‘The Birth of a Nation’ First Trailer Debuts

A day after making noise at CinemaCon, Fox Searchlight released on Friday the powerful first trailer for the Sundance Film Festival hit “The Birth of a Nation.”

Nate Parker — this year’s CinemaCon breakthrough director of the year award winner — wrote, directed, produced and stars in the drama about the 1831 slave rebellion, which is already generating Oscar buzz. Not only did the film click with critics and Sundance audiences (it received the most enthusiastic standing ovation at this year’s fest, and won its grand jury prize and audience award), but it sold to Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million — the biggest Sundance deal of all time — and nabbed an awards-friendly release date.

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