Gus Shepard is a former jet pilot and had aspirations to become an astronaut. When his son Wally was born, he couldn’t commit his time to finish his tests at NASA and had to find work in his home town. He took in engineer background and opened up an auto repair shop.

Thirty years has gone by and Gus has never lost his love for space, he shows this by designing his shop to be more about space and rockets than cars or motorcycles. His son Wally has just found out that he and his girlfriend are expecting a baby and he doesn't feel like he is ready to be a father but with Gus’ guidance, he hopes to learn.

  • Roberto Mantica
  • Jack Klink
    Director of Photography
    Continuance, Lapse, Insania
  • Mallory Gieringer
    Assistant Director
    Continuance, Lapse, Insania, Mushroom Clouds
  • Tracy Rosa
    Key Cast
  • Roberto Mantica
    Key Cast
    Continuance, Lapse
  • Basie Monik
    Key Cast
  • Jessica Koloian
    Key Cast
  • Jack Klink
  • Roberto Mantica
  • Tyler Irvin
    2nd A.D.
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C100 mark II
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • NASA Cinespace

    United States
Director Biography - Roberto Mantica

Roberto Mantica is an actor, writer and director based in Chicago. Mantica’s passion for acting started back in high school when he was swooped into Speech Team and later found himself on stage. Mantica’s charismatic presence, and natural aptitude for performance led to him participating in competitive theater, and eventually becoming an International Thespian Officer. Mantica’s responsibilities included traveling to schools across Indiana and surrounding states instructing & teaching fellow peers through workshops how to excel in theater. After competitive theater Mantica came to Purdue for college where he began acting for film and performed in various short films. His experiences solidified his passion for acting on camera and his desire to pursue a career in film led him to Chicago where he is signed with Big Mouth Talent and is now actively appearing in commercial and television work.

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Director Statement

In writing 'Beyond,' it was my goal to tell a story about many of the life lessons and wisdom that my father instilled in me. I wanted to address our own mortality, and the limited time we are given. Life isn't just about the big picture, for me, it’s about really cherishing all the small steps it takes to get to where we are. From ‘Beyond,’ I hope others glean an appreciation for what they have while they have it, because we never know when it could go away.