The Birth of a Nation

Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura, U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic


Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Sun. January 31, 3:30pm, Eccles Theatre, Park City
Sun. January 31, 6:00pm, Eccles Theatre, Park City
Best of Fest: Mon. February 1, 3:30pm, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC

When a little slave boy, Nathaniel “Nat” Turner, was taken to meet the Elders in the deep woods of 1800s Southampton County, Virginia, it was determined he would be a prophet. It became evident that the unusually intelligent boy would become able to read, so he was encouraged to study the Holy Bible and be a preacher to his fellow slaves. But when Nat’s master decides to profit from his preaching skills by putting him on an inter-county preaching tour, Nat begins to see the full contours of slavery and is moved to become a different kind of leader.

Based on true events, The Birth of a Nation is the long-awaited story of Nat Turner, the American-born slave who would lead the most successful slave rebellion in American history. Having appeared as an actor in several features at the Sundance Film Festival (Arbitrage, Red Hook Summer), Nate Parker returns to the Festival with this bold, compelling, and deeply inhabited first-time feature—and proves that he is an ascending triple-threat talent.

YEAR 2016

SECTION U.S. Dramatic


RUN TIME 117 min

COMPANY Bron Studios, Mandalay Pictures, Phantom Four, Tiny Giant Productions


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Artist Bio

Nate Parker

Nate Parker is a humanitarian, actor, writer, director, and producer. As an actor, Parker had three films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival between 2012 and 2013: the Spike Lee directed Red Hook Summer; Arbitrage, opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon; and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, opposite Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster. Parker is currently developing a number of projects through his production company, Tiny Giant Productions.