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.

Find more posts in Indies, Movie News, Release Dates

Discover more around the web:

  • mzungu
    Wasn't there some talk about Hollywood/Oscar being too white...? 😀
    • Frank Hogan
      Yeah And Not Just last February What About "Selma" And "The Butler" They Should've been recognized More.
    This had got to be one the year's must-see films. I am glad it is going to get a nationwide release.
  • lattimore
    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.
    • Frank Hogan
      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"
      • Bo
        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
      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!
      • lattimore
        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!
        • Bo
          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.
          • lattimore
            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.
          • Bo
            Well said, lattimore. I certainly agree. And thanks to you too. Peace...
  • kitano0
    When will we start seeing major films with predominately black casts that has different subject matter than civil rights or slavery?
    • dan
      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".
      • kitano0
        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"
        • dan
          yea, that's another for sure!
  • Have Hope
  • Big Beard
    "Here's your Oscar, here's all the Oscars, take them all... Just please don't call us racist."




Alex's Top 10 - 2016
1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
10. Wilderpeople
Click Here for Thoughts

Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the news posts only, follow this acct:
Add our feed to your Feedly: follow us in feedly