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The Story of "The North Star" heading to the big screen

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: May 07 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2013 05:59:31 PM CDT

A new movie brings us the inspiring story of a slave turned freedom fighter with roots in Bucks County.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -

A new movie brings us the inspiring story of a slave turned freedom fighter with roots in Bucks County. But the movie almost didn't see the light of day.

However, for Doylestown Bucks County native Thomas Phillips, the story of slavery, is the realization of an 8 year dream.

"Couldn't be more proud of how it turned out," Phillips said.

Shot solely in Bucks County, Phillips first ever feature film The North Star, tells the true story of Big Ben Jones and his journey from slavery in Virginia to freedom in Bucks County.

Football fans may find a familiar face. Former Philadelphia Eagle Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter played the staring role.

"It's not about slavery more about freedom and people who helped them get to freedom," Phillips said.

The movie was partially shot at Broadway legend Oscar Hammerstein's Doylestown home. A surreal experience for Phillips, who turned Hammerstein's barn, once home to an elephant, into a pre-Civil War setting.

The film's premiere in Newtown and Doyelstown had its own share of real life drama. The day of the debut a Judge dismissed a pending lawsuit between the movie's producers that could have derailed the film from being shown.

However hillip's longtime dream is now being played out on screen.