In southern New Mexico, the feature film, “A Long Road to Tao,” filmed in and around White Sands, Mesilla, Las Cruces and Hatch.
The film is directed by Filipino-American Alex T. Carig and produced by Michael Allen.
“A Long Road to Tao” is based on a true story and adapted from the internationally acclaimed book, “Tao of Surfing: Finding Depth at Low Tide.”
Jason Bernardo and worldwide dual-sport pro-athlete turned actor KC Deane are starring in the film.
Carig says “A Long Road to Tao” is a story of best friends, Dayne and Lance, who mysteriously lose touch with each other and then reunite when Dayne discovers Lance is dying of AIDS. A journey ensues as spiritual enlightenment unfolds, showcasing the unseen and seldom understood worlds of Native American spirituality, Taoism and the mystical teachings of water.
“I believe cinema is not just entertainment, it provides the opportunity to enlighten the audience to see their lives differently,” Carig says.
The production collaborated with students from New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute.
“The Creative Media Institute at NMSU is a leading driver of talented filmmakers in the Southwest. We are grateful to creators like Michael Allen and Alex Carig for providing an opportunity for our local film students to show off their skills and become better filmmakers with hands-on experience,” says Jonathon Sepp, Film Las Cruces liaison.
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