Although it didn't crack the top 10 in its opening weekend, 12 Years a Slave earned over $923,000 from just 19 theaters, with an impressive $48,617 per-screen average. Before the heralded drama expands into more theaters on October 25, Fox Searchlight Pictures released a featurette that centers on director Steve McQueen's vision for the film. Producers Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Bill Pohlad and cast members Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and many more discuss working with this visionary filmmaker, along with behind-the-scenes footage.
12 Years a Slave is based on an incredible 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. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.