‘The Birth of a Nation’: Nate Parker and Aja Naomi King on the Film’s Glowing Response

     April 18, 2016

One of the biggest films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival in years occurred this past January with the unveiling of The Birth of a Nation. Written, directed by, produced by, and starring Nate Parker, the film tells the true story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher who was used to “calm” other slaves in neighboring plantations down via his sermons, and who subsequently led a bloody uprising that had reverberations throughout the country.

The movie made waves at Sundance, landing both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award and selling to Fox Searchlight for a whopping $17.5 million, so its theatrical release on October 7th comes with much anticipation. Fox Searchlight debuted a new trailer for the film at CinemaCon last week, and Collider’s own Steve Weintraub was in attendance and able to speak with Parker and co-star Aja Naomi King about the film’s reception and plans for the project’s rollout later this year. Watch the interview above and check out a time index below.

  • :15 – The reception to the film at Sundance and the excitement for its release.
  • 1:50 – Will the film make the festival circuit this fall? Talk about the awards strategy for the movie.
  • 2:55 – What’s it like for Parker to see his passion project not just realized but received with open arms?
  • 4:00 – When will the next trailer be released?

Image via Fox Searchlight


Image via Fox Searchlight


Image via Fox Searchlight

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