The Keeper – Co-director Angus Benfield (Kendall Bryant Jr.)

Based on a true story, THE KEEPER tells a sweeping story of US Army veteran George Eshleman, a man heavily impacted by his fellow veteran’s suicides, he decides to help raise awareness for military member suicides by hiking the entire nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. On the trek, he carries 363 name tapes from the uniforms of military members who committed suicide, given to him by their families. Along the way he is given the trail name of “The Keeper” (of the names) and finds support and comfort from fellow hikers, civilians, military and veteran hikers (Michael Maclane, Haley Babula, Andrew Ferguson, Nicholas Asad) who shadow his hike, motivate his efforts along “Hiker Universe.” Despite their support, his depression threatens to overtake his judgment as the days pass. With his darkness only a few paces from his mind as he travels the trail, George struggles to prove his mettle, conquer his depression, and focus on the mission. Co-director, Co-Producer and lead actor Angus Benfield joins us to talk about the importance of remembering those who have sacrificed and died while in and out of uniform, how he sought to honor them and the support he received from his film crew, his cast and the people he met along the Appalachian Trail, many of whom are on the trail for the same reasons he made The Keeper. 


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About the filmmaker – Angus Benfield is an Australian-born, accomplished, multi-award-winning, and incredibly versatile actor, having acted in an extensive number of roles in film as well as roles in television and theater. Angus is also an award-winning director, producer, and writer and has appeared on multiple news shows and podcasts to talk about his body of work. Angus has acted alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood including, Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts, Julia Garner, Bob Gunton, Brian Doyle-Murray, Angus Macfadyen, Doug Jones, Corbin Bernsen Brian Posehn, Kris Poloha, Cate Blanchett, Anna Chlumsky, Kathy Garver, Judy Norton, LL Cool J, Eric Christian Olsen and Chris O’Donnell. In 2023 demonstrated a broad range and versatility as an actor, starring as Pro Football Coach Stan Jacobs in STAN THE MAN, Army Veteran George Eschelan in true story THE KEEPER, DJ Connor McCloud in THE GREAT TURKEY TOWN MIRACLE, grieving father and accused murderer Jet Sanders in THE POST, as ex-cult member Ben Green in THE DEPROGRAMMER, crooked lawyer Jo Fortune in PURGATORY STATION and once successful P.R. Specialist, turned Grocery Store Manager, Jake Rush in YELLOW BIRD. Angus started off January 2024 co-starring alongside legendary American comedians Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and Brian Doyle-Murray in Christmas Comedy, THE CHRISTMAS LETTER and Angus Macfadyen, Doug Jones and Corbin Bernsen in thriller THE WEIGHT OF DARKNESS (March 2024). Films featuring Angus have been released theatrically and can be found streaming on Amazon, AppleTV, Prime, YouTubeTV, Tubi, Vimeo, Roku, PureFlix, and many other digital platforms. For more: