Gravitas Ventures Finds ‘The Way’, Acquiring North American Rights to Director Dastan Khalili’s Latest Action Drama


“Official poster – The path”

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, acquired the North American exclusivity of the action drama The path, directed, written and produced by winner Dastan Khalili of Alliance of Light Films.

Dastan Khalili

The Way will be available via streaming platforms and on demand on cable and satellite networks from early 2022. The deal was negotiated by Khalili and Megan Huggins, on behalf of Gravitas Ventures.

“My vision for the film was to incorporate emerging male and female role models into my storytelling and I think I accomplished this by The path, comments Khalili. “The film features a powerful female lead role and a multiracial and multicultural cast, just like humanity. The main characters’ spiritual journeys are central to the storyline, affecting their choices and paths to ultimate redemption. “

Eli Jane

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 best 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. Pierre Max (Kelcey watson), Jane’s boyfriend as well as the correctional officer and part of the execution stowage team, have very different ideas. He is ready to do anything to save Jane. Will he kill other people to save his life? Or will Jane help him see the light and let it go? The story culminates when the essence of the spirit collides with the raw power of desire, ultimately leading audiences to come full circle in seeing how essential both are to being human.

Kelcey Watson and Eli Jane

The producers of the film are Chris Smith, Jon Brewer and Eli Jane. Its executive producers are Andrea Brook, Sheefteh Khalili and Reza Moosavi, with cinematography by Yvgeniy Zhuk and music by Reza Safinia.

The path will hold its theatrical premiere on the red carpet on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Music Hall Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills and run until November 18. (Presale tickets are available now at

Official trailer:

A festival favorite, The path recently received the award for Best Feature Film and Best Director at the Accolades International Film Competition and the Award for Best Production at the Hollywood Golden Age Film Festival. The film was shot during the pandemic under strict protocols and did not report any cases of Covid-19.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Dastan Khalili moved permanently to the United States at the age of 9. He started his career as a director in 1995 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Theater Academy of the University of Pomona. The award-winning director’s debut feature Manic insomnia won the award for Best Feature Film and Best Director at the NYC Independent Film Festival (NYCIFF) in 2005, and his documentary Earth turns to gold won the award for best feature documentary and best documentary director at NYCIFF 2010. In 2011, he received the award for best director of environmental documentaries at the New York Film Festival for his film Make a dream. Khalili has extensive directing experience including feature films, documentaries, educational films, music videos and theater. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of America: @dastankhalili

Alliance of Light is a film company that makes both narrative and documentary feature films, focusing on themes that motivate and excite audiences around the world. Human potential, the sacred and the supernatural, a meaningful life, mortality, hopes, dreams, desires and love are some of the essential colors of his stories.

About Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities around the world. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films to over one hundred million homes in North America – over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Queen Bees directed by Michael Lembeck, Our Friend directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel, Vanguard, directed by Stanley Tong and starring Jackie Chan, The Secret: Dare to Dream, directed by Andy Tennant and with Katie Holmes; End of sentence with Logan Lerman and John Hawkes; It seems to kill; Tread; Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk, narrated by Bill Murray; and All Things Must Pass by Colin Hanks.

For more information, please visit, and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.

About Red Arrow Studios

Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content, comprised of an acclaimed network of production companies and international labels in seven territories; world-leading digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and television distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group’s significant production includes scripted, unscripted and formatted and IP content, from television and film to short and branded content, designed for a range of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of the leading European media groups:

Photos courtesy of Alliance of Light.

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