‘The Way’ Live Conference and Q&A

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The Way Live Online Conference, Panel and Q&A featuring Director Dastan Khalili, Eli Jane, Joan Wong and Lorenzo Antonucci takes place November 8, 2021.

The Way Live Online Conference, Panel and Q&A featuring Director Dastan Khalili, Eli Jane, Joan Wong and Lorenzo Antonucci takes place November 8, 2021.

About this event

About the Film: 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 correctional officer and part of the execution tie down team, has very different ideas. He is willing to do anything to save Jane.

The Way will hold its theatrical red-carpet premiere on Friday, November 12, 2021 at The Music Hall Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills and will run through November 18th. (Pre-sale tickets are available now at https://lumierecinemala.com/film-the-way/)

Panelists:

Dastan Khalili is an award-winning director (2005 NYC Independent Film Festival: Best Feature, Best Director – Insomnia Manica; 2010 NYC Independent Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Director – Earth Turns to Gold; 2011 New York Film Festival: Best Environmental Documentary Director – Making of A Dream). He began his filmmaking career in 1995 after graduating with a BA from the Pomona University Theater Academy. Dastan has a wide range of directing experience including feature films, documentaries, educational films, music videos, and theatre. In a review of his feature debut, Insomnia Manica, the Los Angeles Times said: “It’s an elegantly shot mood piece set amid the downtown LA lost crowd, and the intense Khalili creates a striking screen presence.” Another reviewer wrote: “Dastan Khalili sparks with moments of genius in his first narrative feature. I cannot wait to see what’s next.”

Eli Jane was born in Michigan and from an early age loved playing sports which led to being a competitive gymnast and diver. As a teenager she began modeling and along with 35,000 others entered Seventeen Magazine’s cover model contest where she finished as the runner-up. She was then featured on the Oprah Winfrey show as as “An Up & Coming Star” and began working with the famous Italian photographer Giovanni Leonardi appearing on several international magazine covers. 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 camera as an associate producer and producer and in front of camera as an actress and stuntwoman, appearing in hundreds of music videos, national commercials, television projects and films. Since 2019 Eli has booked four leading roles in feature films

Joan Wong was born and raised in Oakland, California to Jack and Yan Wong. She has one younger sibling, May. 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 taste of martial arts as a young girl from her Uncle Wong Jack Man when they used to play Kung-Fu games along with her cousins Chris and Stephanie (WJM two daughters). She then also briefly trained with her uncle in Kung-Fu at his studio in Fort Mason, San Francisco. Being raised in the Bay Area, it was easy for Joan to keep her heritage and Chinese language of Cantonese. Growing up, Joan has always loved performing whether it was Chinese Folk Dancing, piano, singing, Ballroom Dancing, or even putting skits and magic shows on for family, friends, and on stage. Doing school plays was where she fell in love with acting. After graduating college from Cal State University of Northridge, with a degree in Business Management Science, Joan decide to stay in Los Angeles, where she did some modeling and immersed fully into the acting world. Joan also had the opportunity to travel to Bangkok, Thailand to model, MC, and do radio commercials. While in Bangkok, Joan’s love for sports and racing truly came out. She got sponsored by Team Birel to race professional Go-Karts. Being one of a few female top racers, Joan was asked to race composition cars too! However, she turned it down to return to her true calling of acting back in Los Angeles. Joan has studied with East-West Players, The Groundlings, Meisner Technique, and was a long time student at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. She will always call The Beverly Hills Playhouse her home. She even studied with greats like the Oscar winning writer/director Paul Haggis! Along with acting training, Joan has done some boxing training with The Saucedo Brother’s, who’s gym is sponsored by the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya. She is also keeping up with her love for martial arts by training in Wushu Kung-Fu with Master Hu Jianqiang. With all that training, Joan has landed roles on shows like ARLI$$, Rock Me Baby, Monk, The Closer, Touch, and amongst many more movies & television shows. She even got to work with the funny and talented Whitney Cummings in Pet Friendly! And in the anticipated debut film The Way, directed by Khalili Dastan, Joan will be playing a Qi-Gong Master on death row. Be on the look out for Joan Wong, because this is just the tip of the ice berg with so much more to come!

Lorenzo Antonucci is series regular in Paradise City starring Bella Thorne, Cameron Boyce, Drea de Matteo & Perry Reeves. He is also an executive producer and writer on the series, which is on Amazon Prime and has charted No.1 on multiple platforms, transactionally. He’s co-starred 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, that 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 Paradise City with John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Stephen Dorf, Reactor with Bruce Willis, Patrick Muldoon and Mathew Marsden, and The Free Fall, a horror film starring Andrea Londo and Shawn Ashmore.Lorenzo began his producing & writing career in 2015 with What Now featuring Ice Tea, Bizzy Bone alongside many icons following American Satan (Showtime) starring Malcolm McDowell, Denise Richards, John Bradly, Bill Duke and Olivia Culpo.

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