‘Birth of a Nation’ Director Nate Parker to Get Sundance Institute Vanguard Award

Accolade will be presented at Night Before Next benefit on Aug. 11

Nate Parker will be presented with Sundance’s Vanguard Award, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The acclaimed filmmaker will receive the award at Night Before Next, a summer celebration benefiting the Sundance Institute and its artists, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Aug. 11.

Parker directed the highly acclaimed movie “The Birth of a Nation,” about slave Nat Turner (played by Parker) who led the famous rebellion in 1831.

“The Birth of a Nation” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

It was picked up by Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million. That sum is believed to be the highest amount of money paid for a film to come out of Sundance.

Parker directed, produced and wrote the film. It will be released in theaters on Oct. 7, 2016.

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