Breakout film director, Nate Parker, was awarded Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Award on Thursday night at Sundance’s “NIGHT BEFORE NEXT” event. On the same day, Parker announced a fellowship for 18-to-24-year-old filmmakers in the Sundance Ignite Program.
Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired Parker’s Birth of a Nation for $17.5 million from Sundance festival. The film centers on the historical figure Nat Turner, who played a pivotal role in slave rebellions. Birth of a Nation will be released October 7.