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MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride

MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride

Directed, Edited, & Produced by: Albert M. Chan
Director of Photography: Boguslaw Zdzieblo
Featuring: Elisa Choi, Quynh Dang, Tori Jacobs, Steven Le, Jennifer Matias, Johnny Nguyen, Theavin Pou, Stef Salguero, Melissa Wong, Jacob Smith Yang, Karen Young
Website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt9041478/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt9041478/

At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the rate of HIV infection among Asian-Pacific Islanders was the fastest growing among all ethnic groups, and yet there were no prevention and education programs targeting them in Massachusetts. MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride tells the story of a group of young Asian-Pacific Islanders who banded together in a grassroots effort to address a critical, unaddressed need in the Massachusetts Asian-Pacific Islander community during the AIDS crisis, and how the organization has evolved over the years, at one point with a full-time staff of ten, expanding and shifting its focus along the way. It is an inspirational example of how Asian-Pacific Islanders can pool their passion, talents, and resources together to accomplish something incredible and long-lasting.

MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride is an official selection of the Boston Asian American Film Festival.  [ MORE ]


Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World

Directed by: Albert M. Chan, Anthony Grasso
Screenplay by: Albert M. Chan
Produced by: Richard Possemato, Albert M. Chan
Starring: Albert M. Chan, Mary Niederkorn
Website: http://welcometotheworldmovie.com
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6264066/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/welcometotheworldmovie/

"Packs a huge punch... to create such an impact on a viewer in only seven minutes with just one man, a script and a camera certainly speaks volumes of the skills that Chan has as a director, writer, and performer" (Rachel Pullen, UK Film Review).

Shot on an iPhone in one continuous 7-minute take and made for less than $140, 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 finale is a stroke of creative brilliance and artistry" (Kirk Fernwood, One Film Fan).

Welcome to the World has screened in over 25 film festivals on three continents and is distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.  [ MORE ]


Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future

Directed by: Albert M. Chan
Screenplay by: Albert M. Chan
Produced by: Aaron Howland, Seth Howland, Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato
Starring: Tina Chen, Albert M. Chan
Website: http://www.descendantsofthepast.com/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3126362
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/descendantsofthepast/

Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen (Three Days of the Condor) and Albert M. Chan (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Law & Order SVU, 30 Rock) star in this moving story of a multi-generational Asian-American family, and the incredible bond between them all that transcends both time and national boundaries.

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

Embodying the authentic voice and depiction of an Asian-American immigrant family, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future is an emotionally powerful film with strong performances by a remarkable cast.

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future received a Puffin Foundation Grant and was named a Roy W. Dean Film Grant finalist, which recognizes films that are "unique and make a contribution to society... stories that can heal and enrich our lives." Additionally, the film has garnered awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress (NYC Downtown Short Film Festival).  [ MORE ]


The Commitment

The Commitment

Directed by: Albert M. Chan
Screenplay by: Albert M. Chan
Produced by: Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, Seth Howland
Starring: Albert M. Chan, Jason Lane Fenton, Mary Niederkorn, Kerri Patterson
DVD: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Guest House Films, TLAGay.com
Streaming: Amazon Instant Video, TLAGay.com, Vimeo On Demand
Institutional Use: Moving Images Distribution
Website: http://www.thecommitmentmovie.com/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2186368
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecommitmentmovie/

"While any description of this movie will sound trite and simple, there's nothing simple about this film. Filled with a depth of emotion, The Commitment is really a tale of love and what you'll go through for it" (Brian Morton, Rogue Cinema).

Inspired by real events, The Commitment stars Albert M. Chan (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Law & Order SVU, 30 Rock) and Jason Lane Fenton as Robert and Ethan, an interracial gay couple who have been chosen from a pool of hopeful adoptive parents by Victoria (Kerri Patterson), a shy and very pregnant Asian birthmother. Susan (Mary Niederkorn), the adoption social worker who facilitates their first meeting, helps the trio navigate through the awkward but often times humorous discussions of race, sexual orientation, and outlandish baby names. Gradually, Victoria begins to open up and eventually forges a bond with Robert and Ethan. When the unexpected happens, however, Robert's neuroticism and Ethan's anxiety about fatherhood threaten their relationship.

Embodying the authentic voice and depiction of a committed gay couple amidst the world of adoption, The Commitment is "a 20-minute film with a feature-length film worth of emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak...indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast" (Richard Propes, The Independent Critic).

The Commitment has screened at nearly 40 film festivals on five continents and has won multiple awards, most notably edging out What to Expect When You're Expecting and Moonrise Kingdom to win a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Media Award. The film is part of the shorts compilation Green Briefs, available on DVD and streaming at Amazon.com.  [ MORE ]


Fate Scores

Fate Scores

Directed by: Albert M. Chan
Screenplay by: Albert M. Chan
Produced by: Albert M. Chan, Aaron Howland, Seth Howland
Distributed by: Moving Images Distribution
Starring: Albert M. Chan, Heidi Rhodes, Mary Niederkorn, Jonathan Vittum, Angela Gunn, Brian D. Evans, Ben Katz, Kandace Cummings, Katarina Morhacova, Roxanne Y. Morse
Institutional Use: Moving Images Distribution
Website: http://www.fatescores.com/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1342862
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fate-Scores-59036043321/

Albert M. Chan (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Law & Order SVU, 30 Rock) and Heidi Rhodes star in this experimental silent film about isolation, connection, and chance. Two strangers, a guitarist (Chan) and an introspective young woman (Rhodes), cross paths at a city park bench. One by one, additional strangers join the pair on the bench - a distressed woman in a foot cast, an insecure jogger, a famished pregnant woman, an insecure businessman, a curious child with an ice cream cone, two quarrelsome women, and a dignified collector of soda cans. Amidst a whirlwind of interactions that lead to both harmony and discord, the guitarist and the young woman eventually discover they have something special in common.

Fate Scores was recognized by the National Film Board of Canada and is distributed by Moving Images Distribution.  [ MORE ]


Coming Soon

Incarnations

Screenplay by: Albert M. Chan
Creative Producer: Alice Cox Neff
Website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4801520/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4801520/

A successful biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son makes a startling discovery about the afterlife.  [ MORE ]


The Elucidation of Dr. Park

Screenplay by: Alice Cox Neff
Creative Producer: Albert M. Chan
Website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt8392806
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt8392806

Gena Park, an Asian-American academic super-star, is in the final throes of her doctoral program in cancer biology. Driven to succeed, she schedules her defense in time to be eligible for a coveted research position, but hits a crisis of faith after a series of failed experiments and disagreements with her advisor. Gena embarks on a journey to help a student overcome his struggle with depression and in the process rediscovers her joy for science.  [ MORE ]