Meet the Artist'16: Nate Parker

The Sundance Film Festival occupies a curious spot in the Hollywood timetable. It falls just before the Oscars, but is attended largely by critics and industry insiders who are already looking to set the narrative for the next year’s race. Even by those standards, though, the buzz from this year’s festival felt serendipitously timed, given that the most-talked-about film was easily The Birth of a Nation, a depiction of an 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. Also noteworthy: the presence of Netflix and Amazon, whose aggressive bidding indicated a sea change in the world of indie-film distribution.