Nate Parker has taken a negative and turned it into a positive by creating a new film "Birth of a Nation," and has made history at Sundance with this labor of love. Nate Parker's "Birth of a Nation,"reportedly sold at the Sundance Film Festival for a record breaking amount of $17.5 million for worldwide rights by Fox Searchlight. It is reported that at least two bidders bid up to 20 million dollars (2.5 million more than the accepted bid) before it was all over.
Other than the impressive story line (which is based on a true story), Nate Parker wrote, produced, directed and starred in this film...which is impressive in its own right. What is powerful to know is that Parker chose to take the film title, from the 1915 hateful film by D.W. Griffith glorifying the KKK, and turn it into a more poignant portrayal of the film title. In the video below he shares in his own words how this story came to be and the accountability seeing the film establishes.
It is no secret that The IDEAL Magazine adores Nate Parker, and had the utmost pleasure of meeting him during the Martin Luther King memorial celebration in Washington DC some years back. To hear of this film and his success attached to it is very heartwarming. We look forward to the day that we can view this historical creation. Below is a video from the day after the film screened during Sundance. If you have time to watch the entire video below, it will be more informative than not.
If you are unable to view the video embedded above, check out the link below (the start point has been embedded for your convenience: https://youtu.be/FfdmCgtI9WY