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The Leelanau Community Cultural Center and 8180 Films are proud to present the Michigan Film Premiere of BEYOND GLORY. Two screenings of the film will take place at the Old Art Building on Friday, November 6 at 6:30 pm & Saturday, November 7 at 1 pm. Tickets for the film are $15 adults / $5 Students and are available at mynorthtickets.com or by calling 213-256-2131. Stephen Lang and book author Larry Smith will be in Leland for the event and participate in a Q&A following each screening.
BEYOND GLORY is a feature length documentary, produced by local filmmakers Ross Satterwhite, Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter (8180 Films), and tells the story of award-winning actor Stephen Lang’s yearlong journey of 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 Viet Nam, 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.
Stephen Lang is an award-winning actor known for his work on TV, film and stage. His many films include LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, TOMBSTONE, GODS AND GENERALS, GETTYSBURG, PUBLIC ENEMIES, WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, CHRISTINA, and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. He will also be reprising his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch from James Cameron’s AVATAR in the three upcoming sequels. He received the NEA Chairman’s Medal for Distinguished Service for bringing BEYOND GLORY to American troops around the globe, as well as the Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his portrayal of American fighting men.
The play was written by Lang and is based on the book “Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in theirown Words” by Larry Smith. This New York Times best-selling account of battlefield courage celebrates the larger-than-life sacrifices of those awarded the nation’s highest honor for valor in combat. Exclusive interviews with these twenty-four men―firsthand accounts of battlefield sacrifice from the greatest generation to Viet Nam, along with before-and-after stories―form the core of this classic work. A book signing with Smith is scheduled at the Leland Township Public Library on Saturday morning, November 7, at 10:00 am.
This Old Art Building event, just days before Veterans Day on November 11, will be a fitting tribute to veterans of all ages. It is made possible with the generous support of the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation, Patricia Zigarmi, the Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Foundation, The Riverside Inn Leland and the Leelanau Community Cultural Center.