NEW YORK (AP) — Fox Searchlight will hold voter registration enrollment in theater lobbies ahead of screenings of the Nat Turner slave rebellion drama “The Birth of a Nation.”
Though the film has been overshadowed by a 17-year-old rape case involving Nate Parker, the film’s director and star, Fox Searchlight is trying to shift the attention surrounding “The Birth of a Nation.” The specialty film distributor said Monday the voter initiative will roll out nationwide during promotional screenings on Sept. 27, National Voter Registration Day, as well as on opening weekend, Oct. 7-9.
Fox Searchlight said some 20 theater chains and independent theaters are participating.
The film dramatizes the events leading up to the Turner-led revolt in 1831 Virginia that was defeated, killing some 60 slaves.
Celebrities Attend 'Birth Of A Nation' Premiere
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2. Loretta DevineSource:PR 2 of 11
3. Gabrielle Union WadeSource:PR 3 of 11
4. Derek Fisher and Gloria GovanSource:PR 4 of 11
5. Chadwick BosemanSource:PR 5 of 11
6. Aja Noami KingSource:PR 6 of 11
7. Alfre WoodardSource:PR 7 of 11
8. Garcelle BeauvaisSource:PR 8 of 11
9. Gloria GovanSource:PR 9 of 11
10. Jesse WilliamsSource:PR 10 of 11
11. Nate ParkerSource:PR 11 of 11
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