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Several Upcoming PA Screenings Set Up For Escaped Slave Drama ‘The North Star’

Several Upcoming PA Screenings Set Up For Escaped Slave Drama 'The North Star'

First, a quick recap… Former NFL linebacker Jeremiah Trotter stars as escaped slave Big Ben Jones, alongside Keith David as Frederick Douglass, in writer/director Thomas K. Phillips’ upcoming indie feature film, The North Star, which we first alerted you to last summer, and have been following since then.

The film is based on true events, and tells the story of the aforementioned Big Ben Jones, a slave who makes a daring escape from a Virginia plantation to Buckingham, PA in 1848, and gets helped by local Quakers

In addition to Trotter and David, the film’s cast includes Clifton PowellMichael RapaportLynn WhitfieldMichael Jai WhiteApril WoodallJermaine Jones, and Alana Lee

By the way, The North Star was the name of an anti-slavery newspaper published by Frederick Douglass in the 1800s.

A first trailer for the film surfaced earlier this year and is embedded below if you missed it.

Today, I learned that the film is actually currently touring, screening in venues here and there. So if you’re interested in checking it out, see the list of playdates below, along with links to the theaters:

Doylestown –  Red Carpet Event & Preview Screening
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
County Theater
20 East State Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Two screenings: 7:30pm & 8:00pm

Newtown – Red Carpet Event & Preview Screening
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street
Newtown, PA 18940

Red carpet begins approximately 3:30pm; Screening begins at: 4:30pm.
$20.00* – Tickets/info:

Newtown – Regular Preview Screenings
Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 7pm & 9pm
Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 8:30pm
Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 7pm.
$10.00 – Tickets/info:

Note: these are regular screenings – not red carpet.

And if you want to stay informed for future screenings that might happen in your city, follow the film via its Facebook page HERE.

Trailer below:

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