Lady Valour: The Kristin Beck Story (2014)


Former US Navy SEAL Christopher Beck – on a new mission as Kristin Beck – saw the Us she stood up for gain new meaning.


In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former US Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group – what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon. But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.

This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

Find out more at the official website.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
  • Director(s):
    • Mark Herzog.
    • Sandrine Orabona.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ashlee Cohen … line producer.
    • Christopher G. Cowen … producer.
    • Lisa Davidson … executive producer.
    • Amy Entelis … executive producer.
    • Matthew I. Goldberg … co-executive producer (as Matt Goldberg).
    • Mark Herzog … producer.
    • Travis Lively … executive producer.
    • Chris Luke … executive producer.
    • Vinnie Malhotra … executive producer.
    • Sandrine Orabona … co-producer.
    • Ryan Rothmaier … co-producer.
    • Courtney Sexton … supervising producer.
    • Anne Speckhard … co-executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Jen White.
  • Editor(s):
    • Ryan Rothmaier.
  • Production:
    • Herzog & Company.
    • Easy Day Media.
  • Distributor(s):
    • CNN Films (2014) (USA) (all media).
  • Release Date: 2014 (South by Southwest Film Festival, US) and 27 June 2014 (Frameline Film Festival, US).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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