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Nate Parker will be honored at the upcoming 2016 Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Awards. The director, writer, producer, and star of Birth of a Nation recently nabbed both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, along with the highest acquisition deal in the festivals history.

The film focuses on the 1831 Nat Turner slave rebellion and serves as a biographical drama. It tells the story of Nat Turner, a slave, preacher, and insurrection leader through hard hitting dramatizations of historical events surrounding his life and the rebellion he orchestrated. The film is set to be released by Fox Searchlight on Oct. 7.

The Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Awards aim is to celebrate individuals who focus on solving some of the world’s most difficult problems; working at the intersection of technology and culture within various realms including media, healthcare, social justice, education, politics, sports, and philanthropy through traditional and non-traditional means.

The awards are held in collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen who developed the theory of disruptive innovation and the Disruptor Foundation. Craig Hatkoff, Tribeca Festival co-founder serves as the head curator of the awards.

Congratulations to Nate Parker on receiving this honor and continuing to garner accolades for his work, humanitarian efforts, and his commitment to telling Nat Turner’s story in spite of being told Hollywood would never accept it.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is scheduled to take place April 13-24.



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