400 volunteers from the homeschooling community helped Burns Family Studios to create the film which had a $4 million budget and stars John Rhys-Davis (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Charles Kemp, Andrew Cheney as William Reynolds, and Kara Killmer (Chicago Fire) as Charlotte Holloway.
About Chad Burns
Chad Burns is a director and actor, known for Pendragon: Sword of His Father (2008) and Beyond the Mask (2015). He has been married to Angela Burns since August 20, 2011.
Chad Burns graduated with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2011. His research investigated human interaction with remote vehicles and focused on understanding how to design better human-like receding-horizon-control navigation algorithms.
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The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds has just been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he’s never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte—as well as Ben Franklin—while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions. Coming to theaters Spring, 2015, BEYOND THE MASK is a revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ.
The First Ever Faith-Based Adventure/Family Film
Alongside box-office giants such as Frozen, The Lego Movie and Harry Potter, BEYOND THE MASK is the first Christ-centered film in the family-adventure genre–for the past 30 years, the second most popular movie category in North America. From 1995 to 2013, the family-adventure box office was $42.33 billion. (Source: Statista.com).
Christian Filmmaking 2.0
In 2014 Hollywood broke the mold as its self-proclaimed “Year of the Bible,” proved 1) the faith market’s viability and 2) the growing range in “faith” films. Now BEYOND THE MASK combines action, history, fiction, adventure, family, romance, war, and high-end special effects to deliver top production and solid, gospel- centered theology.
Homeschool Filmmakers, Family Studio
Chad and Aaron Burns, a family production team, are Michigan born, homeschool raised and turning out top art.
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