*Miami Beach, Fl – Compelling. Gripping. Emotional. Raw. These are all descriptors of the behind-the-scenes clips showcased during the 20th anniversary of the recent American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
The ABFF First Look: The Birth Of A Nation was an incredibly moving and insightful conversation with the film’s writer, producer, and director, Nate Parker. Parker enlightened the festival attendees with stories of the creative process behind what is destined to be an Oscar worthy film! Just from seeing a few clips, you could feel the raw emotion that radiated from the audience.
Parker felt the story of Nat Turner needed to be told and felt he could tell it best, feeling a deeply personal connection to the slave revolt leader.
From discussing the writing and directing processes (see video clip of Nate discussing how it is to be directed when you are the director), to working with cast members Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union, to building a slave house set in Savannah, Georgia, to the climactic screening at and being the first movie ever to receive a substantial monetary amount of this magnitude at Sundance, Parker’s conversation was informative, enlightening, and yes, even emotional at times.
As Star Jones was the moderator for the afternoon discussion, Parker took the conversation to heights of inspiration, and motivation leaving listeners with a sense of overwhelming pride at what he has accomplished and the many accolades he will receive by bringing Nat Turner’s story to the big screen.
“The Birth Of A Nation” will open nationwide in theaters October 7. Please support this masterfully done film by Nate Parker.