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"Freedom Riders" premiered on American Experience on May 16, 2011..

Tom Phillips scored the American Experience film "Freedom Riders" for producer Stanley Nelson. The 2 hour documentary incorporated a number of OBT Music cues which were then customized, and the rest of the score was originally composed. The film was accepted into the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it premiered and played to packed houses while garnering top shelf reviews. It has since screened nationally in theaters and many film festivals. It aired on PBS' American Experience on May 16,2011, the 50th anniversary of the actual event of the Freedom Riders. The film is about the bus trips into the deep South in 1961 by a courageous core of Black and White men and women whose objective was to test the integration laws that supposedly did away with the Jim Crow era. The film chronicles the violence that unfortunately awaited them along the way. The score produced a number of pieces that are now included in the OBT Music library.