briers

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Brand New Trailer Hits for Nate Paker's 'The Birth Of A Nation'

21 June 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a brand new trailer for writer, director, producer and star Nate Parker’s powerful slave drama The Birth Of A Nation. The film also stars Armie HammerMark Boone Jr.Colman DomingoAunjanue EllisDwight HenryAja Naomi KingEsther ScottRoger Guenveur SmithGabrielle UnionPenelope Ann Miller, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Set against the backdrop of the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Check out the new trailer and let us know what you think in the comments down below.

Fox Searchlight will release The Birth »

- Kellvin Chavez

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A Revolt Begins in Full-Length Trailer For Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’

21 June 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While Free State of Jones is getting a prime summer release date this week, another slave drama, Nate Parker‘s writing-directing debut The Birth of a Nation, will arrive in the heat of the fall awards season. Picked up by Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner tells the true story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. They’ve now released the emotional and fiery full-length trailer, along with a fantastic poster.

I said in my review, “Directed, written, produced by, and starring Nate Parker, the Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation is an unflinching and hopeful call to action where the helmer’s passion can be felt in every frame. By nodding to D. W. Griffith’s controversial, formally groundbreaking 1915 film, Parker is forging a new cinematic history for one of America’s most shameful eras. What’s lacking in aesthetic cohesion, »

- Leonard Pearce

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David Spade Joins Bruce Dern-Starring Indie Drama ‘Warning Shot’

26 May 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: David Spade has joined the cast of Warning Shot, with the comedic actor taking on a rare dramatic role in the indie being directed by first-time helmer Dustin Fairbanks. Breanne Mattson penned the script, which was a Nicholl quarterfinalist in 2011. Bruce Dern, James Earl Jones, Tammy Blanchard, Guillermo Diaz, Onata Aprile, Frank Whaley and Dwight Henry also star. Production began this week. The plot centers on a single mother and her young daughter struggling… »

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The Birth Of A Nation Poster Teases America’s Bloody History

18 May 2016 6:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If Sundance darling The Birth of a Nation wasn’t already considered an early Oscar contender beforehand, Fox Searchlight’s lucrative and indeed record-breaking deal for Nate Parker’s celebrated slave drama – to the tune of $17.5 million – has fired the period piece into contention going into awards season.

Targeting an opportune release in October, last month brought forth the film’s harrowing first trailer, placing Nate Parker at the forefront of a slave rebellion during the throes of the early 1800s. Drawing attention to that brutal history, Fox Searchlight has premiered am evocative new motion poster for The Birth of a Nation (you can catch the static one below), teasing the beginning of one of the most crucial uprisings in the country’s troubled history.

Standing as the key driving force behind Nation, Nate Parker takes up arms as Nat Turner, a “literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, »

- Michael Briers

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"The Birth of a Nation" Motion Poster

18 May 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

We're still waiting on the first trailer for Nate Parker's Sundance Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize winning feature "The Birth of a Nation," but before we get it the Fox Searchlight marketing team has unveiled a new motion poster for the film which proves surprisingly effective.

The movie, which opens October 7th, has Parker playing Nat Turner in the story of a slave rebellion in the antebellum South. Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earl Haley also star.

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- Garth Franklin

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Motion and Teaser Poster Hits for Nate Paker's 'The Birth Of A Nation'

17 May 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the teaser and motion poster for writer, director, producer and star Nate Parker’s powerful slave drama The Birth Of A Nation. The film also stars Armie HammerMark Boone Jr.Colman DomingoAunjanue EllisDwight HenryAja Naomi KingEsther ScottRoger Guenveur SmithGabrielle UnionPenelope Ann Miller, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Set against the backdrop of the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Check out the motion and teaser poster below and let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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- Kellvin Chavez

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Fox Searchlight Welcomes The Birth Of A Nation With Powerful First Trailer For Festival Hit

15 April 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since its barnstorming world premiere during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it’s been onwards and upwards for Nate Parker’s impassioned race drama The Birth of a Nation.

Upon landing a lucrative and record-breaking deal at Fox Searchlight – an eye-watering $17.5 million, no less – the period piece completed the proverbial one-two punch by nailing down an opportune October release window. And now, you can see what all the fuss is about with the film’s powerful first trailer.

Rooted in the throes of the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation will place Parker the role of Nat Turner, a brave, unflinching rebel who sparked a landmark uprising – one that would go down in the history books as one of the most important in the country’s troubled history.

Written and directed by Parker, the one-man creative army will spearhead said rebellion as “Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, »

- Michael Briers

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The Birth Of Nation Trailer Debuts – Directed By And Stars Nate Parker

15 April 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for director Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation.

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

In his Sundance Film Festival review, The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy says the film, “offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance to not at all be considered a missed opportunity. Far more of the essentials made it into the film than not; its makers’ dedication and minute attention are constantly felt, and the subject matter is still rare enough onscreen as to be welcome and needed, »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch: First Trailer For Nate Parker's Sundance Sensation 'The Birth Of A Nation'

15 April 2016 9:56 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you were even casually paying attention to the Sundance Film Festival this year, you likely heard the big noise surrounding Nate Parker's "The Birth Of A Nation." Greeted with a rapturous reception in Park City, Fox Searchlight scooped up the movie for staggering $17.5 million, and with an awards-season release date set, the push has begun to turn this one into a big hit. Read More: Sundance Review: 'The Birth Of A Nation' Starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, And More Written by Parker, who also stars, with Armie Hammer, 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 in support, the movie tells the story of a ferocious slave revolt. Here's the official synopsis:  Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Trailer For Nate Parker’s Sundance-Winning Drama ‘The Birth of a Nation’

15 April 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The biggest success story at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — or any festival in history, if we’re talking about the acquisition price — was certainly Nate Parker‘s writing-directing debut The Birth of a Nation. Picked up by Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner tells the true story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. We’ve still got half-a-year to go before it arrives in theaters, but today Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer.

I said in my review, “Directed, written, produced by, and starring Nate Parker, the Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation is an unflinching and hopeful call to action where the helmer’s passion can be felt in every frame. By nodding to D. W. Griffith’s controversial, formally groundbreaking 1915 film, Parker is forging a new cinematic history for one of America’s most shameful eras. »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch Keith Stanfield in Post-Apocalyptic Short Film, 'King Ripple'

3 March 2016 4:11 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Check out another short film from Michigan native Luke Jaden (earlier this week, we featured "The Neverlands" starring Langston Fishburne, Son of Laurence Fishburne; and ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ starring Barkhad Abdi and Dwight Henry); this one is titled "King Ripple," and stars other names you'd be familiar with, like Keith Stanfield, as well as Torrey Wigfield, Allie DeBerry, newcomer Callaghan Belle, and  Luke Jaden himself. The film is described as a "post-apocalyptic, tension-flaring, tale of trepidation," that "follows four teenagers as they travel into a desolate and decrepit urban wasteland brought forth by the very being »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Barkhad Abdi & Dwight Henry in Detroit-Set Dramatic Short, ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’

1 March 2016 1:49 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Below, watch the Detroit-set indie dramatic short, "The Wolf Who Cried Boy," scripted by Luke Jaden and Cort Johns, who also co-directed the film. The story, described as "anti-coming-of-age," centers on a young man who gets swept into the seedy underbelly of the scrapping industry. Torrey Wigfield leads the cast, playing a young scrapper living off the streets of Detroit. He's joined by Barkhad Abdi who plays a limo driver who acts as a fence for stolen copper; Dwight Henry as the no-nonsense junkyard owner; and Peter Carey as a ruthless scrapyard owner. This film is produced by Luke Jaden, Cort Johns, Frank Capra III, Phil Wurtzel, Anthony Ernest »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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