The film adaptation of Ken Wilber’s acclaimed book and true story, “Grace and Grit”, has started principal photography. The lauded ensemble cast includes Mena Suvari, Stuart Townsend, Frances Fisher, Mariel Hemingway, Lydia Hearst, Michael Patrick McGill, Nick Stahl, and Rebekah Graf.
Wilber, one of the most widely read and translated academic writers in America on consciousness and integral theory – a systematic philosophy which suggests the synthesis of all human knowledge and experience – has published 28 books in some 30 foreign languages with fans ranging from global thought leaders to rock stars and luminaries.
The screenplay was adapted and is being directed by Sebastian Siegel, and is being produced by Siegel, Lucas Jarach (“The Haunting of Sharon Tate”), and Eric Brenner (“Crazy Heart”, “Boychoir”, “Misconduct”) through executive producer Jim Jacobsen’s Skyline Entertainment which is financing.
The film depicts the compelling true story of the five-year courageous journey of Treya Wilber, played by Mena Suvari (“American Beauty”, “American Horror Story”, “American Reunion”), and Ken Wilber, played by Stuart Townsend (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “Salem”, “The Martini Shot”, “Betrayal”), through their falling in love, marriage, and challenge to overcome illness and meaning to find love beyond life. The source material (of the same title) has been widely praised – alongside Wilber’s numerous groundbreaking works – by critics in a broad range of fields from business, consciousness, and publishing, to science, movies, music, and art. The story takes place in the mid 1980’s between Muir Beach, Tahoe, and Boulder, Colorado.