Beverly Hills, Calif (PressExposure) November 06, 2014 -- Porter Pictures of Beverly Hills, the leading producers' services agency, has just acquired for distribution the acclaimed dramatic feature film, THE NORTH STAR.
Based on a true story and starring Clifton Powell (Ray, Rush Hour), Golden Globe-nominee Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story, Stepmom, Madea's Family Reunion), Keith David (Cloud Atlas, Chronicles of Riddick, Grey's Anatomy), John Diehl (Stargate, Miami Vice), and acclaimed NFL star Jeremiah Trotter, THE NORTH STAR shines a light on the famed Underground Railroad, from the point of view of Ben and Moses, two slaves who risked their very lives to travel on it -- one of them with a record-setting "bounty" on his head from his vengeful master, making them the focus of every slave-hunter in the region.
Set in 1849-50, THE NORTH STAR conveys the horror and the raw courage of the days when the pursuit of freedom could mean a new life -- or sudden death. The film puts a human face -- or rather, faces -- on this tragedy, and the faith, heroism, drama, and courage that it took for these unsung heroes, as they made their way north, facing betrayal and risking capture, to reach freedom.
Written and directed by Thomas K. Phillips and featuring a soulful soundtrack by jazz royalty Ramsey Lewis along with his son, award-winning music producer Frayne Lewis, and cinematography by Keiko Nakahara, THE NORTH STAR features the highest production values for independent cinema. It is produced in association with civil rights icon and former NAACP leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, who co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit along with Russell Simmons. It is clearly a film that transcends the barriers of age and race to bring validation and uplift to everyone.
In the vein of such recent critical and commercial blockbusters as Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, THE NORTH STAR is led by a blistering debut performance by Jeremiah Trotter as "Big Ben" in his first major film acting role, and inspiring supporting turns by Keith David as Frederick Douglass and Clifton Powell as the veteran slave who gave these younger men the courage to break the chains of bondage and reach for a better life.