As the leading streaming service for the Black community, BET+ is proud to be the exclusive SVOD home for Nate Parker’s AMERICAN SKIN. Beginning April 15, BET+ members will be able to watch the captivating film, in which Parker wrote, directed and stars in. The film comes to the BET+ platform at a critical time as racial justice remains at the forefront of global headlines and the national dialogue.
“While BET+ is a platform for promoting Black stories, it’s also a place for championing Black culture and advocating for our community,” said Devin Griffin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, BET+. “When we first learned of the film’s ambitions, we knew it was something we had to be a part of. We were delighted to board the project early on as a production partner and are even more so now that our BET+ members can watch and experience this timely and poignant film.”
“BET+ played a pivotal role in getting American Skin to market and we were thrilled to have a partner who understood the gravity and importance of bringing this story to life,” said writer, director and activist Nate Parker. “My ambition with this film was to reflect the Black experience and to create a dialogue that adds context and accountability and allows us to push and change the narrative around race and justice in this country.”
AMERICAN SKIN weaves a layered story in the tradition of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon, that follows a Black Iraqi War Vet, Lincoln Jefferson (Parker), who after being denied a fair trial following the shooting death of his teenage son by a white police officer, desperately seeks justice and accountability for his son’s death.
In addition to Parker, AMERICAN SKIN stars Omari Hardwick, Beau Knapp, Theo Rossi, Shane Paul McGhie, Milauna Jackson, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Sierra Capri. The film was produced by Mark Burg, Tarak Ben Ammar and Lukas Behnken with Zak Tanjeloff, Michael Novagratz, Bagrat Sargsyan, and Vaagn Sarkissian serving as Executive Producers.
AMERICAN SKIN comes to BET+ fresh off a successful PVOD run where the film became one of Vertical Entertainment’s highest grossing titles. AMERICAN SKIN previously premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it won the Filming Italy Award for Best Film of the Sconfini Section. Since its debut, the film has also resonated with audiences across the globe, with a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and has struck a chord with the Black community, counting celebrities and tastemakers like Lebron James, Diddy, E40 and David Oyelowo as fans.
To learn more about the fight for justice against police brutality and how to get involved, check out the following resources:
The Electoral Justice Project: The Electoral Justice Voter Fund marshals a cross-issue, transnational Black electoral-justice movement by building a network of local organizers and partners. We define electoral justice as encompassing accountability, interventions, dismantling, and building anew.
Mothers Against Police Brutality: Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) is the voice for justice for victims of police brutality and deadly force. We are multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition uniting mothers nationwide to fight for civil rights, police accountability, and policy reform.
National Action Network: National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.
BET+, a joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, is the leading streaming service for the Black community. With thousands of hours of hit movies, TV shows, stand-up specials, stage plays and more, BET+ offers the best of Black culture, including exclusive originals from best-in-class creators like Tracey Oliver’s First Wives Club, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger and Carl Weber’s The Family Business and Sacrifice, to name a few. BET+ members can watch as much as they want anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen and always commercial-free. Visit BET.Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus for the latest news and updates.
About The Nate Parker Foundation:
For over 5 years, The Nate Parker Foundation has been empowering the next generation of Black storytellers to change culture through the cinematic arts. We believe greater representation in the cinematic arts inspires critical conversation and assists in the advancement of social justice. By nurturing new voices in film, we can revolutionize culture. We are excited to announce our latest initiative, a talent accelerator, NPFU, headed by Nate and a team of industry professionals. The program models tech accelerators, taking a hands on approach to cultivating young black talent for success and impact in the film industry.