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12 years a slave movie premiere draws huge crowds

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Hundreds of people packed into a Woodlands theater to see the premiere of a movie that's getting critical acclaim.

That feature film is 12 Years a Slave.

The movie also has strong ties to a man in the woodlands.

Frank Eakin's mother, Dr. Sue Eakin, brought new life to the all but dead when she first read it at the age of 12 in the 1930's.

Dr. Eakin authenticated and promoted the book that chronicled the life of a free Black man, Solomon Northup, who was sold into slavery.

Decades later her son Frank Eakin turned 12 Years a Slave into an audio book.

That third coming of the story caught the attention of Hollywood.

Eakin says, "well it's a very emotional moment for me and my family. When I saw it I felt like I was going to spontaneously combust."

12 Years A Slave is currently in limited release but it can be found at some of Houston's smaller theaters.

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