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East Coast Premiere of Welcome to the World in Boston »

Romania to Present Eastern European Premiere of The Commitment »

Welcome to the World to World Premiere in Palm Springs »

The Commitment Returns to Home State for qFLIX Worcester »

LGBTQ Mental Health Conference to Screen The Commitment »

The Commitment to Premiere in Korea »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Featured in Asian Heritage Month Film Festival »

Richard Propes Calls Welcome to the World a "Riveting Piece of Human Drama" »

First Review Calls Welcome to the World "Intelligent, Inventive, and Inspired" »

Gays With Kids Features The Commitment »

German Premiere of The Commitment »

Welcome to the World Wraps Principal Photography »

Anthony Grasso Signs on as Co-Director of Welcome to the World »

The Commitment to Screen in India »

Mary Niederkorn Joins Cast of Welcome to the World »

The Commitment Nominated for Best Drama Short at San Antonio QFest »

Albert M. Chan Nominated for Two Acting Awards at San Antonio QFest »

The Commitment to Screen at San Antonio QFest »

Atlanta Asian Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future »

Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations for Second-Round Consideration for 2016 Screenwriting Labs »

NewFilmmakers New York Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future At Anthology Film Archives »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Two Awards at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival »

NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future »

Film Jury Awards Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Best Regional Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival »

Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future »

Second New England Screening of Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future in April Announced: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival »

NYC Downtown Short Film Festival to Screen Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Returns to Hometown for Boston International Film Festival »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wins Rising Star Award »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Is Official Selection of DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Screen at Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival »

Tina Chen Receives Best Actress Nomination at Asians on Film Festival 2015 »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Is Official Selection of Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Screen at Toronto International Short Film Festival »

Rogue Cinema Calls Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future "A Beautiful Cinematic Tone Poem" »

Unsung Films Praises Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future as "Subtle and Poetic" »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Honors for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Score »

Composer Ryan Leach Completes Original Musical Score for Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future »

NewFilmmakers New York to Screen The Commitment At Anthology Film Archives »

The Commitment To Screen At Chicago Filmmakers »

The Commitment To Premiere in Switzerland in November »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Completes Principal Photography »

DVD Release Date for The Commitment Set for November 26 »

Leading Distributor to Release The Commitment on DVD and VOD »

Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Nominee Tina Chen To Star in Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future »

LA-Area Premiere for The Commitment at Long Beach QFilm Festival »

The Commitment Selected to Screen at Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Festival »

The Commitment to Premiere in East Asia at Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival »

The Commitment Accepted to 22nd Woods Hole Film Festival »

The Commitment Officially Selected for 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival and Competitions »

The Commitment Officially Selected for Philadelphia QFest »

The Commitment Becomes Audience Choice at Kansas City for LGBT Film Festival »

The Commitment Returns to Kansas City for LGBT Film Festival »

The Commitment Wins Both Audience Award and Jury Award for Best LGBT Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival »

The Commitment Wins Jury Award for Best LGBT Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival »

African Premiere for The Commitment at Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival »

The Commitment to Return to Missoui for QFest St. Louis »

The Commitment Included in 2013 Little Rock Film Festival's World Shorts Competition »

The Commitment Acquired By Moving Images Distribution »

The Commitment Set to Premiere in Europe at Torino GLBT Film Festival »

The Commitment Wins 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Film »

The Commitment Receives Perfect Score from On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest »

Missouri Premiere for The Commitment at Kansas City FilmFest »

Second New England Screening of The Commitment in April Announced: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival »

The Commitment wins Award of Excellence »

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon Proud to Present The Commitment »

The Commitment Nominated for 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Film »

The Commitment Returns to Hometown for Boston International Film Festival »

The Commitment Wins Audience Award for Best Short Film at Desperado LGBT Film Festival »

Desperado LGBT Film Festival Adds The Commitment to Lineup in Phoenix »

The Commitment Nominated for Crystal Cactus Award for Best LGBT Film »

Southwest Premiere for The Commitment at Out In the Desert: Tucson's International LGBT Film Festival »

The Commitment Selected for PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival »

The Commitment Actress Kerri Patterson Awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film by Asians on Film (Summer 2012) »

Hometown Premiere for The Commitment at Boston Asian American Film Festival »

The Commitment Voted as Part of Audience's Favorite Shorts Series at Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival »

The Commitment Accepted to 60th Annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival »

The Commitment to Screen at the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival »

The Commitment to Premiere at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future chosen as finalist for Roy W. Dean Film Grant »

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wins Puffin Foundation Grant »

Fate Scores to Screen at Connecticut Film Festival »

Fate Scores Screens at Sedona International Film Festival »

Fate Scores wins Rising Star Award »

The National Film Board of Canada honors Fate Scores »

Fate Scores to Screen at Vancouver Asian Film Festival »

Hometown Premiere for The Commitment at Boston Asian American Film Festival »

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The Commitment Wins Audience Award at qFLIX Worcester

The Commitment Wins Audience Award at qFLIX Worcester

October 3, 2017 — The Commitment won the Audience Award for Best Men's Short at qFLIX Worcester, which was held September 14-17, 2017, at the historic 2,300-seat Hanover Theater, where director and lead actor Albert M. Chan and producer Richard Possemato were in attendance.

Audience awards were determined by festival attendees who rated the films on a newly-introduced phone app that proved popular and resulted in greater participation from the audience. Click here for a full list of award winners.

Previously, The Commitment won Audience Awards at Desperado LGBT Film Festival (Phoenix, AZ), Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, and Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival.

The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, "Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast." The film has screened at 30 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


East Coast Premiere of Welcome to the World in Boston

East Coast Premiere of Welcome to the World in Boston

September 29, 2017 — Welcome to the World will have its east coast premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 21, 2017, at 3:15pm, at The Paramount Center. The film screens in the session Life & Liberty: Resilience and Righteousness in the Bright Family Screening Room. Co-director, writer, and actor Albert M. Chan is scheduled to be in attendance, as well as actress Mary Niederkorn.

Welcome to the World is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, the film presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.

Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) gives it four stars and writes, "RIVETING... CHAN'S PERFORMANCE IS DEEPLY MOVING... LINGERS IN YOUR BRAIN LONG AFTER THE CLOSING CREDITS". Kirk Fernwood (One Film Fan) praises the film as "INTELLIGENT, INVENTIVE, AND INSPIRED... CHAN DOES A FANTASTIC JOB... DRAWING YOU IN WITH EVERY WORD... THE FINALE IS A STROKE OF CREATIVE BRILLIANCE AND ARTISTRY".

The film stars Albert M. Chan and is directed by Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso. Albert's previous films Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future and The Commitment also screened at the Boston Asian American Film Festival in 2014 and 2012.

BAAFF empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF's film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year. The 2017 festival theme is Liberty & Justice — a showcase of inspiring stories about self-empowerment, activists, and civic responsibility advocates who find their voice to be a catalyst of change and in turn motivate change within ourselves.


Romania to Present Eastern European Premiere of The Commitment

Romania to Present Eastern European Premiere of The Commitment

September 29, 2017 — The Commitment will have its Eastern European premiere at the Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, held from November 17-25, 2017.

The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, "Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast." The film has screened at 30 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.

Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival (known as Gay Film Nights International Film Festival in English) is the first international LGBTQIA+ film festival in Romania, and has been held every November in Cluj-Napoca since 2004. In a country where gay and Roma people are discriminated against, the festival aims to send an accurate and efficient message about cultural diversity and accepting individual values. To fulfill this goal, the program of the festival includes such activities as LGBT film competitions, exhibitions, shows, public debates, as well as outreach and ecological actions. Every year, free entrance is granted to all these events: the purpose of the festival is not to generate profit, but to promote democracy, tolerance and diversity.


Welcome to the World to World Premiere in Palm Springs

Welcome to the World to World Premiere in Palm Springs

September 21, 2017 — Welcome to the World will have its world premiere at Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival at Camelot Theatres. The film screens in the session Life Can Be Tough At Times in Camelot Theatre Two on Friday, September 22, at 11am.

Welcome to the World is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, the film presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.

Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) gives it four stars and writes, "RIVETING... CHAN'S PERFORMANCE IS DEEPLY MOVING... LINGERS IN YOUR BRAIN LONG AFTER THE CLOSING CREDITS". Kirk Fernwood (One Film Fan) praises the film as "INTELLIGENT, INVENTIVE, AND INSPIRED... CHAN DOES A FANTASTIC JOB... DRAWING YOU IN WITH EVERY WORD... THE FINALE IS A STROKE OF CREATIVE BRILLIANCE AND ARTISTRY".

The film stars Albert M. Chan and is directed by Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso. Albert's previous film The Commitment also had its world premiere at Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in 2012 and won an Audience Award for Best Short Series alongside Groom's Cake and Little Ones.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the festival is a presentation of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and is dedicated to presenting the best in LGBTQ cinema. With the current gay and lesbian population in Palm Springs estimated to be about seven times the national average, a concentration even greater than that of San Francisco, Palm Springs is a fitting location for the premiere of Welcome to the World.


The Commitment Returns to Home State for qFLIX Worcester

The Commitment Returns to Home State for qFLIX Worcester

September 13, 2017 — The Commitment will return to its home state of Massachusetts for qFLIX Worcester at the historic 2,300-seat Hanover Theater. The film screens on September 17, 2017 at 11am in the shorts program Diversity Rules: LGBTQ Shorts "We Are Everyone and Everywhere". Director and lead actor Albert M. Chan and producers Aaron Howland and Richard Possemato are scheduled to be in attendance.

The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, "Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast." The film has screened at 30 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


LGBTQ Mental Health Conference to Screen The Commitment

LGBTQ Mental Health Conference to Screen The Commitment

August 19, 2017 — The LGBTQ Peoples of Color Mental Health Conference will screen The Commitment on October 5, 2017 at the Stewart Hotel in New York City.

This annual conference examines concerns, acknowledges developments and looks to the future for LGBTQ peoples of color, especially in the current political climate, as rhetoric threatens to further destabilize the mental well-being of members of these communities. This year's conference focuses on mental health care: navigating concerns, acknowledging developments and looking to the future for LGBTQ peoples of color, through the collective strengths and wisdom of clinicians, consumers, academics, and advocates to confront the issues affecting these communities. Visit here for more details.

The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, "Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast." The film has screened at 30 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


The Commitment to Premiere in Korea

The Commitment to Premiere in Korea

July 19, 2017 — The Commitment is an Official Selection of the 17th Korea Queer Film Festival in Seoul. The film will screen at Lotte Cinema Broadway on July 21st at 11am and July 23rd at 2pm in Theatre 6. The film will be presented with Korean subtitles.

The Korea Queer Film Festival was founded with the Korea Queer Culture Festival (KQCF), which has been held since 2001. The Korea Queer Culture Festival has played an important role as a festival for the LGBT community in South Korea, where the general awareness of LGBT remains low. Together with the Korea Queer Culture Festival, the Korea Queer Film Festival has striven to offer the general a recognition of diversity through screening various LGBT films from all over the world.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Featured in Asian Hertiage Month Film Festival

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Featured in Asian Heritage Month Film Festival

May 27, 2017 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future screened as part of the Asian Heritage Month Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on Sunday, May 27, 2017. The event took place at Innis Town Hall Theatre at the University of Toronto. The event, with the theme Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities in Canada, featured a short film showcase followed by a Q&A with director Albert M. Chan and Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominated actress Tina Chen. The event continued with a panel discussion with director Nayani Thiyagarajah and a screening of her feature documentary Shadeism: Digging Deeper.

The film tells the tale of Andrew (Albert M. Chan), the son of Chinese immigrants, who is about to become a father to a baby girl. Before she is born, however, Andrew desperately needs to understand how his mother (Tina Chen) and her own father could have lived apart for most of their lives.

The event is presented by the Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. in partnership with Reelworld Film Festival and is programmed by Gave Lindo, Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival. Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Richard Propes Calls Welcome to the World a Riveting Piece of Human Drama

Richard Propes Calls Welcome to the World a "Riveting Piece of Human Drama"

April 5, 2017 — Richard Propes, The Independent Critic, describes Welcome to the World as a "riveting piece of human drama". He praises Albert M. Chan's performance as "deeply moving without ever seeming to stretch for those deep emotions... an indicator that he's in touch with his character and demands dignity for every step of his journey". He concludes, "Welcome to the World is the kind of find that lingers in your brain long after the closing credits have rolled by, from the illuminating final sequences to the revelation of new life to the honest, heartfelt journey of one young man in a world where he is seemingly surrounded yet feels so incredibly alone." Click here for the full review.

Welcome to the World is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Taking place on the brink of a new life, this compelling film explores what it means to be human and the courage it takes to be fully alive. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, Welcome to the World presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity. The film stars Albert M. Chan and is directed by Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso.


First Review Calls Welcome to the World Intelligent, Inventive, and Inspired

First Review Calls Welcome to the World "Intelligent, Inventive, and Inspired"

April 1, 2017 — One Film Fan reviewer Kirk Fernwood praises Welcome to the World as "intelligent, inventive, and inspired". On Albert M. Chan's performance, he writes, "Chan does a fantastic job... drawing you in with every word". He adds, "the finale is a stroke of creative brilliance and artistry, its potency greatly affecting." Click here for the full review.

Welcome to the World is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Taking place on the brink of a new life, this compelling film explores what it means to be human and the courage it takes to be fully alive. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, Welcome to the World presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity. The film stars Albert M. Chan and is directed by Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso.


Gays With Kids Features The Commitment

Gays With Kids Features The Commitment

March 20, 2017 — Gays With Kids, the world's leading digital media company, social network, and safe space for gay dads and gay men considering fatherhood, featured today The Commitment. The article, titled The Commitment: A Film About Love, Loss, and Same-Sex Adoption, discusses writer/director Albert M. Chan's journey as a gay adoptive parent and how his experiences inspired the film.

The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, "Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast." The film has screened at 30 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


German Premiere of The Commitment

German Premiere of The Commitment

March 7, 2017 — Written and directed by Albert M. Chan, The Commitment will be included in a special program of short films presented by Pride Pictures Queer Film Festival on the opening night of queerKULTUR, which will be held this year from March 31st to April 16th in Karlsruhe, Germany.


Welcome to the World Wraps Principal Photography

Welcome to the World Wraps Principal Photography

January 31, 2017 — Welcome to the World has wrapped principal photography and is in the post-production phase. The film will be edited and mixed in the weeks to come, with the film completed by Spring 2017. The film stars Albert M. Chan and is directed by Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso.

Welcome to the World is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Taking place on the brink of a new life, this compelling film explores what it means to be human and the courage it takes to be fully alive. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, Welcome to the World presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.


Anthony Grasso Signs on as Co-Director of Welcome to the World

Anthony Grasso Signs on as Co-Director of Welcome to the World

January 12, 2017 — Veteran actor, director, and teacher Anthony Grasso has signed on to co-direct Welcome to the World alongside Albert M. Chan.

Some of his primetime television credits include: Blue Bloods (CBS), Untitled Wall Street Project pilot with Jon Cusack (CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), Law & Order: CI (NBC), and Law & Order SVU (NBC), The Black Donnellys (NBC), and Sex & the City (HBO). Anthony has also been seen in a variety of commercials both regionally and nationally, most notably the American Express campaign directed by M. Night Shamalayan.

Anthony studied at the legendary The Actors Studio with Frank Corsaro, Ellen Burstyn, Lee Grant, Estelle Parsons, Christopher Walken, and the late Arthur Penn. He also studied Meisner technique with Kevin O'Connor at the Neighborhood Playhouse and most recently completed several master classes with the renowned Larry Moss. He also went abroad to continue his studies at The British Academy of Dramatic Arts in Oxford, England, with John Barton, David Leveaux, Fiona Shaw, Debra Warner, and Jane Lapataire.

Anthony's teaching career started back in 1998. His eighteen years of teaching experience includes being on the faculty of the Film and Television Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Paper Mill Playhouse, the New York Film Academy, and The New York Conservatory For The Dramatic Arts, and heading up his own acting school, Anthony Grasso Studio (AGS), formerly Breakthrough Studios.


The Commitment to Screen in India

The Commitment to Screen in India

December 17, 2016 — The Commitment, written and directed by Albert M. Chan, has been accepted into the Chennai Rainbow Film Festival, the film's 30th film festival. The film will screen at M M Preview Theatres on January 5, 2017 at 7:10pm. More than 50 short, documentary and feature-length films will be screened during the five-day festival, to be held January 4-8, 2017. Admission is free.

In India, the public depiction of LGBT people can be considered a political act -- a form of activism that has the power to connect people across boundaries. "The aim of the festival is to raise awareness about LGBT issues among the general public. It also aims at providing a platform to filmmakers who don't get the opportunity to screen their film in theatres. Many of them struggle to get funding," said Vikranth Prasanna, founder, Chennai Dost. This is the third year that CRFF is being held, and the theme is 'Hues of Love.'

The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, "Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast." The film has screened at 30 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


Mary Niederkorn Joins Cast of Welcome to the World

Mary Niederkorn Joins Cast of Welcome to the World

December 14, 2016 — Mary Niederkorn has been added to the cast of Welcome to the World, starring Albert M. Chan.

A professional opera singer, Mary made the crossover to film and theater hoping to express herself in a more personal way through acting, and to reach a wider audience beyond classical music. Within months of recovering from ovarian cancer, Mary was cast as Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, receiving both popular and critical acclaim. Other career highlights include: her role as the social worker in the independent short film The Commitment which earned a national media film award for Best Film from the National Association of Social Workers, beating out Moonrise Kingdom (Tilda Swinton) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (Kim Fields); her performance in the Boston premiere of Sousa's opera Transformations on the work of Sylvia Plath at The Huntington Theatre; and the short film Homophonia which she wrote and produced, and was an official selection in three Oscar-qualifying short film festivals. She will be appearing in American Repertory Theater's production of Violet in April 2017 under the direction of Sammi Cannold.


The Commitment Nominated for Best Drama Short at San Antonio QFest

The Commitment Nominated for Best Drama Short at San Antonio QFest

October 10, 2016 — In addition to the two acting nominations announced last week, The Commitment has been nominated for the Jose Sarria Memorial Award for Best Drama Short Film at the upcoming San Antonio QFest.

The award is named after Jose Sarria, a drag queen that lead the fight for gay rights from the night club stage. He fought against the corrupt police departments that was extorting bribes from gay clubs and jailing gay men. His acts, normally arias, were tweaked to shed light on this struggle. In 1961 he ran for the SF Board of Supervisors and is thought to be the first openly gay candidate to run for public office anywhere in the world. His most enduring legacy was his establishment of the Imperial Court System which now operates worldwide.

The Commitment was nominated last week for two acting awards: the John Fryer Memorial Award for Best Male Performance and the Marsha P. Johnson Memorial Award for Best Portrayal of an LBGT Minority.

Written and directed by Albert M. Chan, The Commitment screens at City Base Cinema on Friday, October 14th, 2016, at 7:50pm within the program block JOURNEY. According to the festival, "These films comprise the journey that each of us takes in life. Whether it is a journey to acceptance by society at large or a personal journey of finding acceptance of ourselves, each of us journey in life gaining new wisdom and new ways of viewing our world." Tickets are on sale here.


Albert M. Chan Nominated for Two Acting Awards at San Antonio QFest

Albert M. Chan Nominated for Two Acting Awards at San Antonio QFest

October 6, 2016 — Albert M. Chan's performance in his adoption drama The Commitment has been nominated for two acting awards at the upcoming San Antonio QFest: the John Fryer Memorial Award for Best Male Performance and the Marsha P. Johnson Memorial Award for Best Portrayal of an LBGT Minority.

The first award is named after John E. Fryer who, in 1972, assumed the persona of Dr. Henry Anonymous and proceeded to present in front of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) a speech detailing the struggles of homosexual people within the organization. Homosexuality was still considered a sickness and therefore homosexuals were barred from being in the mental health field. His speech opened the door for the changing of hearts and minds that led to the APA removing the pathological definition of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), thus allowing gay rights advocates to begin making advances throughout the world.

The second award is named after Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender performer at drag clubs and early gay liberation activist. She worked closely with ACT UP and was an early advocate for AIDS research and treatment. She was a co-founder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries in the 70's. She was also a veteran of the Stonewall Riots, the pivotal point that brought forth the gay rights movement as a national call to action and is rumored to have been the ignition that started the fire of rebellion.

Written and directed by Albert, The Commitment screens at City Base Cinema on Friday, October 14th, 2016, at 7:50pm within the program block JOURNEY. According to the festival, "These films comprise the journey that each of us takes in life. Whether it is a journey to acceptance by society at large or a personal journey of finding acceptance of ourselves, each of us journey in life gaining new wisdom and new ways of viewing our world." Tickets are on sale here.

San Antonio QFest operates under the umbrella organization of Pride: San Antonio which is a 501c3 organization. Originally established 5 years ago, this festival is held during LGBTQ History Month in order to promote the understanding and multicultural community that is the LGBTQ community.


The Commitment to Screen at San Antonio QFest

The Commitment to Screen at San Antonio QFest

September 13, 2016 — The Commitment continues its festival run at San Antonio QFest. The film screens at City Base Cinema on Friday, October 14th, 2016, at 7:50pm within the program block JOURNEY. According to the festival, "These films comprise the journey that each of us takes in life. Whether it is a journey to acceptance by society at large or a personal journey of finding acceptance of ourselves, each of us journey in life gaining new wisdom and new ways of viewing our world." Tickets are on sale here. San Antonio QFest operates under the umbrella organization of Pride: San Antonio which is a 501c3 organization. Originally established 5 years ago, this festival is held during LGBTQ History Month in order to promote the understanding and multicultural community that is the LGBTQ community.


Atlanta Asian Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Atlanta Asian Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

October 11, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future screened at the Atlanta Asian Film Festival today at Cisco Auditorium at Georgia Gwinnett College. Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Inc is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Atlanta community about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through films and movies.


Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations for Second-Round Consideration for 2016 Screenwriting Labs

Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations for Second-Round Consideration for 2016 Screenwriting Labs

September 11, 2015 — The feature-length sci-fi screenplay Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, has been selected for second-round consideration for the Sundance Institute's 2016 Screenwriting Labs, a five-day writer's workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 that actively advances the work of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide.


NewFilmmakers New York to Screen The Commitment At Anthology Film Archives

NewFilmmakers New York Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future At Anthology Film Archives

June 17, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future screened to an over-capacity audience at the internationally recognized screening series NewFilmmakers New York tonight at Anthology Film Archives on the Lower East Side. Writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan and actress Tina Chen were in attendance. Founded in 1969, Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. Since its founding, Anthology has grown far beyond its original concept to encompass film preservation; the formation of a reference library containing the world's largest collection of books, periodicals, stills, and other paper materials related to avant-garde cinema; and a remarkably innovative and eclectic film exhibition program. Anthology screens more than 900 programs annually, preserves an average of 25 films per year (with 800 works preserved to date), publishes books and DVDs, and hosts numerous scholars and researchers.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Two Awards at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Two Awards at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival

June 14, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future won two awards at this weekend's NYC Downtown Short Film Festival at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center. Out of the over 600 films considered, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future scored honors for Best Screenplay (Albert M. Chan) and Best Actress (Tina Chen). The NYC Downtown Short Film Festival is a program of DMAC-Duo Multicultural Arts Center a (501 c3) non-profit organization located at 62 East 4th Street in New York City's East Village. The mission of DMAC is to create, promote and celebrate multicultural arts through theater, music, dance, art and film.


NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

June 11, 2015 — As a result of audience voting in April, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future screened at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival this evening at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center. Writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan and actress Tina Chen were in attendance. Showcasing some of the best short films being produced in America and internationally, the festival's line-up includes provocative dramas, clever comedies, edgy animation, and intriguing documentaries.


Film Jury Awards Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Best Regional Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

Film Jury Awards Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Best Regional Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

April 25, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future was presented with the Jury Award for Best Regional Film tonight at the Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, RI at the historic Columbus Theatre. In his acceptance speech, director/actor Albert M. Chan thanked festival founders Philip Capobres and Don Farias for supporting regional filmmakers over the years and noted how much the festival has grown in scope and quality since his participation in the festival at the 1st Annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival back in 2009. The filmmaking team's previous effort The Commitment won both the Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best LGBT Film in 2013 at the festival.


Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival Screens Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

April 23, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future screened at the first-ever Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival this evening at Cinemapolis, alongside the short We Are All One and the feature She Lights Up Well. The Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival is dedicated to supporting Asian American film, video and media makers both nationwide and throughout the upstate New York area while promoting films created by, starring, and/or about Asian Americans. This festival is a collaboration between the School for the Humanities and Sciences and the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.


Second New England Screening of Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future in April Announced: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

Second New England Screening of Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future in April Announced: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

March 8, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future will screen a second time in New England in the month of April, at the Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, RI on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 5:45pm at the historic Columbus Theatre. The film screens in Short Film Program 4. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 ($8 for Seniors/Students/RIFC Members), cash and credit cards accepted. Scheduled to be present for a Q&A are writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan and Golden Globe nominated actress Tina Chen. The filmmaking team's previous efforts The Commitment and Fate Scores screened at the festival back in 2013 and 2009 respectively.


NYC Downtown Short Film Festival to Screen Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

NYC Downtown Short Film Festival to Screen Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

March 7, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future will screen at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Audience Choice Screenings in New York, NY on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8pm at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center. The film screens in a program alongside four other short films. Click here for tickets. Scheduled to be present is writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Returns to Hometown for Boston International Film Festival

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Returns to Hometown for Boston International Film Festival

March 3, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future returns to its hometown for the Boston International Film Festival on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:30pm at The Paramount Center (tickets - click on April 19 on the calendar and select "BIFF: Session 22"). The film screens in Session 22 alongside the short film The Road to Sainte-Mère-Église and the feature film A Sort of Homecoming. Scheduled to be present for a Q&A are writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan and actress Tina Chen. Filmmakers Albert M. Chan and Aaron Howland have a long-standing relationship with the festival, now in its 13th year. In 2013, the festival screened Chan and Howland's The Commitment. In 2009, Chan and Howland attended the festival's Boston premiere of Fate Scores, written, directed, and produced by Chan and edited and shot by Howland. In 2006, the festival premiered the psychological thriller Interrogation, produced and edited by Howland and featuring Chan in the supporting role of Lieutenant Charles David Han. And back in 2003, the festival selected the Howland-produced short Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective as the winner of two awards: Best Storyline and Best Achievement in Creativity.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Rising Star Award

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wins Rising Star Award

February 20, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future has been chosen to receive the Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The festival showcases a wide variety of North American and International Feature Films to thought-provoking Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animations, Experimental Films, Student Films, a Screenplay Competition, and more.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Is Official Selection of DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Is Official Selection of DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

February 11, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future is an official selection of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. The film will screen at Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene, Oregon, on April 18, 2015, at 10:30am. The film is featured in the shorts program Shorts: Authentically Me; click here for tickets. Started in 2006 by artists, educators, and activists, DisOrient is a grassroots and volunteer-run film festival committed to presenting honest portrayals of the diversity of the Asian and Pacific Islander American experience.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Screen at Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Screen at Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival

February 5, 2015 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future returns to Toronto at the ReelWorld Film Festival on March 7, 2015 at 4pm at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre. Director Albert M. Chan and Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominated actress Tina Chen are scheduled to be in attendance. Since 2001, ReelWorld has been bringing the best of racially diverse films to Toronto audiences from around the world.


Tina Chen Receives Best Actress Nomination at Asians on Film Festival 2015

Tina Chen Receives Best Actress Nomination at Asians on Film Festival 2015

February 3, 2015 — Tina Chen has received a Best Actress nomination at the Asians on Film Festival 2015 for her performance as a mother coming to terms with her own father's absence throughout most of her life in Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future. Asians On Film Festival 2015 will take place at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in Little Tokyo March 27-29th. The awards ceremony takes place March 29th @ 9PM. Albert M. Chan and Ryan Leach previously received Honorable Mentions from the Asians On Film Festival in the categories of Best Actor and Best Original Score, respectively.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Is Official Selection of Asians on Film Festival in LA

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Is Official Selection of Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles

January 17, 2015 — The judges have selected Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future for screening at this year's Asians on Film Festival. The festival will take place at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in Little Tokyo March 27-29th. Details about the festival will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Albert M. Chan, Tina Chen, and Ryan Leach previously received Honorable Mentions from the Asians On Film Festival in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Score, respectively.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Screen at Toronto International Short Film Festival

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Screen at Toronto International Short Film Festival

November 9, 2014 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future will have its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Short Film Festival on November 13, 2014 at 5:30pm at Carlton Cinema. Director Albert M. Chan and Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominated actress Tina Chen are scheduled to be in attendance. The film is featured in Program 4; click here for tickets. Toronto Shorts Fest provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world, showcasing 60 films from 12 countries in 9 theme programs.


Rogue Cinema Calls Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future a Beautiful Cinematic Tone Poem

Rogue Cinema Calls Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future "A Beautiful Cinematic Tone Poem"

November 4, 2014 — Rogue Cinema reviewer Philip Smolen praises Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future as "a sweet and revealing insight into the complexities of family ties." He describes the acting of Albert M. Chan and Golden Globe nominee Tina Chen as "pitch perfect...Chan and Chen turn in wonderful performances." He lauds the film as "beautifully photographed...Chan's careful compositions carry a wonderful emotional impact...a beautiful cinematic tone poem." Click here for the full review.


Unsung Films Calls Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Subtle and Poetic

Unsung Films Praises Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future as "Subtle and Poetic"

October 19, 2014 — Theo Alexander of Unsung Films commends Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future as "subtle and poetic." He describes the film as a "hymn to family...a deeper, more holistic concept of an idea that is often thought of more biologically than spiritually." Click here for the full review.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future To Premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival

October 5, 2014 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future will have its world premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 26, 2014 at 3pm at The Paramount Center. Director Albert M. Chan and Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominated actress Tina Chen are scheduled to be in attendance. The film is featured in the session "Shorts Program III"; click here for tickets. BAAFF empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a program of the Asian American Resource Workshop, a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions, respond to current Asian Pacific American issues, and promote Asian Pacific American identity.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Honors for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Score

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Wins Honors for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Score

July 14, 2014 — Asians on Film today announced the recipients of its quarterly honors for Asian and Asian-American cinema. Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future received honors in the categories of Best Actor (Albert M. Chan), Best Actress (Tina Chen), and Best Original Score (Ryan Leach). Click here for the full list of winners.


Composer Ryan Leach Completes Original Musical Score for Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Composer Ryan Leach Completes Original Musical Score for Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

May 1, 2014 — After an intense two months, Los Angeles based composer Ryan Leach has completed the original musical score for Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future. "It was a great experience collaborating with Ryan," director Albert M. Chan said. "He took the time to listen and understand my suggestions and feedback and to translate them into brilliant pieces of music that subtly complemented the film."

The two previously collaborated on the highly successful film The Commitment, which has screened at over 25 film festival in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

A sneak peek of the beautifully moving end theme of the film:


NewFilmmakers New York to Screen The Commitment At Anthology Film Archives

NewFilmmakers New York to Screen The Commitment At Anthology Film Archives

December 13, 2013 — The Commitment will screen at the internationally recognized screening series NewFilmmakers New York on Saturday, January 4, 7pm, at Anthology Film Archives on the Lower East Side. Founded in 1969, Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. Since its founding, Anthology has grown far beyond its original concept to encompass film preservation; the formation of a reference library containing the world's largest collection of books, periodicals, stills, and other paper materials related to avant-garde cinema; and a remarkably innovative and eclectic film exhibition program. Anthology screens more than 900 programs annually, preserves an average of 25 films per year (with 800 works preserved to date), publishes books and DVDs, and hosts numerous scholars and researchers.


The Commitment To Screen At Chicago Filmmakers

The Commitment To Screen At Chicago Filmmakers

October 23, 2013 — The Commitment will screen at Chicago Filmmakers, a 35 year-old media arts organization with programs in adult and youth education, equipment access and membership services, film distribution, and community outreach, as well as film and video exhibition. The Commitment will screen there on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the session Queer Family Matters as part of Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns with another slate of movies that showcase not only diversity within the queer community but also diversity in the range of possibilities within film itself.


The Commitment To Premiere in Switzerland in November

The Commitment To Premiere in Switzerland in November

October 12, 2013 — The Commitment will premiere in Switzerland on the opening night of QUEERSICHT lesbisch-schwules Filmfestival Bern. The Commitment screens on opening night, November 7, at Kellerkino, the first and oldest independent cinema in Switzerland, founded in 1970. The film screens again on November 10 at Kino Kunstmuseum, which is housed in the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, the oldest art museum in Switzerland with a permanent collection and houses works covering eight centuries.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Completes Principal Photography

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future Completes Principal Photography

September 29, 2013 — Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wrapped principal photography today and is in the post-production phase. Editor Aaron Howland will be taking the footage and assembling a rough cut in the weeks to come, with the film completed by Spring 2014.


DVD Release Date for The Commitment Set for November 26

DVD Release Date for The Commitment Set for November 26

September 17, 2013 — The Commitment will be released on the DVD compilation Green Briefs on November 26, 2013. In the meantime, Green Briefs is available for preorder on Amazon.com, TLA and Guest House Films. The new collection will feature a diverse group of gay-themed short films about individuals and couples who are struggling with what family really means. In addition to The Commitment, Green Briefs will include the short films Pride, Shabbat Dinner, Kimchi Fried Dumplings, and The Symphony of Silence.


Leading Distributor to Release The Commitment on DVD and VOD

Leading Distributor to Release The Commitment on DVD and VOD

August 22, 2013 — The Commitment will be distributed on DVD and VOD by leading gay film producer and distributor Guest House Films, as part of the short film compilation Green Briefs. The new collection will feature a diverse group of five gay-themed short films about individuals and couples who are struggling with what family really means. The compilation will be released this holiday season, but can be pre-ordered at www.GuestHouseFilms.com/store and shortly at other online DVD sellers. "Our film has a strong universal message that many people, whether LGBT or not, can identify with," says The Commitment writer/director Albert M. Chan. "We are thrilled to partner with Guest House Films to bring The Commitment to a wide audience."


Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk Nominee Tina Chen 
To Star in Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Nominee Tina Chen To Star in Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

August 15, 2013 — Film, TV, and theatre veteran Tina Chen will star in Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future. Chen's films include The Hawaiians, playing opposite Charlton Heston, for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination; Alice's Restaurant, opposite Arlo Guthrie; Three Days of the Condor, opposite Robert Redford; the award-winning indie film Face, opposite Bai Ling; and Almost Perfect, playing opposite Edison Chen and Kelly Hu. Chen has guest starred on numerous TV shows including the NBC series Mercy, and has acted with Anthony Quinn, Geraldine Chaplin, Burt Reynolds, Ernest Borgnine, Wayne Rogers, Stefanie Powers, David Janssen, Kim Basinger, and David Carradine. Tina was nominated for an Emmy® Award for her performance in the CBS Playhouse special, The Final War of Ollie Winter.

On stage, Chen has played leading roles in more than twenty productions on and off Broadway including The Shanghai Gesture, Comfort Women, Empress of China, The Joy Luck Club, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arthur & Leila, The Year of the Dragon, Family Devotions, and many others. Chen has directed plays at various theaters in New York, including Pan Asian Repertory's production of Fairy Bones starring Lucy Liu in her stage debut. Chen co-produced the Broadway production of the Peter Nichols play Passion starring Frank Langella, and received a Drama Desk nomination as part of the producing team of the Broadway production of The Rink by Terrence McNally, starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli.

Over the course of her career, Chen has received numerous awards including the Urban Stages 25th Anniversary Award for Artistic Brilliance, the Women's Projects Women of Achievement Award, the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award, and the Anna Mae Wong Award given by the Asian Fashion Designers of LA.


LA-Area Premiere for The Commitment at Long Beach QFilm Festival

LA-Area Premiere for The Commitment at Long Beach QFilm Festival

August 5, 2013 — The Commitment will premiere in the LA area at the 2013 Long Beach QFilm Festival. The Commitment will play in the shorts session Men in Briefs on Saturday, September 7th, 2013, at 4:45pm at the Art Theatre of Long Beach. The Center Long Beach Q Film Festival's mission is to present films that embody the LGBTQ community. Along with The Center Long Beach, they advocate the inclusion of all individuals into a free and just community, without judgment or restriction due to sexual orientation or gender expression.


The Commitment Selected to Screen in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Festival

The Commitment Selected to Screen at Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Festival

July 29, 2013 — The Commitment has been selected to screen at the CNKY Film Festival, taking place at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. The Commitment screens in Block A on Saturday, September 21st, 2013, at 1:30pm. CNKY Film Festival is the premier film festival for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, fostering a creative outlet for the tri-state area where LGBT issues are expressed and discussed through art of film.


The Commitment to Premiere in East Asia at Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

The Commitment to Premiere in East Asia at Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

July 21, 2013 — The Commitment will have its East Asian premiere at the 24th Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The Commitment will play in the shorts session Man Shorts on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, at 9:50pm at Broadway Circuit PALACE Ifc, and again on Sunday, September 29th, 2013, at 3:30pm at Broadway Circuit The One.


The Commitment Accepted to 22nd Woods Hole Film Festival

The Commitment Accepted to 22nd Woods Hole Film Festival

July 4, 2013 — The Commitment has been accepted to screen at the 22nd Woods Hole Film Festival on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The Commitment will play in the shorts session SHORTS 08 - Unlikely Encounters on Thursday, August 1st, 2013, at 7pm at the Old Woods Hole Fire Station. The Woods Hole Film Festival has been named one of the top 10 film festivals by Filmmaker Magazine and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Movie Maker Magazine. Scheduled to be present are writer/director Albert M. Chan, producer/editor Aaron Howland, and production designer Alma Aron Baumwoll.


The Commitment Officially Selected for 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival and Competitions

The Commitment Officially Selected for 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival and Competitions

July 1, 2013 — The Commitment is an official selection for the 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival and competitions in Washington, DC. The Commitment is programmed in Showcase 10, which first screens on Saturday, September 21st, 2013, at 4:30pm at Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema. The Commitment's award-winning actress Kerri Patterson will be present at this first screening for a Q&A. The Commitment will repeat again on Monday, September 23rd, 2013, at 7pm at Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema; Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, at 9pm at Angelika Film Center; and Saturday, Septeber 28th, 2013, at 3pm at US Navy Memorial. For 10 years, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has screened the world's top short films to audiences throughout the region. This year, we will showcase over 154 films from 23 nations. Hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members will gather to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.


The Commitment Officially Selected for Philadelphia QFest

The Commitment Officially Selected for Philadelphia QFest

June 19, 2013 — The Commitment has been officially selected to screen at Philadelphia QFest. The Commitment will play prior to TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro on Saturday, July 13th, 2013, at 2:30pm at the Landmark Theatres Ritz East Theater 2. Philadelphia QFest is the East Coast's largest GLBT film festival, featuring over 150 films from around the world in addition to parties, award presentations, and panel discussions. The festival is produced by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 that also produces Philadelphia CineFest as well as year-round international film programming throughout the city.


The Commitment Becomes Audience Choice at Kansas City for LGBT Film Festival

The Commitment Becomes Audience Choice at Kansas City for LGBT Film Festival

June 17, 2013 — The audience has spoken. The Commitment will screen a second time at the 14th Annual Kansas City LGBT Film Festival as part of the Audience Choice Program. The free screening will take place Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7pm at the Like Me® Lighthouse Community Center. The Commitment screened earlier in the festival in the Men's Short Film Program. The audience rated the films, with the top-rated films from the men's and women's programs shown at a third program of viewers' favorites.


The Commitment Returns to Kansas City for LGBT Film Festival

The Commitment Returns to Kansas City for LGBT Film Festival

May 23, 2013 — The Commitment will return to Kansas City, Missouri, for the 14th Annual Kansas City LGBT Film Festival on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7pm at the Like Me® Lighthouse Community Center. The film is featured in the Men's Short Film Program. Admission is free. Audiences will have the opportunity to rate the films, with the top-rated films from the first two programs shown at a third program of viewers' favorites. The Commitment previously screened in Kansas City earlier this year in April at the Kansas City FilmFest.


The Commitment Wins Both Audience Award and Jury Award for Best LGBT Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

The Commitment Wins Both Audience Award and Jury Award for Best LGBT Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

May 2, 2013 — After counting audience ballots, the 5th Annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival today announced that The Commitment has won the Audience Award for Best LGBT Film. In a ceremony last week at the historic Columbus Theatre, The Commitment was also presented with the Jury Award for Best LGBT Film.


The Commitment Wins Jury Award for Best LGBT Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

The Commitment Wins Jury Award for Best LGBT Film at SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

April 27, 2013 — The 5th Annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival today announced their Film Jury Award winners in a ceremony at the historic Columbus Theatre, with The Commitment winning the Jury Award for Best LGBT Film. Actress Alecia Batson was on hand to accept the award on behalf of The Commitment. The film screened immediately afterwards with a Q&A with writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan and actress Mary Niederkorn.


African Premiere for The Commitment at Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

African Premiere for The Commitment at Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

April 22, 2013 — The Commitment will have its African premiere at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, running June 11-30, 2013 at KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) Gallery in Durban, South Africa. As an independent platform for filmmakers from South Africa and across the world to specifically deal with issues relating to the LGBTI community, the DGLFF will showcase new and innovative motion pictures, documentaries, shorts and related productions whilst conducting workshops, debates and talks on past LGBTI movies, productions processes, film writing and how the visual medium affects and is affected by the pink community across the world. Special emphasis is placed on Durban and KwaZulu-Natal filmmakers, especially those that deal with human rights and issues of human sexuality in their work. Proceeds from the festival will benefit both the KZNSA and the KwaZulu-Natal Gay & Lesbian Tourism Association (KZNGALTA).


The Commitment to Return to Missouri for QFest St. Louis

The Commitment to Return to Missoui for QFest St. Louis

April 20, 2013 — After screening at Kansas City FilmFest earlier this month, The Commitment will return to Missouri to screen at QFest St. Louis on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm. The film screens prior to the feature film Tennessee Queer at Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University. QFest uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the diversity and inherent complexities of living an alternative lifestyle in today's society. This year's event will feature an eclectic slate of contemporary LGBTQ-themed feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Individual tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current photo IDs, and free for Webster U. students. Advance tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets.


The Commitment Included in 2013 Little Rock Film Festival's World Shorts Competition

The Commitment Included in 2013 Little Rock Film Festival's World Shorts Competition

April 17, 2013 — The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival, running May 15-19, 2013, announced a selection of 34 short films making their Arkansas premiere in the 2013 LRFF World Shorts competition. The Commitment was included in the lineup, and will be screening in the session World Shorts: American Dreams on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 3:20pm and on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 1:15pm at Cornerstone Pub (tickets). "This year's shorts submissions have been absolutely amazing and nearly impossible to narrow down. The shorts we're showing, narratives and documentaries, run the gamut of emotion and should have a profound affect on every viewer," said Justin Nickels, LRFF Shorts Programmer. The LRFF 2013 World Shorts line-up includes films from more than 7 countries including Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark and the USA.


The Commitment Acquired By Moving Images Distribution

The Commitment Acquired By Moving Images Distribution

April 12, 2013 — The Commitment has been acquired for distribution by Moving Images Distribution (formerly Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West). Since its beginnings in 1979, Moving Images Distribution has worked to connect audiences with avant-garde works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists and with award-winning documentaries, animation, short fiction and personal narrative works. Moving Images Distribution, which also distributes Chanal Productions' earlier film Fate Scores, will handle institutional/community purchases for The Commitment, as well as licenses for rental and exhibition, streaming, or duplication.


The Commitment Set to Premiere in Europe at Torino GLBT Film Festival

The Commitment Set to Premiere in Europe at Torino GLBT Film Festival

April 5, 2013 — The Commitment will have its European premiere at the Torino GLBT Film Festival on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:40pm, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at The National Cinema Museum of Torino's Multisala Cinema Massimo (tickets). The film is featured in the section Focus: We Are Family. Now in its 28th year, the Torino GLBT Film Festival is managed by the The National Cinema Museum of Torino, one of the most important of its kind in the world thanks to its vast collection and the many different scientific and educational activities it carries out. But what makes it truly unique is its special exhibit setup. The museum is located inside the Mole Antonelliana, a bizarre and fascinating monument which is the symbol of the City of Torino. Using the various areas inside the Mole Antonelliana, Swiss set designer François Confino created a spectacular presentation that offers visitors continuous and unexpected visual and acoustic stimuli, just like when an audience watches a film.


The Commitment Wins 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Film

The Commitment Wins 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Film

April 3, 2013 — The Commitment has won the 2013 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Media Award for Best Film, becoming the first LGBT-themed film to win the award. The Commitment edged out Oscar-nominated Moonrise Kingdom and What To Expect When You're Expecting, in which Tilda Swinton and Kim Fields play social workers, respectively. "It's an incredible honor for our little indie film to be recognized by the National Association of Social Workers," Chan says. "We made the film with a lot of heart, so it's rewarding to see audiences responding so enthusiastically and spreading positive word of mouth." Actress Mary Niederkorn, who played the adoption social worker that resulted in the media award, was estatic. "I'm still pinching myself that we were put in the same category as major Hollywood-backed films with well-respected actresses," Niederkorn says. "The Commitment was a passion project from conception to completion, with many of the cast and crew having been touched by adoption." While The Commitment is about adoption, gay parenting, and cross-cultural families, producer and editor Aaron Howland explains that working on a narrative film that explores important social issues can be tricky. "In order to succeed, it requires a script with full, compelling characters that humanize the issues, and that's exactly what Albert brought to the table when he approached me about producing The Commitment," Howland says. The 2013 NASW Media Awards recognizes reporters, bloggers, columnists, television producers, movie directors and other media professionals who help raise awareness about the social work profession and issues important to social workers. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members.


The Commitment Receives Perfect Score from On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest

The Commitment Receives Perfect Score from On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest

March 21, 2013 — The Commitment will screen at the 14th Annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest after receiving the maximum score from the selection committee. The film will screen on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:30pm at Malco's Studio on the Square in the session Shorts Program 2. Chanal Productions' earlier film Fate Scores also screened at this festival in 2009. Festival attendees have included Richard Gladstein, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Isaac Hayes, Caldecott "Cotty" Chubb, Cybill Shepherd, Alan Bloomquist, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Mugge, Don Hertzfeldt, Jon Glascoe, Joseph Pierson, Del Shores, and Leslie Jordan. The festival has screened a number of Academy Award nominated films such as Don Hertzfeldt's The Meaning of Life, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Amores Perros, Most (The Bridge) by Bobby Garabedian and William Zabka, and Sam Green and Bill Siegel's The Weather Underground.


Missouri Premiere for The Commitment at Kansas City FilmFest

Missouri Premiere for The Commitment at Kansas City FilmFest

March 10, 2013 — The Commitment will screen at Kansas City FilmFest on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 3:25pm, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3:30pm, and Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:35pm, with all three screenings at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Theater (tickets). The film is featured in the session Random Relationships: US/Int'l Shorts. Formerly known as the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, the event has grown steadily since its humble beginnings in 1997, now spanning five days in one of Kansas City's premiere theatres. Over the years, he FilmFest has received thousands of entries from all over the world, and more than $200,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded in the juried competition.


Second New England Screening of The Commitment in April Announced: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

Second New England Screening of The Commitment in April Announced: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

March 5, 2013 — The Commitment will screen a second time in New England in the month of April, at the Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, RI on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 5:45pm at the historic Columbus Theatre. The film screens in LGBT Short Films. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 ($8 for Seniors/Students/RIFC Members), cash and credit cards accepted. Scheduled to be present for a Q&A are writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan, producer/editor Aaron Howland, production designer Alma Aron Baumwoll, actress Mary Niederkorn, and executive producer Richard Possemato. The filmmaking team's previous effort Fate Scores screened at the 1st Annual festival back in 2009.


The Commitment Wins Award of Excellence

The Commitment wins Award of Excellence

February 28, 2013 — The Commitment has been chosen to receive the Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival, April 5-6, 2013. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The film stars Albert M. Chan and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon Proud to Present The Commitment

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon Proud to Present The Commitment

February 15, 2013 — April is shaping up to be a pretty busy month for The Commitment. The film will screen at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, running April 27, 2013 at 1:15pm at Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene, Oregon. The film is featured in the shorts program Fighting for Family; admission is free. The festival's Associate Director Pamela M. Quan writes that The Commitment "is powerful and relatable, and we are proud to present it to the DisOrient audience." Started in 2006 by artists, educators, and activists, DisOrient is a grassroots and volunteer-run film festival committed to presenting honest portrayals of the diversity of the Asian and Pacific Islander American experience.


The Commitment Nominated for 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Film

The Commitment Nominated for 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Film

February 12, 2013 — The Commitment has been nominated for a 2013 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Media Award for Best Film, alongside Oscar-nominated Moonrise Kingdom (Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton) and What To Expect When You're Expecting (Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid). The 2013 NASW Media Awards recognizes reporters, bloggers, columnists, television producers, movie directors and other media professionals who help raise awareness about the social work profession and issues important to social workers. NASW previously published an article about how The Commitment realistically portrays a social worker (played by actress Mary Niederkorn) helping an interracial gay couple adopt a newborn baby. The public is welcome to cast votes until March 15th. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members.


The Commitment Returns to Hometown for Boston International Film Festival

The Commitment Returns to Hometown for Boston International Film Festival

February 7, 2013 — The Commitment returns to its hometown for the Boston International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8pm at AMC Loews Boston Common 19 (tickets). The film screens in Session 24 alongside the feature film Virginity. Scheduled to be present for a Q&A are writer/director/actor Albert M. Chan, producer/editor Aaron Howland, production designer Alma Aron Baumwoll, cinematographer Andrew Nalband, actor Jason Lane Fenton, and executive producer Richard Possemato. Filmmakers Albert M. Chan and Aaron Howland have a long-standing relationship with the festival, now in its 11th year. In 2009, Chan and Howland attended the festival's Boston premiere of Fate Scores, written, directed, and produced by Chan and edited and shot by Howland. In 2006, the festival premiered the psychological thriller Interrogation, produced and edited by Howland and featuring Chan in the supporting role of Lieutenant Charles David Han. And back in 2003, the festival selected the Howland-produced short Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective as the winner of two awards: Best Storyline and Best Achievement in Creativity.


The Commitment Wins Audience Award for Best Short Film at Desperado LGBT Film Festival

The Commitment Wins Audience Award for Best Short Film at Desperado LGBT Film Festival

February 1, 2013 — The Commitment has won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at last weekend's Desperado LGBT Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. Meanwhile, Cloudburst, starring Oscar® winners Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), picked up the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. Desperado LGBT Film Festival showcases the best in LGBT film and fosters diversity and multiculturalism throughout the state of Arizona.


Desperado LGBT Film Festival Adds The Commitment to Lineup in Phoenix

Desperado LGBT Film Festival Adds The Commitment to Lineup in Phoenix

January 15, 2013 — The Commitment has been added to the lineup at the Desperado LGBT Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. The Commitment screens in the shorts session Mixed Shorts on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:45pm at the Center for the Performing Arts (tickets). Desperado LGBT Film Festival showcases the best in LGBT film and fosters diversity and multiculturalism throughout the state of Arizona. The festival is presented in collaboration with Paradise Valley Community College's Office of Student Life, P.R.I.D.E Student Organization, the Center for the Performing Arts, and the PVCC Center for International Studies.


The Commitment Nominated for Crystal Cactus Award for Best LGBT Film

The Commitment Nominated for Crystal Cactus Award for Best LGBT Film

January 3, 2013 — The Commitment has been nominated for the Crystal Cactus Award for Best LGBT Film at Out in the Desert: Tucson's International LGBT Film Festival. The Commitment screens on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9pm at FLUXX Studio & Gallery (tickets), and the winner will be announced at the Closing Night Party on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 9:30pm at the same location. Out in the Desert is a program of the Southwest LGBT Film Society, which works to celebrate LGBT cinema and seeks to create an affirming atmosphere in which to promote acceptance and tolerance, while showcasing the very best in independent films by LGBT filmmakers and about the LGBT community.


Southwest Premiere for The Commitment at Out In the Desert: Tucson's International LGBT Film Festival

Southwest Premiere for The Commitment at Out In the Desert: Tucson's International LGBT Film Festival

December 20, 2012 — The Commitment will have its Southwest Premiere at Out in the Desert: Tucson's International LGBT Film Festival on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9pm at FLUXX Studio & Gallery. The film is featured in the session Family Secrets. Click here for tickets. Out in the Desert is a program of the Southwest LGBT Film Society, which works to celebrate LGBT cinema and seeks to create an affirming atmosphere in which to promote acceptance and tolerance, while showcasing the very best in independent films by LGBT filmmakers and about the LGBT community.


The Commitment Selected for PRDIE LGBTQ Film Festival

The Commitment Selected for PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival

November 7, 2012 — The Commitment has been selected to screen at the PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7pm at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater, a renovated silent-era movie house with a capacity of over 600. The film is featured in the session Saturday Shorts. Click here for tickets. PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival explores a wide variety of issues and situations involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, advocating community-wide attitudes of awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity. The goal of the festival is to educate and strengthen the local community and celebrate artistic talent and achievement.


The Commitment Actress Kerri Patterson Awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film by Asians in Film: Summer 2012

The Commitment Actress Kerri Patterson Awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film by Asians on Film (Summer 2012)

October 30, 2012 — Actress Kerri Patterson has won Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film in the Asians on Film (Summer 2012) competition for her touching portrayal of a pregnant women choosing adoption for her unborn baby in The Commitment. "This is so amazing and flattering," Kerri wrote. "It has been so amazing to be a part of this (both the real and the dramatized story)." Hear an excerpt of an interview Kerri gave earlier this year on the radio show Citywide Blackout, about the process of creating the character Victoria and how the role related to her own experiences as a real-life adoptee.


Hometown Premiere for The Commitment at Boston Asian American Film Festival

Hometown Premiere for The Commitment at Boston Asian American Film Festival

October 5, 2012 — The Commitment will have its hometown premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 28, 2012 at 3pm at The Paramount Center. The film is featured in the session "Reel Food: A Shorts Program". Ticket sales will begin soon, so check the BAAFF website regularly. BAAFF empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a program of the Asian American Resource Workshop, a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions, respond to current Asian Pacific American issues, and promote Asian Pacific American identity.


The Commitment Voted as Part of Audience's Favorite Shorts Series at Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Commitment Voted as Part of Audience's Favorite Shorts Series at Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

September 24, 2012 — The Commitment, along with Marc Parees' Little Ones and Chad Darnell's Groom's Cake, has been voted as the audience's favorite shorts series at Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The Commitment screened on Saturday, September 22, 2012 as part of Short Series: All About Gaybies, three very different takes on gay adoption. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival is a presentation of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and is dedicated to presenting the best in LGBT cinema. With the current gay and lesbian population in Palm Springs estimated to be about seven times the national average, a concentration even greater than that of San Francisco, Palm Springs is a fitting location for the premiere of The Commitment.


The Commitment Accepted to 60th Annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival

The Commitment Accepted to 60th Annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival

August 28, 2012 — The Commitment has been accepted to the Columbus International Film + Video Festival in Ohio, and will screen on November 14, 2012 at 7pm at the Gateway Film Center. The film plays in the session "Stonewall and the CIFVF: LGBT Shorts"; click here for tickets. Now in its 60th year, CIF+VF is the longest running film festival in the United States. Founded in 1950 by a group of progressive educators, the Columbus Film Council continues their legacy, honoring and screening the work of makers "whose creations of vision, beauty and power help us understand the complexities of our world by using their committed artistry to touch our minds and hearts."


The Commitment to Screen at the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

The Commitment to Screen at the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

August 17, 2012 — The Commitment has been selected to screen in the Shorts Section of the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6pm. The film plays at Cinema Paradiso in the session "GLBT SHORTS"; click here for tickets. A recipient of The Guinness World Record for the longest film festival, the FLIFF is dedicated to foreign and independent film, annually showcasing over 200 films from over 35 countries. FLIFF takes programming throughout South Florida, including The Weston Foreign Film Series, The Bay Harbor Islands Family Festival, The Hollywood Arts Park screenings, among other satellite operations. FLIFF also tours the state of Florida and Grand Bahama Island, partnering with The Daytona Beach Film Festival, The. St Augustine Film Festival, The Amelia Island Film Festival, and FLIFF On-Location Grand Bahama Island. More details to follow.


The Commitment to Premiere at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Commitment to Premiere at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

August 15, 2012 — The Commitment will premiere at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs September 20-23, 2012 at the historic Camelot Theatres (2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs). The Commitment screens on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11am in Theatre Two as part of Short Series: All About Gaybies, three very different takes on gay adoption that provide a humorous, and sometimes poignant look into life with and without gaybies; click here for tickets. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival is a presentation of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and is dedicated to presenting the best in LGBT cinema. With the current gay and lesbian population in Palm Springs estimated to be about seven times the national average, a concentration even greater than that of San Francisco, Palm Springs is a fitting location for the premiere of The Commitment.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wins Puffin Foundation Grant

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future chosen as finalist for Roy W. Dean Film Grant

From the Heart Productions has chosen Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future from over 150 film proposals as a finalist for the 2010 Roy W. Dean Film Grant. From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society...compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films and films that touch hearts...stories that can heal and enrich our lives." The winner will be announced in October. Carole Dean created the Roy W. Dean Grant Foundation in 1992 in honor of her late father. To date, Ms. Dean's grant and mentorship programs have provided filmmakers with millions of dollars in goods and services and have played an instrumental role in establishing the careers of some of the industry's most promising filmmakers.


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wins Puffin Foundation Grant

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future wins Puffin Foundation Grant

The Puffin Foundation has awarded Chanal Productions a grant for the upcoming film Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future. The Puffin Foundation makes grants to emerging artists working in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature. Since its founding in 1983, the Puffin Foundation has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.


Fate Scores to Screen at Connecticut Film Festival

Fate Scores to Screen at Connecticut Film Festival

Fate Scores has been accepted to the 6th Annual Connecticut Film Festival (CTFF), taking place May 4-9, 2010. Fate Scores screens in a program of shorts titled Music and Film on Tuesday, May 4 at 11:30am at the Danbury Music Center (256 Main Street, Danbury, CT) and again on Saturday, May 8 at 12pm at the Common Council Chambers at Danbury City Hall (155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT). Tickets are available online. The CTFF will screen 140 films, while also presenting 75 educational workshops, panels and keynotes, more than 70 performances by emerging musical artists and more than a dozen industry networking and party events.


Fate Scores Screens at Sedona International Film Festival

Fate Scores Screens at Sedona International Film Festival

Written, directed, and produced by Albert M. Chan, Fate Scores will screen at the Sedona International Film Festival on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 7pm at Harkins Sedona 6 (2081 West Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ), and again on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:45am. Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the Fest to Impress by MovieMaker Magazine), the 16th Annual Sedona International Film Festival will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. [Tickets]


Fate Scores Wins Rising Star Award

Fate Scores wins Rising Star Award

Fate Scores, Albert M. Chan's directorial debut, has been chosen to receive the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival, March 19-21, 2010. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. Starring Albert M. Chan and Heidi Rhodes, Fate Scores is a charming story about isolation, connection, and chance. Two strangers, a guitarist and an introspective young woman, cross paths at a city park bench and, with the help of eight other colorful strangers, discover something special in common.


The National Film Board of Canada Honors Fate Scores

The National Film Board of Canada honors Fate Scores

The National Film Board of Canada awards Fate Scores, Albert M. Chan's directorial debut, 3rd place in the Best Canadian Short Film competition at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. National Film Board producers Yves Ma and Selwyn Jacob were present to make the announcement. Since 1939, the National Film Board has reflected the major developments in cinema over the years &ndash both technical and creative. With a collection of 13,000 productions, it has earned 5,000 awards, including 12 Academy Awards and 90 Genies. NFB documentaries have influenced major social issues, and NFB feature films and animation have influenced the works of filmmakers around the world.


Fate Scores to Screen at Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Fate Scores to Screen at Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Fate Scores has been accepted to the 13th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF), taking place November 5-8, 2009 at the Cinemark Tinseltown, a multiplex theatre within the city's Chinatown and Downtown districts. The VAFF is Canada's oldest festival dedicated to exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage. From its beginnings in 1995 and incorporated in the Spring of 1997, VAFF is committed to supporting both emerging talent and established filmmakers. Visiting artists have included Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Annapolis, Better Luck Tomorrow), Michael Kang (West 32nd, The Motel), and Jessica Yu (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing, Ping-Pong Playa), as well as Canadian filmmaker Mina Shum (Double Happiness).