My husband and I went to see this movie opening weekend and really enjoyed it. It was especially fun for us too, knowing that the producers had been homeschooled. After 16+ years homeschooling my two sons, I can remember when they worked on making movies too. This is a great family film, full of faith, romance and action. I highly recommend it.
Here's some great info about the movie and its producers. You don't want to miss it.
UPSTART FAITH FILM ‘BEYOND THE MASK’ SURPRISES AT 1ST WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Homeschooled Filmmakers Go From Kickstarter to
100-City Theatrical Premiere With Groundbreaking New Movie
LOS ANGELES – June 10, 2015 – The swashbuckling family, action-adventure film BEYOND THE MASK—with CGI and green-screen effects unprecedented for the faith genre—scored with fans and at the box office in its theatrical debut this weekend.
Fans on Rotten Tomatoes awarded BEYOND THE MASK a 94 percent approval rating—the second-highest for films opening on the June 5 weekend. Combined with record-breaking on-demand sales, the film’s box office topped $1 million.
“BEYOND THE MASK is a big favorite with family audiences,” Director Chad Burns said. “The 100-city theatrical opening took it wider, more audiences responded, and we’re loving the response.”
From Burns Family Studios and Freestyle Releasing, BEYOND THE MASK is a rousing, epic, historical drama that reviewers called “stunning” and “groundbreaking.”
“Go watch this great movie,” one Variety reader commented. The next comment: “Director great
. . . story great and full of surprises. MUST SEE.”
“A wonderfully balanced mixture of Zorro-esque action/adventure, Jane Austen romance, with a James Bond-inspired villain set in the familiar and resonant pages of our own American history,” Caleb T. Carrol wrote on Fandango.
BEYOND THE MASK brings history to life with the story of Will Reynolds, leading mercenary for the British East India Company. Will has been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American colonies. To redeem his name and win back the woman with whom he's never been fully truthful, Will takes on a new mask to thwart his former employer. As his past closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte—as well as Ben Franklin—as he races time to defuse a plot of historical proportions. The revolutionary BEYOND THE MASK is a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty and the true freedom found only in Christ.
Critical praise for BEYOND THE MASK:
“Stunning special effects.” Christian Post
"On the same stage as NATIONAL TREASURE and ZORRO.” Plugged In
“Simply put—Amazing!” MoviePilot.com
“A groundbreaking, fast-paced action adventure with computer-generated images rivaling anything out of Hollywood.” The Baptist Press
Besides the 100-city debut, BEYOND THE MASK is available in other locations in theaters on demand. The film initially opened in April on Gathr’s on-demand platform at a record-setting 440-plus theaters nationwide.
“If BEYOND THE MASK isn’t in your city, just reserve a theater through Gathr and bring it,” Producer Aaron Burns said. “Everything a fan needs to see the movie in a local theater is on our website at BeyondtheMaskMovie.com.”
The story-behind-the-story of BEYOND THE MASK is another compelling tale. Aaron and Chad Burns are homeschooled cousins who began making films with family members for fun and school projects. Early efforts morphed into Burns Family Studios, creators of PENDRAGON, an action-adventure film that won awards and played nationally.
Starting the process for BEYOND THE MASK four years ago with a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Burns cousins marshaled an army of volunteers and movie professionals to shoot the film in 2012-13. They even attracted international star John Rhys-Davies of The Lord of the Ring series to the project.
The on-demand release posted record box office results for the Gathr platform. In the two weeks following the opening, it managed a box-office-leading per screen sales average for the Monday-Wednesday time frame. That strong on-demand opening then paved the way for the full theatrical release.
BEYOND THE MASK is from Director Chad Burns and Producer Aaron Burns, with a script co-written by Stephen Kendrick (COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF) and Paul McCusker (Adventures in Odyssey). It stars Andrew Cheney (SEASONS OF GRAY) and Kara Killmer (Chicago Fire) and John Rhys-Davies (RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS).
For interviews, contact: Michael Conrad Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com 214-616-0320
For more information, visit: BeyondtheMaskMovie.com
For press material, visit: Lovell-Fairchild.com
About Burns Family Studios
Burns Family Studios happened when families with a passion for creative storytelling aimed to share the joy of Christ. Its first feature film, PENDRAGON: SWORD OF HIS FATHER, a historic epic, was set in the Dark Ages of Britain. Since its 2008 debut, PENDRAGON has been recognized at 15 film festivals, purchased by the world’s largest Christian TV network, distributed across North America and dubbed by foreign distributors into Spanish, German and Portuguese.
Jodie again.... Show your support by watching this in the theaters and let Hollywood know how much Christian films are needed and appreciated.