Free Movie 12 Years a Slave Feb. 28

Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College's Student Art Club continues its popular Free Movie Friday series with the award-winning historical drama 12 Years a Slave on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Stage Theatre of the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and was nominated for nine Academy Awards. Director Steve McQueen received the award for best director from the New York Film Critics Circle for his work. 12 Years a Slave has been widely acclaimed for its acting, direction, screenplay, and its faithfulness to Solomon Northup's original account. It is rated R for violence, some nudity and brief sexuality.

The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive, and ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building. The Main Stage Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For more information, log on to or contact Beryl Solla, professor of art, at 434.961.5362 or