Troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular (Bailee Madison), and sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it.
A Week Away is an American teen faith-based romantic musical film directed by Roman White and a screenplay by Alan Powell and Kali Bailey. It is scheduled for a March 26, 2021 release. The musical focuses around a troubled teen and his involvement in a Christian summer camp following a run-in with law enforcement.
The film was shot in Nashville, will feature reimagined songs from some of the biggest hits in Contemporary Christian Music history as well as original music from the film’s music producer, Adam Watts. Paul Becker and Melena Rounis choreographed the dance numbers.
Alan Powell, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Kali Bailey, produced the project with Steve Barnett and Gabe Vasquez. Vicky Patel served as executive producer.
The film marks a first for mega streaming giant, Netflix. Its the first original faith based film to appear on the service and if its well received could very well become the first of many.
Powell recalled witnessing how much his daughters consumed musicals on Netflix. He said to have his musical on Netflix is a dream come true.
“This was always the dream. I was so excited when Netflix responded and said, ‘We’d like to distribute this movie.’ They’re stoked about it,” he said. “They’re excited. They have the same kind of passion for very similar reasons that I’ve had for years and years. It’s the perfect partnership. I’m really, really excited about it because my kids, they’ve seen it 37 times already, but they want to watch it all the time. That’s what I want for anybody who wants to consume the movie.”
“I love musicals in general, as I’m sure you can probably speculate, loving film and loving music. Musicals are my favorite, and I just remember going, ‘I don’t know why there’s nothing in the faith-based space. There’s never been a musical in a faith-based space. It doesn’t make any sense to me seeing as how music is probably, and arguably, the biggest business within the Christian culture, quite honestly,” Powell said.
“So I was like, ‘This needs to exist.’ And I began a journey of trying to make this thing happen. Fast forward seven years and here we are.”