Nate Parker has been named 'Breakthrough Director of The Year' byCinemaCon.
We are use to his extraordinary work on camera, grabbing the audience with his acting presence. However, this actor has surprised us all with new skills of writing and directing with the film “Birth of a Nation”, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's audience and jury top prizes. Now he will be honored at CinemaCon as the breakthrough director of the year!
The film describes the 1831 Slave uprising of Nat Turner, an African American preacher who encouraged fellow slaves to turn against their master.
“In college, if someone [asked] me who my hero [was], the answer they'd get without hesitation was Nat Turner,” Parker said in a interview with PEOPLE magazine.
Parker explains in the interview how being a black actor, not too many scripts “represent the experience of the black male with strength, power, and integrity.” This is what drove him to writing his own scripts.
The film will debut on October 7 2016, and is expected to be a major contender for the Oscars.