the Best Screenplay award at the prestigious Buffalo Niagara
Film Festival in 2009, NORTH STAR: THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS tells the gripping, inspirational
story of a boy born into slavery, his escape from bondage and his amazing
life as a writer, orator, abolitionist, statesman and the greatest civil
rights leader of the 19th century in America. The script was optioned December 2014 and as of February 2016, is being packaged for production.
Now titled DOUGLASS: The North Star, it is the first feature-length
action-adventure film to capture Douglass' exciting evolution
from a slave hut in Maryland to international acclaim as an
orator and an outspoken ambassador for equality and human rights.
Even after his days as a fugitive slave were over, Douglass
remained an ideological fugitive with brash, insightful speeches
and articles in The North Star, and later, in The Frederick
Douglass Papers. A target of hatred for some, he was loved
by others, and his torrid interracial affairs cast him as one
of the most controversial heroes of the day.
as an outspoken anti-slavery advocate, Douglass is widely dismissed
in many discussions of great American civil rights leaders.
Without Frederick Douglass, there would have been no Martin
Luther King, Jr.; no Jackie Robinson; no Oprah Winfrey and
no Barack Obama. In his day, Douglass shined a light so bright
on the evil in America that espoused slavery and violence against
millions of Americans, including blacks and women, who were
never given a chance to vote. He made the world recognize
folly of the young democracy and brought it to one knee, in
shame, before the world court of opinion.
WXXI Radio Interview with Kerry Gleason
(Morning Edition with Beth Adams, February 22, 2016)
Television Interview with Kerry Gleason
(WROC-TV8 Rochester, N.Y. January 2016)
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writer/producer Kerry Gleason
African-American editor for a U.S. National publication
First African-American publisher for a national newspaper in the U.S.
African-American invited to a Presidential Inaugural Ball
African-American granted a press pass for the U.S. Senate
African-American appointed by a president to a government
African-American appointed as Ambassador to a foreign country,
African-American bank president
African-American candidate for Vice President
insisted, and won the battle for his hometown, Rochester,
N.Y., to have the first racially integrated school system
in the country
insisted, and won the battle for the leading steamship
line of the day to provide equal cabin berths for men and
women of color as afforded to white passengers
insisted and helped win the right for all men who were legal citizens
of the United States to be afforded the opportunity to
vote, regardless of color
It wasn't so much that Frederick Douglass achieved
these milestones. It was how he did so.
Frederick Douglass, from slavery to statesman, is one of the most
inspirational characters in human history. This film, written and
produced by award-winning journalist and writer Kerry Gleason,
is intended to inspire people's hearts and encourage peaceful discussion among races and genders to promote a better society.