Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' Set for Wide Release in October

February 24, 2016

The Birth of a Nation

Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced an official release date for Nate Parker's feature directorial debut, and the Sundance Film Festival double award winner, The Birth of a Nation, starring Nate Parker. The film will open in theaters "nationwide" (that's what it says!) on October 7th, 2016 later this fall. Parker plays Nat Turner, a former slave that organizes an uprising movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina. The cast includes Armie Hammer, Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. The film won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January, and was picked up by Fox Searchlight in a record-setting deal. Check back soon for any trailers.

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


Wasn't there some talk about Hollywood/Oscar being too white...? 😀

mzungu on Feb 24, 2016


Yeah And Not Just last February What About "Selma" And "The Butler" They Should've been recognized More.

Frank Hogan on Sep 17, 2016


This had got to be one the year's must-see films. I am glad it is going to get a nationwide release.

DAVIDPD on Feb 24, 2016


Deservedly so or not I predict Oscars 2017 Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actors - Screenplay - Cinematography - Editing - Score........all to make up for this years whitewash blunder for sure.

lattimore on Feb 25, 2016


That's True. 2017 Academy Awards should be An Oscar Landslide for "The Birth Of A Nation" It COULD even Supass The 11 Oscars Of "Ben Hur' "Titanic' And "Return Of The King"

Frank Hogan on Feb 25, 2016


You guys are crazy! And just what are you basing these silly grandiose predictions on? Have you even seen the film yet? Or are you allowing yourselves to get caught up in all the media hype? Relax and do some research and you will find out that there are plenty of responses to this film that are not very favorable. Like that it's just not very good; very amateurish by a first-time filmmaker and mediocre at best. Let's just wait and see before awarding it all these Oscars and what not. This putting the cart before the horse is a little silly.

Bo on Feb 25, 2016


Please, lattimore. Rather than repeat myself I employ you to read (below) my reply to Frank Hogan's reply to your post. Get a grip on your unwarranted predictions regarding the movie. It could stink, you know? The media hype has got you both by the balls here!

Bo on Feb 25, 2016


Before you start (over reacting) throwing out comments like 'silly' or 'grandiose' you need to understand the point of my statement, which is Hollywood possibly losing site of the artistry of film and jumping on the bandwagon of our currently evolving hyper PC world and awarding movies that are socially sensitive as to not offend or been seen to disrespect minorities. You are correct in saying I have not seen the film but again my comment was more derived from a foregone conclusion 'if' we all attach ourselves to the hype, Hollywood and it's voters included!

lattimore on Feb 25, 2016


Thank you for you intelligent explanation, lattimore. I apologize for not understanding the point of your original statement. Perhaps I was reacting more to Frank Hogan's literal interpretation rather than your irony in making your point. My bad, as I love irony and after reading your explanation reply and re-reading your original post I see where I went astray. Again, I apologize. I agree with everything you said in your reply to me, i.e. 'the jumping on the bandwagon/hyper PC world, etc. etc. and appreciate the intelligence in which you explained your point to me. A breath of fresh air on these film site comment sections. Thanks again.

Bo on Feb 26, 2016


Thank you for your kind words - and I have to agree it is truly refreshing to have an intelligent discussion without all the mud slinging usually associated with 'hot topics' Regards.

lattimore on Mar 1, 2016


Well said, lattimore. I certainly agree. And thanks to you too. Peace...

Bo on Mar 1, 2016


When will we start seeing major films with predominately black casts that has different subject matter than civil rights or slavery?

kitano0 on Feb 25, 2016


not sure why it's important to you; but, to name a few I like - 1. think like a man 2 menace to society 3 the temptations 4. glory 5 Malcolm x 6 what's love got to do with it edit - thought of 3 more I loved - "new jack city" and "sugar hill" and "hoodlum".

dan on Feb 25, 2016


thank you for the education...(no sarcasm intended) I have seen Malcolm X, What's Love, some of the Temps, Hey, I thought of another... "Ray"

kitano0 on Feb 25, 2016


yea, that's another for sure!

dan on Feb 26, 2016



Have Hope on Feb 25, 2016


"Here's your Oscar, here's all the Oscars, take them all... Just please don't call us racist."

Big Beard on Feb 26, 2016

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