Coming: Summer 2020
Length: 90 min
Writers: Kali Bailey, Alan Powell, Gabe Vasquez
Director: Roman White
Producer(s): Alan Powell, Steve Barnett, Gabriel Vasquez, Tameron Hedge, Roman
Stars: Sherri Shepherd, Bailee Madison, Kevin Quinn, David Koechner, Jahbril Cook, Iain Tucker, Kat Conner Sterling
Executive Producer: Vicky Patel
Co-Executive Producer: Corby Pons
Co-Producer: Roman White
Associate Producer: Bailee Madison
Choreographers: Paul Becker (Descendants, Adventures in Babysitting) and Melena Rounis
Plot summary: A Place in this world. “A Week Away” was born out of an original idea by actor/musician/writer Alan Powell.
A Week Away was shot in Nashville, Tennessee and follows troubled teen Will Hawkins (Quinn), whose run-in with the law puts him at a crossroads: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. He chooses the latter and finds love with a camp regular (Madison).
“We made a film designed to entertain while exploring universal themes of family, friendship and acceptance,” Powell said in a statement. “There is no better time than right now, and no better partner on the planet than Netflix, to help share that message.”
Steve Barnett added, “We are grateful for the hard work by everyone involved in A Week Away and very proud of the film we made together. We couldn’t be more excited that the film will have the opportunity to put a smile on millions of faces.”
The film features reimagined songs from some of the biggest hits in Contemporary Christian Music history. In addition to these tracks, the film’s music producer, Adam Watts (High School Musical 3, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert), has penned three new original songs for the film. As songwriter and producer, Watts has contributed to over 50 million albums sold worldwide across mainstream and CCM industries. Watts has also won three Dove Awards and an ASCAP Pop Award. Powell and Cory Clark also worked closely with Watts in writing and producing the music. The original score was created by Benjamin Backus.
A Week Away will join Netflix’s growing slate of live action family films featuring kids and teens, which includes the 2019 comedy Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Little Fires Everywhere, Grey’s Anatomy) as well as 2020 films The Main Event, directed by Jay Karas (Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, Break Point) and produced in partnership with WWE Studios; Feel the Beat, directed by Elissa Down (The Honor List) and starring Sofia Carson; The Sleepover, directed by Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect, Step Up All In); and Finding Ohana, directed by Jude Weng (Fresh Off the Boat, Good Place).
A Week Away (2020) Trailer