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The Birth of a Nation
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
As the final votes pour in ahead of the Academy Awards' Tuesday afternoon deadline, Hollywood is drawing to a close an awards season that has, from Nate Parker to Mel Gibson, often been a confounding morality play.
By even movie standards, the dramatic swings of fortune are hard to...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
On the surface there were a number of factors going against cinematographer Elliot Davis becoming involved in director-writer-producer-actor Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight). “I had never met Nate,” recalled Davis. “I didn’t know who he was when I got the script. To...
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
This prequel to SHOOT’s annual The Road To Oscar series of feature stories focuses on the art of editing and four of its notable practitioners: Joe Walker, ACE, Steven Rosenblum, ACE, Jake Roberts, and Julie Monroe.
All four are in the awards season conversation: Walker...
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
"The Birth of a Nation " has had more expectations placed on it than any movie could reasonably bear.
When the film about Nat Turner and his 1831 slave rebellion premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it was held up, unfairly or not, as everyone's great hope to save us from another year...
Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016
In a carefully stage-managed press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, Nate Parker and the cast of his Nat Turner slave revolt drama "The Birth of a Nation" argued for focusing on their film and not on the years-old rape allegation against Parker that has enveloped the film in...
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
Sundance Institute announced the prizes in feature filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with top awards going to Between Sea and Land, The Birth of a Nation, First Girl I Loved, Jim: The James Foley Story, Sand Storm, Sonita and Weiner...
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
A year ago, first-time director Nate Parker was still struggling get together the $10 million he needed to make his passion project, a film that tells the story of slave rebellion leader Nat Turner.
On Tuesday, a day after the film debuted at the...
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Nate Parker left a successful Hollywood acting career behind to make the movie that mattered most to him.
It took seven years for Parker to bring the story of slave rebellion leader Nat Turner to the screen. "The Birth of a Nation" premiered Monday...