Trailer Spotlight: The Birth of a Nation
Sundance is an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their projects to companies in hopes of obtaining distribution, or sometimes for films that already have distribution , it’s just an opportunity to build solid buzz. The film that seemed to garner some of the most attention is The Birth of a Nation. The civil war era story written, directed, and starring Nate Parker was picked up by Fox Searchlight, which is made all the more interesting when you consider that Netflix technically made the largest bid for the film, but Parker and the producing team elected to go with a company that would make sure this film saw theaters, and that it received the deserved awards marketing. We now have our first trailer for the film, and it is breathtakingly chilling, and carries with it all of the heart you would believe a film like this should.
Check out the trailer here!
This is one beautifully shot film. Each frame is delivered with purpose, and there is no dead air, at least in the trailer. As for performances, we know Nate Parker is a talented actor, as is Jackie Earle Haley when in the right role. This is easily going to be an Oscar type movie, and the gravitas is amplified by the heavy tone, and powerful visuals that radiate from this teaser. The film stars Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Gabrielle Union. The Birth of a Nation opens in theaters on October 7th.
Here is the official synopsis for the film:
Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
So what did you guys think of the trailer? Are you excited for The Birth of a Nation? Drop a comment and let us know what you think.