Albert M. Chan is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker and actor based in the United States. Among his distinctions, he has been recognized by the National Film Board of Canada, is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant, and was named a finalist for the prestigious Roy W. Dean Film Grant, awarded to films that are "unique and make a contribution to society...stories that can heal and enrich our lives."
Albert wrote, directed, and produced his first film, Fate Scores, which was recognized by the prestigious National Film Board of Canada. He directed and starred in his follow-up film, The Commitment, which screened at 40 film festivals on five continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. Albert's third film, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future, stars Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen, and won Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the 2015 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. His latest narrative film, Welcome to the World, was shot on an iPhone in one continuous 7-minute take for less than $140, and has so far screened in over 30 festivals on five continents. Albert also directed, edited, and produced the documentary MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride, about a group of young people who banded together to help the largely neglected Asian-Pacific Islander population during the AIDS crisis in the early 90's, which premiered at the 2018 Boston Asian American Film Festival.
Albert is currently developing science-based feature projects including Incarnations as a writer and The Elucidation of Dr. Park as a creative producer, the latter a collaboration with writer/director Alice Cox Neff.
Also an accomplished actor, Albert's film and TV roles include Gotham (FOX), Girls (HBO), Patriots Day, 30 Rock (NBC), Law & Order SVU (NBC), Body of Proof (ABC), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Makeover (ABC), and Brotherhood (Showtime). He has been cast by directors such as Spike Lee, Peter Berg, Greg Mottola, Henry Bromell, and Mark Waters to act opposite Kevin Bacon, Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Justin Long, Larry David, Cybill Shepherd, and Mariska Hargitay.
Originally trained in biology, Richard obtained a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 2008 and is engaged in cancer research at the NYU School of Medicine, where he holds an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Pathology.