‘The Birth of a Nation’ hits theaters

Lapacazo Sandoval | 10/6/2016, 11:02 a.m.
Veteran cinematographer Elliot Davis should be nominated and win several awards this season for his stunning visuals in Nate Parker’s ...
"Birth of a Nation" FOX Searchlight

In the press notes Parker said, “If Nat Turner wasn’t a preacher, I don’t think I would have been interested in this story. If he was about anger for anger’s sake, I wouldn’t be interested. There’s nothing about me that wants to celebrate that. That he did what he did as a last resort meant something to me. That he was so obedient to his faith right to the end meant something to me. The true history suggests he was a measured man, a man who toiled over what he felt he had to do and how to do it. His actions speak more to slavery and what it does to men than it does to some half-baked notions of fanaticism. Nat Turner resisted, but he resisted in the name of God and clear injustice.”

Parker added, “But he resisted in the name of God and clear injustice,” which illustrates, again, that “The Birth of a Nation” is a very Christian film.

“The Birth of a Nation” is produced by Nate Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert and Preston L. Holmes.

Elliot Davis is director of photography. Geoffrey Kirkland is production designer. Steven Rosenblum, A.C.E., is editor. Francine Jamison-Tanchuck is costume designer. Music is by Henry Jackman.