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Beyond Glory: A ‘Must See’ for Military-Genre Film Buffs

Beyond Glory, most recently a performance documentary that’s sweeping the war and military film genres, is finding its place in the hearts of many veterans, history buffs, and war film enthusiasts all over the nation.

The film Beyond Glory was produced by an independent film production company in northern Michigan known as 8180 Films. The film was directed by Larry Brand along with lead actor Stephen Lang. Together, Beyond Glory was made possible by 8180′s film production team composed of other founding partners, Jim Carpenter and Rebecca Reynolds.beyond glory film

The film was adopted from the popular play Beyond Glory which has been in existence since 2004. Narrating the film is Gary Sinise, a popular actor and war film enthusiast, who tells the personal stories of eight war veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

The Background Behind Beyond Glory

The initial play, in which Stephen Lang was highly involved, was adopted from a book called Beyond Glory which was written by author Larry Smith. The production of the heroic film was brought about by the thrilling theatrical play by Lang and his co-stars as well as the book. Author Larry Smith describes his book as an inspiration and proof to the courage of the eight American war heroes through their voices.

Before the play was adapted into a compelling film, Lang performed the play in civilian playhouses and military bases. The eight war veterans received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor which they recount that this was brought about by their act of valor.

Bringing Beyond Glory to Life

The film recognizes the eight war veterans for their sacrifice they made for their country. This is shown clearly by Stephen Lang’s role in the film (who is also known for his role in popular movie Avatar.)

Lang’s part in the film Beyond Glory was brought about by his central role in the play which he performed theatrical performances involving the book as tribute to fallen soldiers. Stephen Lang plays the role of each of the eight war veterans and he brings-out their personalities in a very captivating way. He is able to resurface their personality, emotion, voice and mannerism with passion and perfection.

The film has gained a lot of recognition in the film community as well as mainstream media. The film is set to be screened at many film festivals in the U.S., with the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. the soonest screening on May 28th. This in itself is a great achievement since the film was produced by an independent film company with a limited budget.

For more information about the film Beyond Glory, visit 8180Films.com.

5 Awesome Indie Films for Action & Suspense Seekers

If you’re drawn to indie films that offer edge-of-your-seat action and suspense, then this article is for you. Below we feature five awesome independent films that have made a pronounced statement in 2015.

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1. Spectre (2015)

Spectre stars Daniel Craig (as James Bond). It combines intense action with suspense brought by ghosts of Bond’s past to keep viewers glued to the screen. Bond receives a coded message from his past. This message directs him on a journey to reveal a secret creepy organization.

As M struggles to hold the secret service together, Bond exposes all sorts of deception and brings out the true colors of Spectre. This film runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes and is directed by Sam Mendes. Released in November 2015, Spectre is one of the best indie films.

2. Beyond Glory (2015)

Beyond Glory is a one-man show where Stephen Lang stages stories of eight veterans from World War II, Vietnam and Korea among other battles. The eight veterans bring their bravery stories that led to them to receiving the Medal of Honor, which is the highest award in the militar.

Beyond Glory the film is a tribute to fallen soldiers and to this end, it was performed in military bases. Hawaii senator, Daniel Inouye, who is a Medal of Honor recipient is seen in attendance. Created by Michigan-based indie film production company, 8180 Films, Beyond Glory is based on the book by Larry Smith. This is one of the most well-portrayed indie films that you watch time and time again.

3. ’71 (2015)

Though Jack O’Connell hit the headlines when he starred in Unbroken (directed by Angeline Jolie), it is his role in this international independent movie ’71 that calls for applause. The film is set in the days of Troubles in Northern Ireland. O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a British soldier, who is separated from his unit after riots.

He struggles to leave the streets of Belfast and find safety but the line between friends and enemies is quickly thinning. The pinnacle of the movie is when Hook is left alone. The film ’71 depicts the political situation in the area. With such great movies, O’Connell career is headed to the top of the ladder.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

This is one indie film that bring innovation into your screen. Max is the star of the movie but the movie is barely about him. Mad Max: Fury Road tops as the most independent spirited movie released in 2015. This action movie comes with an unseen twist where it sparks great conversations on feminism.

Mad Max: Fury Road has also managed to stir up topics such as injustice, male-chauvinism, objectification and slavery. If you do not enjoy the conversations, you can enjoy the rush in flame-throwing, fast cars and the great visuals.

5. In A Valley Of Violence (2015)

In A Valley Of Violence is one of those action indie films that will always interest horror fans. It happens when horror filmmakers such as Ti West are involved. Ethan Hawke who plays Paul arrives in a small town seeking revenge on a couple of thugs who murdered his friend.

In this revenge journey, he is helped by two sisters (Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan). John Travolta also plays a role in the indie film In A Valley Of Violence as he features as the town’s Marshal. He comes in as a ruthless Marshal. It is one of the movies where Ti West majored on suspense.