North Star Film Screening Followed by Q & A with Thomas Phillips, Director
The North Star is the story of BENJAMIN “BIG BEN” JONES (Jeremiah Trotter) and MOSES HOPKINS (Thomas C. Bartley Jr.), two slaves who escaped from a Virginia plantation and made their way to freedom in Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1849. Big Ben’s 6 foot 10 inch height and a record bounty for his safe return make him the focus of every slave hunter on the east coast. Their journey exposes them to danger and cruelty; however it also exposes them to the unexpected kindness of the people involved in the Underground Railroad. These experiences will change Ben and Moses forever. Upon reaching the relative safety of Mt. Gilead Church on Buckingham Mountain, Ben and Moses get to experience life as free men and cross paths with historical figures such as Frederick Douglass. Their freedom also allows them to experience heroism, romance and treachery. This epic tale is beautifully filmed on location in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where the actual historical events took place, backdrop for the inspiring story of people crossing racial lines for the cause of freedom.
Thomas Phillips – Writer/Producer/Director Born and raised in Doylestown PA, Thomas Phillips attended Fairmont State University and West Virginia University, studying education. He started in the arts as an actor/musician, spending several years in Los Angeles honing his craft and beginning a quest to learn the art of filmmaking. Fortunate enough to be on set with some of the leading directors in the industry, Thomas took the opportunity to observe, learn and develop his own style. In 2005, Thomas wrote “The North Star”. His clear vision and passion for this compelling story are evident and are sure to make a big impact on screen.
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