Beyond Glory is a feature length documentary that tells the story of famed actor Stephen Lang’s yearlong journey in the evolution, process, and response to his award-winning, one-man play “Beyond Glory.”
In the film, Lang portrays eight men who received the highest U.S. military accolade, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Using first person accounts, Lang embodies each man, as he tells their stories with power, compassion, and a note of healing humor. From War II, Korea, and Vietnam, the men represent a racially mixed cross-section of America – both urban and rural – from California to New Jersey, from Arkansas to Montana, from Texas to Hawaii.
Starting with Lang’s interactions with frontline troops in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, Beyond Glory follows Lang as he performs in the war zone, in theatres across the Heartland and at the Flea Theater in New York City. Combining the intimacy of live performance with visual effects only available in the cinematic realm, the film gives the audience the experience of watching a unique, multi-layered theatrical event from the best seat in the house.
Beyond Glory is both a tribute and a celebration, as it explores the nature of heroism; and the concepts of solidarity, courage, fortitude, faith and humility. Lang believes that this is the most personal work of his career: “Our film offers a common ground where we can meet, witness, and experience together.”
Larry Brand – Director
Larry Brand Director/Editor of Beyond Glory Larry Brand’s first job in the film industry was as driver and production assistant to the legendary Orson Welles. Following his first feature film, the psychological thriller, Backfire (co-written with 8180 Films co-founder Rebecca Reynolds), he went on to write, direct, and co-star in The Drifter, Masque of the Red Death, and Overexposed for indie producer Roger Corman.
Over the past two-and-a-half decades, with budgets ranging from $15 thousand to $15 million, his films have included award-winning independents and wide release studio productions. In 2002, Halloween: Resurrection went on to become the second most profitable sequel in the franchise’s history. 2010’s Christina, written and directed by Brand, won major awards on the film festival circuit, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Nicki Aycox), Best Actor (Stephen Lang), Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Acting (Lang) and Outstanding Achievement in Writing. The Coexist Comedy Tour (directed and edited by Brand) is 2013’s recipient of Best Documentary Feature at NewYork’sVisionfest.
A Perfect Man, directed by Kees Van Oostrum from a script by Brand and Peter Elkoff, starring Liev Schreiber, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher, was released theatrically in November, 2013, and 8180’s The Girl on the Train, written and directed by Brand, starring Henry Ian Cusick, Nicki Aycox, and Stephen Lang, won Best Screenplay at the prestigious Napa Valley Film Festival, and was released in theaters in July, 2014.
Beyond Glory is scheduled for a summer 2016 release, and is executive produced by James Cameron (Avatar) and Jon Landau (Titanic). It is the third collaboration between Brand, Lang, and 8180 Films.