Birth of a Nation filmmaker Nate Parker is testing the waters for a comeback after a resurfaced rape trial derailed his directorial debut.
According to a report from THR, Parker is putting together a short film called Baselines which centers around a family in Los Angeles doing everything in their power to protect their son and his basketball dreams from the dangers of the inner city life.
Baselines would mark Parker’s first effort after retreating from the spotlight following the 2016 release of his Birth of a Nation movie. At the time, Parker found himself at the center of backlash over a 17-year-old rape case from his college days at Penn State University. Although he was acquitted and has maintained his innocence, his accuser subsequently committed suicide in 2012. Four students who were there at the time wrote a compelling letter calling the case a “blatant misinformation campaign.” The four alumni say witnesses were intimidated by investigators trying to build a case for prosecution.
Birth of a Nation star Gabrielle Union, who revealed she had been raped at gunpoint nearly 30 years ago, was conflicted by the allegations and didn’t take them slightly.
“Did Nate have his date’s consent? It’s very possible he thought he did. Yet by his own admission he did not have verbal affirmation; and even if she never said “no,” silence certainly does not equal “yes,” Union said during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Parker’s situation pre-dated the current #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.