SOLOMON NORTHUP DAY CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY ON JULY 20, 2013.
SARATOGA SPRINGS EVENT MARKS 160 YEARS SINCE NORTHUP’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO FREEDOM.
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR UPCOMING FILM, DIRECTED BY STEVE MCQUEEN
AND STARRING CHIWETEL EJIOFOR AS SOLOMON NORTHUP
Acclaimed director Steve McQueen brings one of this fall’s most exciting acting ensembles together in 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, based on his own memoirs. Chiwetel Ejiofor is Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. Ejiofor is joined by Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp in the film, which will be released by
Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 18, 2013 in select theaters.
This is the first look at footage from the anticipated film, which celebrates Northup’s remarkable journey from free man to slave, and back to freedom. SOLOMON NORTHUP DAY was established in 1999 to keep Solomon’s story and legacy alive as a historical and educational event honoring Solomon, his ancestors, and his descendants. This year his descendants will present new historic information and his great-great-great grand-daughter will perform a violin selection in his honor.
In addition, a special sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming film, as well as the trailer, will be screened for Northup’s descendants and guests of the celebration. SOLOMON NORTHUP DAY will be held on July 20, 2013 at Skidmore College in Filene Hall in Saratoga Springs, NY from 12pm until 4pm. The event is open to the public.