As the cast and crew travel around the globe promoting Birth of a Nation, a film about Nat Turner, the studio has partnered with several community groups like the League of Women Voters and the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation to encourage Black Americans to head to the polls by registering them to vote.
To aid in the process, several theaters across the country are hosting special screenings of Birth of a Nation on Tuesday, September 27 in honor of National Voter Registration day. The goal of the initiative is to “encourage everyone to be a part of U.S. history by highlighting everyone’s right to vote, encouraging registration and underscoring that their voices and opinions matter.”
According to a press release from Fox Searchlight: “Currently 20% of all people who can legally vote in this country are stopped by technical roadblocks when they try to register. This presidential election will be especially challenging, as many current laws lack the protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act was passed to overcome many legal barriers that individuals faced when exercising their right to vote but section 4 was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.”
Here’s the rundown of theaters showing the film tonight before it’s released nationwide:
Bow Tie Cinemas
The Grand Theatres
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
Glenwood Arts Theatre – Overland Park, KS
Little Theatre – Rochester, NY
Midtown Cinema – Harrisburg, PA
Tower City Cinemas – Cleveland, OH
Cedar Lee Theatre – Cleveland Heights, OH
Cinema Arts Theatre – Fairfax, VA
Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI
The Neon – Dayton, OH
Several other theaters across the country will also host voting registration drives during the opening weekend of October 7-9.