The Way Out

A woman must choose between her family and her safety after her mother shares a long-held family secret.

  • Jason OHara
    Director
    In Memoriam (Short Film), Abduction (Unaired Pilot)
  • Vanessa Padla
    Writer
  • Jason OHara
    Writer
  • Jason OHara
    Producer
  • Vanessa Padla
    Key Cast
    "Aurora"
  • Emelita Gonzalez
    Key Cast
    "Mom"
  • Eric Gravez
    Key Cast
    "Luke"
  • Mel Cayanan
    Key Cast
    "Dad"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Tagalog
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jason OHara

With over 25 years of professional work experience, Jason made a career change in 2018 to entertainment. Scrappy and well-centered both professionally & personally, he enjoys the work he's doing.
Originally from Southern California, Jason is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and now lives in Richmond, VA with his husband and two dogs.

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Director Statement

This film explores the complex relationship between a parent and their child, but through the lens of horror.

What started as a small creative endeavor between Vanessa Padla (co-creator) and I has really grown into exploring the very serious topic of spousal abuse, working through the process of what happens when mom discovers this and, finally, dealing with the aftermath of what happens when mom shares a family secret of her own.

I'm very proud of the result and feel that, while this mother and daughter are in a truly exceptional situation, the interactions between them are grounded in realism that will resonate with audiences young and old.