Tribeca First-Timers: Nate Parker

April 25, 2014 12:15 AM

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Tribeca First-Timers: Nate Parker

From a Tuskegee Airman to a great debater, the actor Nate Parker has had a varied career in Hollywood. But not until this year has Mr. Parker appeared in work at the Tribeca Film Festival. He arrives at the festival with roles in two films, Jesse Zwick’s ensemble drama “About Alex” and Amy Berg’s crime drama “Every Secret Thing.” He is also on the jury choosing the best new documentary director at the festival.

In “About Alex,” a group of old college buddies come to the aid of a friend when he attempts suicide. Mr. Parker plays a writer whose career has stalled. In “Every Secret Thing,” he and Elizabeth Banks are detectives investigating the disappearance of a child. During a recent interview at the Carlt...

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