June 24--A new Indie film featuring a Culpeper actor is screening closer to home.
"The North Star," a historic movie of African American heritage filmed last year in Pennsylvania, shows Friday night, June 28, at The Burke Theatre in Washington, D.C. They're billing it as a "Black Carpet Screening."
Brian Strecker, a downtown Culpeper resident, plays Jeremiah Daniels, a Quaker shopkeeper, in the film that tells the true story of an escaped Virginia slave who fled the plantation for Pa. well before the Civil War and Emancipation.
The movie thus far has screened only in limited release and the D.C. showing is the closest to Culpeper yet. Strecker is hoping it will eventually show in his hometown, perhaps at the newly opened State Theatre.
"The North Star" stars former Washington Redskins linebacker Jeremiah Trotter as Big Ben Jones, a slave in the 1840s who fled the Old Dominion heading north were Quakers helped him to freedom.
Strecker attended a red carpet event for the movie last month in Pennsylvania. He said it was quite the experience with all the showings completely sold out.
"I was somewhat overwhelmed by the number of people who approached me to speak about their impressions of the scenes I was in, and how the character I played affected them. Any actor hopes to connect with people through his work, so I was very happy to learn I have done that," Strecker said.
An academic advisor by day, the Culpeper man acted for years in industrial films and on stage before laying down his talent for 13 years. At a friend's encouragement, he auditioned for "The North Star" and earned a speaking part. Just like that, the acting bug bit him again and he's enjoyed every minute of it attending events and meeting new people out-of-town, making connections and wondering what is next.
Still, Strecker would like to see "The North Star" screen in Culpeper. He encouraged local residents to visit "The North Star" facebook page to express interest in a downtown showing.
Friday's show in D.C., sponsored by Thomas Bartley, Jr. and DC Black Theatre Festival, starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $20. Bartley plays Mose Hopkins in the movie.
Want to see it?
"The North Star," featuring Culpeper actor Brian Strecker screens June 28 at 8 p.m. at The Burke Theatre @ The Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. Advance tickets are $20. Black carpet at 7 p.m. Check out thenorthstardc.eventbrite.com for information. Visit "The North Star" facebook page to express interest in a Culpeper screening of the historic movie about African-American heritage.
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