On Monday, November 8, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST, DGA director Dastan Khalili and cast Eli Jane, Joan Wong (niece of Kung-Fu master Wong Jack Man), Lorenzo Antonucci (Paradise City) will perform in an intimate fireside chat, ahead of the Nov. 12 world premiere of the action thriller The Way. RC Samo, Editor-in-Chief of Fanboy Nation, will host the free hour-long online event.
Link of the event to watch live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou16EN1gnrs
You can also rsvp HERE!
The path is the story of Jane Arcs (Eli Jane), who thirteen years ago was sentenced 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 underwent a major evolution under the tutelage of a fellow inmate and master of Qi Gong Xin (Joan Wong / the niece of Kung-Fu master Wong Jack Man, who was mostly known for his controversial duel with Bruce Lee in 1964), learning the way of Qigong and ostensibly acquiring supernatural abilities. As the day of her execution arrives, Jane embraces her punishment in a spirit of transformation. Max Stone (Kelcey Watson), Jane’s boyfriend as well as the correctional officer and part of the home enforcement team, has very different ideas. He is ready to do anything to save Jane.
The Way will have its red carpet premiere on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Music Hall Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills and will run until November 18. (Presale tickets are available now on https://lumierecinemala.com/film-the-way/) Gravitas companies has acquired the exclusive North American rights to the action drama and will launch the film on all streaming platforms in early January 2022.
Dastan Khalili is an award-winning director (2005 NYC Independent Film Festival: best feature, best director – Insomnia Manica; 2010 NYC Independent Film Festival: best feature documentary, best documentary director – Earth Turns to Gold; 2011 New York Film Festival: best environmental documentary Director – Making of A Dream). He started his career as a director in 1995 after obtaining a BA from the Theater Academy of the University of Pomona. Dastan has extensive directing experience including feature films, documentaries, educational films, music videos and theater. In a review of her feature debut, Insomnia Manica, the Los Angeles Times said, “It’s a mood piece elegantly shot amid the lost downtown LA crowd, and the intense Khalili creates a striking presence on screen. ” Another reviewer wrote: “Dastan Khalili sparkles with moments of genius in his first narrative feature. I can’t wait to see the sequel.”
Eli Jane was born in Michigan and loved playing sports from a young age, which led him to become a gymnast and competitive diver. As a teenager she started modeling and, along with 35,000 others, entered the Seventeen Magazine Cover Modeling Contest where she finished runner-up. She then appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as “An Up & Coming Star” and began working with famous Italian photographer Giovanni Leonardi appearing on several covers of international magazines. At 18, Eli moved to Los Angeles and became the first model and investor in the clothing line she helped launch Von Dutch. She then began her career in television and film both behind the camera as a producer and associate producer and in front of the camera as an actress and stuntwoman, appearing in hundreds of music videos, national commercials, television projects and movies. Since 2019, Eli has booked four lead roles in feature films.
Joan Wong was born and raised in Oakland, California to Jack and Yan Wong. Joan is also the niece of Kung-Fu Master (Sifu), Wong Jack Man, who was best known for his controversial duel with Bruce Lee in 1964.
Joan got her first glimpse of martial arts as a young daughter of her uncle Wong Jack Man when playing Kung-Fu games with her cousins ââChris and Stephanie (two daughters of WJM). She then briefly trained with her uncle in Kung-Fu in her studio in Fort Mason, San Francisco.
Joan studied with East-West Players, The Groundlings, Meisner Technique and is an alumnus of the Beverly Hills Playhouse. In addition to studying acting, Joan trained in boxing with The Saucedo Brothers, whose gym is sponsored by Oscar De La Hoya. She also pursues her love for martial arts by training in Wushu Kung-Fu with Master Hu Jianqiang.
With ALL THAT In training, Joan landed roles on shows like ARLI $$, Rock Me Baby, Monk, The Closer, Touch, Pet Friendly with Whitney Cummings, and many more movies and TV shows.
Lorenzo Antonucci is a series regular in Paradise City with Bella Thorne, Cameron Boyce, Drea de Matteo and Perry Reeves. He is also an executive producer and writer for the series, which is on Amazon Prime and has been ranked # 1 across multiple platforms, transactionally.
He is co-featured on GAME OF THRONES (2019) and Ballers (2018) on HBO alongside Dwayne Johnson. Lorenzo was also on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and starred in the controversial TV movie CRACKA, which he also produced, which premiered at the 2020 Pan-African Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying festival. Upcoming projects include White Elephant with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Michael Rooker, the feature film Paradise City with John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Stephen Dorf, Reactor with Bruce Willis, Patrick Muldoon and Mathew Marsden, and The Free Fall, a movie horror starring Andrea Londo and Shawn Ashmore. Lorenzo began his career as a producer and writer in 2015 with What Now with Ice Tea, Bizzy Bone alongside many icons, followed by American Satan (Showtime) with Malcolm McDowell, Denise Richards, John Bradly, Bill Duke and Olivia Culpo .
RC Samo (Editor-in-chief, FanboyNation, a member of the Critics Choice Association will moderate the event online. RC began his journalistic career in 1996 as a freshman at the university. It has been published everywhere, from Pro Wrestling Illustrated to the Oakland Tribune and the Orange County Register. His vision for FanboyNation was to restore a sense of traditional journalism to a world full of sensationalism and geek rage. RC enjoys comics, animation, movies, and MMA.