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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 | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview 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 | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview 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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Sundance favourite ‘Birth Of A Nation’ to release in October 2016

24 February 2016 11:24 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sundance winner The Birth Of A Nation is set to roll out in cinemas across North America in October 2016. It looks like the film may be getting a major awards push considering the date that Fox are looking to get this into cinemas, and will the UK get the film at this year’s London Film Festival, which also runs in October?

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.

The film, written and directed by Parker, also stars Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, »

- Paul Heath

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Birth Of A Nation Plants The Flag On Awards-Friendly Fall Release Date

24 February 2016 1:39 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sundance breakout hit The Birth of a Nation has secured an opportune release date during the thick of awards season – October 7, 2016.

Nate Parker’s impassioned race drama drew the crowds at last month’s film festival, leading to a flurry of activity that resulted in the writer-director inking a record deal with Fox Searchlight – to the tune of $17.5 million – to bring the early awards contender to theaters. Both The Weinstein Company and Netflix had expressed interest in the historical drama prior to the agreement.

Rooted in the 19th century, The Birth of a Nation revolves around Nat Turner, the American-born slave who helped spearhead one of the most successful slave rebellions in the country’s history.

Having written and directed the feature, Parker is also a part of the starry ensemble, which is set to tell that tale of “Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, »

- Michael Briers

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Sundance Smash ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Lands Awards Season Release

24 February 2016 1:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Birth of a Nation,” the Nate Parker film that was a buzzmagnet sensation at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, has been positioned for an awards-season release this fall from Fox Searchlight.

Written, directed by and starring Nate Parker, “Birth of Nation” attracted Oscar hype in the immediate wake of its Jan. 25 Sundance premiere, which earned a standing ovation. The film chronicles the true story of Nat Turner, the slave who led an uprising in Virginia in 1831, with a cast led by Parker (as Nat Turner) and Armie Hammer.

At Sundance, Fox Searchlight acquired the ultrahot title for $17.5 million, the richest deal in the festival’s history. That hefty sum signaled the distributor’s awards-season intentions for the film, and now its nationwide release date, set for Oct. 7, positions the film to become an early player in the annual autumn run-up to Hollywood’s awards derby.

Parker, Kevin Turen, »

- Gordon Cox

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"Birth of a Nation" To Open October 7th

24 February 2016 11:40 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nate Parker's slave-rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation," the most buzzed about film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, has scored an October 7th nationwide release date from its distributor Fox Searchlight.

That puts the film right in the heart of awards season. Parker wrote, directed and stars in the film about Nat Turner, an American-born slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history.

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 also star in the film which Fox ended up paying $17.5 million to secure the worldwide rights to at the festival - the largest sale in Sundance history to date.

That date has it opening against the Ben Affleck-led thriller "The Accountant," the novel adaptation "The Girl on the Train" and the Channing Tatum »

- Garth Franklin

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Sundance Breakout The Birth Of A Nation Lands Record Deal At Fox Searchlight

27 January 2016 11:41 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As is so often the case with each passing year, 2016’s Sundance Film Festival ignited a flurry of activity among studios and filmmakers alike, with a number of the major players moving in to acquire the hottest properties in town. And while the likes of Casey Affleck’s Manchester By The Sea and the Ellen Page-starring Tallulah pocketed distribution deals of their own, it was Nate Parker’s boisterous The Birth of a Nation that stole the headlines after securing a lucrative deal with Fox Searchlight to the tune of $17.5 million. That’s the biggest sale in Sundance history, and it didn’t even go to the highest bidder.

Hot on the heels of receiving a standing ovation at the film festival, it’s understood that The Weinstein Company and Netflix had both expressed interest in the feature film – the latter reportedly tabled a $20 million offer – though Parker is »

- Michael Briers

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

25 January 2016 9:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It speaks to his ambition that the writer, director, producer and actor Nate Parker chose to title his slavery drama “The Birth of a Nation,” though the film would be a significant achievement by any name. Arriving more than a century after D.W. Griffith’s epic lit up the screen with racist images forever destined to rankle and provoke, this powerfully confrontational account of Nat Turner’s life and the slave rebellion he led in 1831 seeks to purify and reclaim a motion-picture medium that has only just begun to treat America’s “peculiar institution” with anything like the honesty it deserves. If “12 Years a Slave” felt like a breakthrough on that score, then Parker’s more conventionally told but still searingly impressive debut feature pushes the conversation further still: A biographical drama steeped equally in grace and horror, it builds to a brutal finale that will stir deep emotion and inevitable unease. »

- Justin Chang

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 2: #75-51

12 January 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.

Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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