â??Beyond the Mask,â? set in Revolutionary America, is an action packed story of intrigue and redemption.
The movie trailer promises explosions, tension filled encounters between British Soldiers and Revolutionary Patriots ÂÂ and a hint of romance. But at its core the movie is about spiritual redemption and the Christian faith.
â??It is a family film,â? said director and coÂ producer Chad Burns.
Perhaps as interesting as the plot itself, the redemption of a British assassin in America, is the making and distribution of the movie to area theatres. Gathr.com is the distributor. According to the company website, distribution is based on need. If a theatre sells enough tickets in advance the film is shown. If not then it is not. More than a thousand theatres are expected to open with the film April 6.
At the writing of this article, 136 tickets had been sold for Culpeper ensuring the April 6, 7:30p.m. screening at the Culpeper Stadium Four Theatre on Main Street. Tickets are still for sale and can be purchased online at beyondthemaskmovie.com.
The independent distribution system has taken Hollywood by surprise, the most notable example of this type of distribution being â??The Passion of the Christâ? which relied heavily on distribution outside regular movie distribution routes.
Nina May, a Rappahannock resident, and associateÂ-producer of the film, is the â??Theatre Captainâ? for the screening in Culpeper.
She said Burns approached her four years ago about supporting the film. â??We really liked it,â? she said and agreed to get involved.
The film distribution company, Gathr.com, is new but she said they were easy to work with and â??itâ??s kinda neat to have a local PR formulaâ? like the one used by Gathr,â? May said.
She said she enjoyed working on a film that did not embarrass viewers as many Hollywood productions do today.
â??We need to support these films if we want to see more,â? she said of Beyond the Mask and other films produced by the Burns Brothers Studio. Beyond the Mask. (PG)
If you would like to go:
April 6, 7:30, Culpeper Stadium Four, Main Street
Purchase tickets online at beyondthemaskmovie.com. $12
Directed by Chad Burns
Screenplay by Paul McCusker (ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY) with Stephen Kendrick (COURAGEOUS) and Bren Smith
Produced by Aaron Burns (producer), Chad Burns (coÂproducer), Tracey Burns (associate producer)
Executive Producers Aaron Burns, Chad Burns, Tim Hoerr
Andrew Cheney (â??Seasons of Grayâ?)
Kara Killmer (â??Chicago Fireâ?)
John Rhys Davies (â??Raiders of the Lost Arkâ?)