|On Tuesday October 29th, TheBlaze TV will hold a special one-night showing of The Man in the Moon, Glenn Beck’s 2013 summer event. For months, only those who experienced the event live in Salt Lake City know the story of the Man in the Moon. But now, people all across the country have the opportunity to see the incredible story and witness the first production from The American Dream Labs as they seek to bring stories of hope and good back to American culture.|
The hopeful story of man’s struggle with darkness and his eventual miraculous triumph, as seen by the man in the moon.
On July 28th, 2012, thousands gathered in Dallas, TX for Restoring Love, Glenn’s inspiration summer event that mixed music, spoken word, and film to create a new kind of live event experience. And while Glenn was delivering his message to those who gathered from across the country, he was also conceiving his 2013 summer event: The Man in the Moon.
During the event, Glenn jotted down some notes in his journal. The moon. The outdoors. The Mountain West. American history. Independence.
To the outside observer it seems like gibberish, but to Glenn and those around him the meaning was (somewhat) clearer: next summer’s event was beginning before Restoring Love had even had it’s curtain call. And it would be dramatically different than anything Glenn had ever done before.
Anyone who spends time around Glenn knows that politics aren’t his passion as much as he loves the idea of storytelling.
“This is what I was born to do,” Glenn said in an interview on TheBlaze Radio Network. “I believe in what I’m saying – (the country is) in trouble. But this is what I love.”
“The ballot box is the last stop. The first stop is the culture and teaching them to our kids and teaching them to understand the story. If you get them to understand the story then their whole life will be set. My job I think is to tell the story in such a way that it sears it across their heart and it becomes again a truth that they will find self-evident. So when they need to go back to the well it will be there.”
It was at Restoring Love that Glenn first met Ben McPherson, a Salt Lake City-based fine arts painter and filmmaker. Glenn was impressed with his work and asked him to help create some short video pieces that aired during commercial breaks for TheBlaze. Soon, however, Glenn brought Ben into the Man in the Moon production and quickly placed him in charge of the full creative production of the show.
For more on Ben McPherson, listen to the below interview with Glenn and Ben from TheBlaze Radio Man in the Moon pre-show:
|“He’s doing this in a way that’s almost savant selective,” Ben joked on TheBlaze TV. “He’s like ‘I really feel good about you. I have a great feeling about you. You should come work for me.’”The two quickly became creatively in sync, and many who had known Glenn for years were surprised to see how well Ben was able to execute some of Glenn’s big creative ideas.
“If I were the man in the moon, what would I think about where we were and where we were going…”
When Glenn first started conceiving Man in the Moon, he was on a mission to reclaim Fourth of July from the empty evening of hot dogs and fireworks had become and make people celebrate the things that really made America great and unique in the world.
“The whole idea of Independence Week and getting away from the Fourth of July is we have to find what we’re really about. What made America great? If we’re going to save our country we have to stop making Fourth of July about fireworks and hotdogs and waterskiing or camping and start making it about true principles, the eternal principles. As our Founder’s said them: the truth about nature’s God and nature’s laws and those things we used to, at least, find self-evident,” Glenn said.
|“That’s what we tried to boil it down to and if you boil down everything our Founder’s did it boiled down to one thing and that’s God.” Alongside Ben and American Dream Labs Storyteller Mark Mabry, Glenn set out to tell the great American story, one of good and evil, light and dark, and above all hope.
Combining film, music, and live performance, the story of The Man in the Moon takes place throughout all of recorded history, beginning quite literally “in the beginning” with the Book of Genesis and going all the way to modern America. In between the story touches on The Tower of Babel, Noah’s Ark, the Enlightenment, the Pilgrims, and World War 2.
It was the climatic final moments when man made their journey to the moon that gave Glenn and the rest of the team the most difficulty. He had been struggling for weeks on how to end the show, knowing that those final fifteen minutes would shape the way the audience remembered the show forever.
|Just days before the production deadline, Glenn was still trying to come up with the perfect ending. Ben and Mark gave their suggestions, but nothing worked. It was something that Glenn would have to figure out for himself. Then one night, Glenn woke as the ending crystalized in his head, and Glenn fervently wrote it all from scratch.
“The last ten minutes I wrote from scratch in the middle of the night. That was a real spiritual experience,” Glenn said. “The moon is old, millions of years old and he’s grown wise.”
The final words of the show, spoken by The Man in the Moon, really encapsulate the message of the show and speak to mankind’s true potential.
“The last eleven minutes is when I really want to watch the audience,” Glenn said. “We’ll know if we hit a homerun in the last eleven minutes. I think you have to really love the moon and man in the first eleven minutes, you have to feel the pain at Noah, and again feel the shame and the pain at Lincoln. If you get there then by the last fifteen minutes when we hit man going to the moon in the 1960s, the awe and the wonderment in the last quarter-hour is truly remarkable.”
“If you let yourself go like a kid you can hardly keep from weeping,” Ben added.
The Music and Production
|Emmy Award winning composer Sam Cardon did the score for The Man in the Moon. Glenn was inspired by the Danny Elfman’s work on the Tim Burton films, as well as the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which had a very bluegrass vibe to it. Nick Daley, who did sound design for the show, said that Cardon was really confused when they first told him the idea of doing mountain bluegrass for the music because it doesn’t seem to match up with the epic scope of the show.
“There’s imagery of space and the evolution of mankind, everything through the Civil War, shots of Lincoln and Tesla. You just think big cinematic film score or electronic or something like that when you think of these types of images. You don’t think mountain bluegrass-y,” Daley said. “It takes the show in a whole different direction, but really cool.”
While Daley focused on the sound design for the show, he was blown away by all of the elements of the production.
“It’s just sheer visual, auditory overload for the audience – in a good way. They’re really going to be immersed in this show and feel like they are part of the experience, not just a spectator.”
On Tuesday October 29th, audiences will be able to experience The Man in the Moon for the first time from home with a special one night only broadcast on TheBlaze TV.
“I think this is just the beginning,” Glenn said, explaining that he hoped to do more with The Man in the Moon, both with the current production and future shows that feature the character which the American Dream Labs spent a year developing.
The night before the performance of The Man in the Moon in Salt Lake City, Glenn was already meeting with the American Dream Labs and outlining the story for a future production. Ben and Mark are also working alongside other members of Glenn’s team on new projects ranging from publishing, television, and film.
“The American Dream Labs are just getting started, and that’s what I love about it. It’s a collection of dreamers that believe in something, are good to each other, try really hard to do the right thing,” Glenn explained. “But more importantly if we keep that focus, we will change the culture. We will change the culture.”
Watch The Man in the Moon Tuesday October 29th at 8pm ET on TheBlaze TV.