Beyond This Place, a film by Director Kaleo La Belle with an original score by Sufjan Stevens and Raymond Raposa, is now available for purchase or rent on
iTunes and Amazon.

Beyond This Place, a film by Director Kaleo La Belle with an original score by Sufjan Stevens and Raymond Raposa (Castanets / Raymond Byron & the White Freighter), is now available for purchase or rent on iTunes and Amazon.

Cloud Rock La Belle has been stoned for the last 40 years. Psychedelic drugs and absolute freedom are, for him, religious beliefs. Long estranged from his son Kaleo, the two men reconnect for a grueling 500-mile bike tour across the Pacific Northwest. A new father himself, Kaleo is eager to move past his feelings of resentment, forgive his father, and come to understand the innate love that exists between father and son. In a confrontation of the past, these two men struggle to forge a future. Can they see beyond their polar-opposite values and philosophies? Can a son forgive a father who’s not asking for forgiveness? Beyond This Place is a complex and emotionally dense film about family, forgiveness, and the arduous task of moving forward.

In addition to its festival and theatrical release, Beyond This Place was screened at Brooklyn’s BAM Opera House as part of BAM’s 150th anniversary celebration, with the original score performed live by Sufjan Stevens and Ray Raposa.

“… an alternative lifestyle is explored with an intimacy both uncomfortable and compelling as a filmmaker son, abandoned by his father in a Hawaiian commune, confronts the cheerfully unrepentant hippie more than three decades later in an attempt to move “Beyond This Place.”

Whatever audience expectations are of a documentary about dysfunctional families, only a few manage to confound them. Capturing the Friedmans and Grey Gardens spring to mind. Kaleo La Belle’s film seems certain to join this group.


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