‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Star On The Country, Right Now: The Ryan Report

Today it was The Ryan Report like you rarely-to-never see it – serious and introspective.

Past the mentions of 50 Cent‘s latest online combatant and the trailer for the upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Ryan Cameron and Jarard J turned to their in-studio guest Nate Parker, and his upcoming film “The Birth of A Nation.”

It’s the story of Nat Turner – who led a slave rebellion in 1831 – in which Parker not only stars, but he co-wrote, co-produced and it serves as his directorial debut. So of course, given such a personal investment, Parker hopes the drama does well when it bows in theaters Oct. 7.

Related: Khylen Steward’s review of “The Birth of a Nation” 

But with that, “especially with a film like this, I just hope people see it and they recognize what I believe to be the power in it,” he tells The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith.

“The Birth of A Nation” actually started garnering attention at beginning of this year, when after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival Fox Searchlight Pictures bought the worldwide rights to it for $17.5 million – the biggest deal brokered at Sundance so far.

Since then talk has turned to Parker himself – first of a potential Oscar nomination for his portrayal; and then the real-life rape charges he faced (in 1999), and was acquitted of (in 2001) when he was a student at Penn State.

But with far greater focus on police-involved killings across the country, Parker is hoping this period film ultimately serves as a tool to help “[look] at America in a way that

“It’s hard to turn on the TV right nwe can be honest about the trauma that we dealt with back then, and how it affects us.”ow and see some of the conditions and not be concerned about where we are,” Parker continued. “So I’m trying not to think about [the] box office or awards or anything…I really want people to see it and behaviors to change.”

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