Living the CineLifeStyle pt. 2 – Birth of a Nation

Birth of a NationHere is part 2 of my early award contending films. Birth of a Nation is the feature film debut for veteran actor Nate Parker, yet this film appears to be a top tier front-runner among early front-runners, though that can be a precarious position. Birth of a Nation, which also stars Parker along with Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo and more, had quite the splash at Sundance. Not only did Fox Searchlight pick up the feature for the very tidy sum of a rumored $17 million-plus, but it also won both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize at the festival. Warning though, others have matched that feat at Sundance, only to shrivel in release. Still, this has the power of Searchlight behind it, which is nothing to scoff at. The distributor is an apex Award-getter, with Best Picture wins for Birdman (2014), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Indiewire noted recently the company has more Best Picture nominations than any other company, so not bad company to be in.

The feature centers on Nat Turner (Nate Parker) who as a child is taught to read so he can study the Bible and minister to his fellow slaves. Later, his master takes him across the country on a preaching tour for profit, but while on his journey, Turner begins to see the scope of slavery and decides to become a different kind of leader.

Click here to see Pt 1 – Manchester by the Sea

About the Author - Brian Brooks

Co-producer of several programs at the Film Society of Lincoln Center including its popular year-round talk series with filmmakers and talent. He co-founded The Close-Up, the Film Society's weekly podcast series featuring filmmakers and actors from all over the world who regularly attend Lincoln Center's year-round roster of festivals and events. Brian also serves as Managing Director of SeriesFest, an annual June event held in Denver spotlighting cutting edge television/episodic content. Additionally, he spearheads specialty box office coverage for Deadline Hollywood with twice weekly columns in addition to other news stories. Brian has regularly attended film festivals throughout North America, Europe as well as Korea since serving in his former position as managing editor of Indiewire where he wrote daily interviews, news stories, event coverage and photography in addition to guiding the daily content of the site for over a decade. A native of California, Brian spent a year-and-a-half living in Japan following graduation from UCLA. He has served on festival juries at SXSW, Seattle, Denver, Sarasota, Cleveland Florida film festivals and others.