LuckPig Studios Presents
A Thomas K. Phillips Film
THE NORTH STAR
A Perilous Journey to Freedom, Based on a True Story…
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. THOMAS K. PHILLIPS (Writer & Director) and KEIKO NAKAHARA (Director of Photography) brilliantly capture the lush landscapes as a backdrop for the inspiring story of people crossing racial lines for the cause of freedom.
Produced in association with Reel Goode Productions, Jersey Style Films and JRC Productions.
“My wish is that The North Star will resonate positively with its audience and show the good of humanity at such a dark time in American history. Another one of my goals is to shed light on the thousands of courageous individuals that took the perilous journey to freedom, leaving the only life known to them; a life of forced servitude and inhumane treatment, for a better life for themselves and future generations. In addition and most important to me, I hope that The North Star will create a dialog with its audience about how people came together for the cause of abolishing slavery; people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds who heard the word of God in their hearts and risked a great deal by their actions. I believe it is still relevant in solving some of today’s issues.”
~ Thomas K. Phillips
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