Tribeca Film Festival to Honor 'Birth of a Nation' Director Nate Parker

Austin Hargrave
Nate Parker

Also among this year's honorees are 'The Cove' and 'Racing Extinction' director Louie Psihoyos and Charity Water founder and CEO Scott Harrison.

The Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker will be honored by the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival's Disruptive Innovation Awards, it was announced Monday.

The writer, director and star of the slave-rebellion drama will receive the Theodore Parker Prize during the April 22 ceremony, held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center BMCC. The film — based on the story of Nat Turner, an American-born slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history — nabbed the highest price paid for a film at Sundance earlier this year and is set to be released Oct. 7 by Fox Searchlight.

The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards aims to share insights into innovation to help solve some of the world's most intractable problems, and celebrate those who have broken the mold to significantly impact industries and business models in traditional and non-traditional domains, including media, healthcare, social justice, education, politics, sports and philanthropy. It is held in collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen and the Disruptor Foundation. Tribeca Festival co-founder Craig Hatkoff is the chief curator of the awards.

Also among this year's honorees are The Cove and Racing Extinction director Louie Psihoyos; Charity Water founder and CEO Scott Harrison; American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony D. Romero; Is Shame Necessary? author Jennifer Jacquet; Fabio Zaffagnini, the creator of Rockin'1000, whose crowdsourced 1,000-musician performance of Foo Fighters’ "Learn to Fly" has reached 30 million views on YouTube; Brent Stapelkamp, a researcher who tracked and photographed Cecil the Lion for nine years; Alan Eustace, world record holder for highest freefall jump (135,889 feet) earned in the process of piloting the system built by the StratEx team; Max Kenner, founder and executive director of Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) which enrolls incarcerated individuals in academic programs culminating in Bard College degrees; Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson, co-founders of Blue Latitudes, whose mission is to globally scale the conversion of oil rigs into coral reefs; Lending Club, the world’s largest online crowdsourced and funded marketplace connecting borrowers and investors; The Suskind Family (Ron, Cornelia, Walter and Owen Suskind) for unleashing ability and creativity in those with autism; Jenna Arnold and Greg Segal, co-founders of Organize, which is looking to put itself out of business by solving the organ donation crisis; and juvenile justice reformer Adam Foss, who by shifting his focus from incarceration to transforming lives is reinventing the role of the criminal prosecutor.

This year's lifetime achievement awards will be given to Thomas Heatherwick for his dedication to bringing design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace at his own Heatherwick Studio, and Kenya Wildlife Service chair Dr. Richard Leakey, one of the world’s leading paleoanthropologists and conservationists, for his leadership and past and current efforts in shutting down the ivory trade in Africa.

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival is set to run April 13-24.

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