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'Birth of a Nation' Breaks Sundance Sales Record

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The backlash from Black talent being ignored on the Oscars ballot has worked out favorably form one Black  film maker.  The laudable reception of "Birth of A Nation" during its debut at Sundance on Monday, matriculated into a history-making deal by Tuesday. Actor/Director/Writer Nate Parker ("Red Tails," "The Great Debaters") made the highest sale in the history of the film festival. Fox Searchlight has offered $17.5 for worldwide distribution of the story that centers around the slave rebellion of Nat Turner -- not to be confused in the least with D.W. Griffith's racist early American film.  Deadline reports: "The deal rivals the biggest ever made at a film festival: the $20 million Focus Features paid for world rights to the Tom Ford-directed Nocturnal Animals at the last Cannes, which matched the $20 million Paramount paid for the Denis Villenueve-directed Story Of Your Life at Cannes 2014."

Parker put his entire self into the film.  The self-financed mvoie in which he also stars and directs, took 7 years to make.