Gravitas Ventures has acquired the exclusive North American to the action drama The Way, directed, written and produced by award-winning filmmaker Dastan Khalili of Alliance of Light Films.
A festival favorite, The Way recently was awarded best Feature and Best Director Awards at the Accolades international global film competition and the best producing prize at the Hollywood Golden Age Film Festival. The film was filmed during the pandemic under strict protocols and reported no incidences of Covid -19.
The Way is the story of Jane Arcs (Eli Jane), who thirteen years ago was condemned to death after brutally killing her opponent in an underground street fight. Now, in just 24 hours, Jane will be executed for her crime.
During her years on Death Row, Jane has undergone a major evolution under the tutelage of a fellow inmate and Qi Gong Master Xin (Joan Wong/ the niece of Kung-Fu Master Wong Jack Man, who was best known for his controversial duel with Bruce Lee in 1964), learning the way of Qi Gong and ostensibly gaining supernatural abilities. As the day of her execution arrives, Jane embraces her punishment in the spirit of transformation.
Max Stone (Kelcey Watson), Jane’s boyfriend as well as a correctional officer and part of the execution tie-down team, has very different ideas. He is willing to do anything to save Jane. Will he kill others to save her life? Or will Jane help him to see the light and to let her go? The story climaxes as the essence of spirit collides with the raw power of desire, ultimately bring the audience full circle in seeing how both are essential to being human. Watch the trailer below:
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And there’s a poster:
“My vision for the film was to integrate emerging masculine and feminine models into my storytelling and I feel I have accomplished this in The Way,” comments the Iranian-born Khalili. “The film features a powerful female lead and a cast that is multi-racial and multicultural, mirroring humanity. The spiritual journeys of the main characters are vital to the storyline, affecting their choices and paths to achieving ultimate redemption.”
The film’s producers are Chris Smith, Jon Brewer, and Eli Jane. It’s Executive producers are Andrea Brook, Sheefteh Khalili and Reza Moosavi, with cinematography by Yvgeniy Zhuk and music by Reza Safinia.
The film will be available via streaming platforms and on-demand on cable and satellite networks beginning early 2022. The deal was negotiated by Khalili and Megan Huggins, on behalf of Gravitas Ventures