The film is based on the EP “indiesoulrocknroll:about a girl from westland” by recording artist Chavar Dontae. The film is centered around the song “On My Way” from the EP and features a remix version of the song as well as Dontae’s power ballad, “Don’t Leave”.
On My Way is an independent art film that blends elements of narrative cinema, traditional music videos, and avant-garde filmmaking. The film portrays an artist who sacrifices a loving relationship in order to pursue his passion. After he returns home, he struggles to cope with the memories of his ex-lover when he sees her with another man.
On My Way addresses the difficulty of saying goodbye and moving on with life, a theme shared with Dontae’s EP. “Indiesoulrocknroll: about a girl from westland” tells a story about lost love while holding on to a positive outlook on life, sometimes with a devil-may-care attitude, which Dontae expresses as a necessity for walking away from heartbreak with style.
The “indiesoulrocknroll” EP was released in June 2011 on Submerge Recordings out of Detroit, MI and was co-produced by Dylan Ely whose discography includes artists such as Linkin Park, Ludacris, and Cyndi Lauper. The EP features the songs “Smile”, “On My Way”, “One More Try (It’s Complicated)”, “New Day”, and “Don’t Leave”. Dontae wrote, performed, co-produced, and arranged all instrumentation on the EP. Classically trained in guitar, Dontae’s music is a brazen, lo-fil montage of Soul, alternative Rock n’ Roll, electronic pop, and new wave Hip-Hop.
As an artist, Dontae explores multiple mediums of creative expression. Primarily a musician and recording artist, he has recently stepped toward acting and film production. In 2010 Dontae was featured as lead actor in the short film, Il y avait un année aujourd’hui à Cozumel directed by Nathan Elias. The film was an official selection for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Winter Ball Film Festival, and was Dontae’s first time working with Elias. On My Way is the collaborative effort between Elias and Dontae.