Brave the Dark

Based on a true story, Brave The Dark powerfully portrays the transformation of a 1980s small-town teacher as he is drawn into the mysterious past of a student suddenly arrested outside his classroom.  Long sustained by a quiet belief that no student is a lost cause, Stan Deen (Jared Harris, Chernobyl, Mad Men)) discovers the profound and direct impact he can have on another life.  But as Stan attempts to figure out how troubled, secretive Nate (Nicholas Hamilton, Captain Fantastic, It) wound up living alone in his car, without any family, their relationship will test his deepest convictions and become a life-changing journey through doubt and betrayal towards trust and redemption.

BAFTA winner and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Harris gives an emotionally rich performance as Stan, the charismatic drama teacher whose dedication to his students transformed the rural New Holland, Pennsylvania community. Yet, Stan has never devoted himself to anything with the determination he brings to the seemingly impossible challenge of reaching Nate and restoring his belief in goodness.  Lost, angry, and haunted by fragments of frightening memories that he can’t fully understand, Nate has been dismissed by nearly everyone in the system.  It is only Stan’s unexpected kindness, and refusal to give up on him, that finally crack open Nate’s shattering, locked history—as both men find the courage to prove that no one is imprisoned by fate.  Damian Harris directs from a screenplay based on the true life of Nathaniel Deen.

Jared Haris, Photo by Joseph Gidjunis

BAFTA winner and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Jared Harris is best known for his roles as Layne Price in AMC’s award-winning television series Mad Men, King George VI in the award-winning Netflix series The Crown, and Valery Legasov in HBO’s award-winning miniseries Chernobyl. Harris’ ability to fully inhabit the characters he portrays is the key to his longevity in Hollywood. Harris is starring next as Hari Seldon in the Apple TV+ series Foundation.

Nicholas Hamiton

Nicholas Hamilton, Photo by Joseph Gidjunis

Nicholas Hamilton is best known for his roles as Rellian in the critically acclaimed independent feature Captain Fantastic and Henry Bowers box office sensations It and It: Chapter Two. Winning awards for films such as Captain Fantastic and Strangerland.

Jared Harris, Damian Harris, Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris, Damian Harris, Jared Harris, Photo by Joseph Gidjunis

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A MAKE/FILMS Original | Brave the Dark

Based on the true story of Stan Deen and Nate Deen



Brave the Dark wrapped filming in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Brave the Dark

Photo captured by Joseph Gidjunis


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