The official trailer for actor/filmmaker Nate Parker’s (The Birth of a Nation) drama feature American Skin has been released by Vertical Entertainment, who acquired the North American rights to the film (via Deadline). You can check out the trailer now in the player below!
Written and directed by Parker, who also stars in the movie, American Skin follows Marine veteran Lincoln ‘Linc” Jefferson (Parker) who takes matters into his own hands in a series of events he hopes will finally lead to justice for his 14-year-old son after witnessing his son’s murder by a white police officer who goes uncharged.
The movie is executive produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and also stars Omari Hardwick (Kick-Ass), Theo Rossi (Luke Cage), and Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds).
“In 2014, following the death of Michael Brown, I traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to stand against the overt domestic terrorism I saw spreading like a virus throughout our country,” Parker told Deadline. “My hope was both to amplify calls for justice, while seeking a better understanding of the tensions between law enforcement and men and women of color. The most tragic moment of this trip arrived when I stood downtown between two infuriated groups of citizens. From one side came yells of ‘Justice for Mike Brown’ and on the other ‘Support Our Police’. It became even more clear to me, the disconnect in our collective understanding of citizenship, law enforcement, and our responsibility to preserve American Black lives. This trip and subsequent killings developed in me a fire that manifested itself into the makings of this film American Skin.
“As an American citizen, father, brother, son and artist, I felt compelled to use my platform as a filmmaker to respond to this crisis in a way that could not only promote social equity, but initiate a global culture shift that can result in the preservation of lives. If saving one life is the only thing this film achieves, it will have served its core purpose.”
Lukas Behnken, Ben Ammar, and Mark Burg produce, with Zak Tanjefloff also executive producing and R.D. Delgado co-producing.
The movie debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. It will be released next year in North America on Martin Luther King Day.