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Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival Selects The Butler and the Ball »

The Butler and the Ball Selected for All American High School Film Festival in NYC »

Newark International Film Festival to Screen The Butler and the Ball »

Welcome to the World Screens in Spain for World Suicide Prevention Day »

The Butler and the Ball to Screen in Melbourne, Australia »

The Butler and the Ball Officially Selected for American Youth Film Festival »

The Butler and the Ball To Premiere in Los Angeles at Dances with Films »

Real to Reel Kids Fest in North Carolina to Screen The Butler and the Ball »

Welcome to the World Participates in Spanish Project El Grito de los Sin Voz »

Andrew Chan-Possemato Wins "Best Young Director—Live Action" for The Butler and the Ball »

The Butler and the Ball Featured in Virtual Film Festival »

The Commitment Wins Best LGBT Film in India »

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Reviews The Butler and the Ball »

The Butler and the Ball Shortlisted as Semi-Finalist for Children Cinema Awards »

French Distributor to Represent Welcome to the World For Commercial Distribution »

The Commitment Now Streaming at Queerbee Films »

World Premiere of The Butler and the Ball in San Diego »

Atlanta Premiere of The Butler and the Ball »

The Butler and the Ball Premieres at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston »

Canadian Premiere for The Butler and the Ball »

The Butler and the Ball Premieres in Pennsylvania »

The Commitment Premieres on Sixth Continent: Australia »

Welcome to the World Returns to Australia »

Incarnations Advances to Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition Semifinals »

Atlanta Film Festival Selects Incarnations as Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist »

Incarnations Highlighted in 2019 Young & Hungry List and 2019 Hit List »

Screenplay for Incarnations Wins 2nd Place at Hamilton Film Festival »

Welcome to the World Premieres in Mexico »

Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Hamilton Film Festival »

Argentinian Premiere of Welcome to the World »

Croatian Premiere for The Commitment at Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance »

Pakistani Premiere of Welcome to the World at iSmart Film Festival »

Incarnations Selected as Quarterfinalist in Shore Scripts Screenplay Contest »

Actors Cast for Table Read of Incarnations, Screenplay Finalist for Atlanta Festival »

Welcome to the World Screens at Film Festival with Themes of Survival and Triumph Over Adversity »

Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Atlanta Festival »

British Premiere of Welcome to the World »

The Finish Line Script Competition Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist »

UK Premiere for The Commitment at Queerbee LGBT Film Festival »

Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations for Second-Round Consideration for 2020 Development Track »

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition Announces Incarnations as Quarterfinalist »

Rhode Island International Film Festival Selects Incarnations as Semifinalist »

Spanish Premiere of Welcome to the World »

Teaser for Incarnations Wraps Production »

Welcome to the World Returns to New York City »

Welcome to the World Premieres in Peru »

Central American Premiere of Welcome to the World »

Albert M. Chan Wins the Award for Best Performance at OutlantaCon for Welcome to the World »

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Announces Incarnations as Semifinalist »

OutlantaCon Includes Welcome to the World in Lineup »

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces Incarnations as Quarterfinalist »

Welcome to the World Premieres in Ecuador »

Philadelphia Premiere for Welcome to the World »

Incarnations Named Finalist for Tracking Board Launch Pad Feature Competition »

Incarnations Named Finalist for Screencraft Film Fund »

Boston Cultural Council Awards Grant to Screen Welcome to the World »

Incarnations Advances to Semifinals for Screencraft Film Fund »

Welcome to the World Premieres on Sixth Continent: South America »

Screencraft Film Fund Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist »

Welcome to the World Nominated for Lead Actor and Smartphone Awards »

Italian Premiere of Welcome to the World at OMOVIES »

Brooklyn Screening of Welcome to the World at Williamsburg Independent Film Festival »

Welcome to the World Wins Award for Best LGBT Film »

The Commitment Premieres in the Caribbean at Santo Domingo OutFest »

Screencraft Drama Screenplay Competition Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist »

Documentary MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride to Premiere in Boston »

European Premiere of Welcome to the World in Marseilles, France »

Welcome to the World Wins Audience Award at New England's LGBTQ+ Film Festival »

World to the World to Screen at San Antonio QFest »

Welcome to the World Returns to Massachusetts for qFLIX Worcester »

Georgia Premiere of Welcome to the World at Atlanta's Out on Film »

Welcome to the World Returns to Oklahoma for Top Reviewed Festival »

Brooklyn Screening of Welcome to the World at Crown Heights Film Festival »

African Premiere for Welcome to the World in Durban, South Africa »

Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations and The Elucidation of Dr. Park for Second-Round Consideration for 2019 Development Track »

Welcome to the World Premieres in New Mexico at Taos Pride »

Welcome to the World Picked Up by Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre »

Welcome to the World Screens at Asian American International Film Festival in NYC »

Welcome to the World Premieres in Oklahoma »

Long Island International Film Expo to Screen Welcome to the World »

The Commitment Premieres on Fifth Continent: South America »

Welcome to the World Selected as Finalist for Short Film Competition »

Welcome to the World and The Commitment Both Selected for Official NYC Pride Event »

Welcome to the World Screens in Home Province of Co-Director »

Hometown Premiere in Brooklyn for Welcome to the World »

NewFilmmakers New York to Screen Welcome to the World At Anthology Film Archives »

Houston to Host Texas Premiere of Welcome to the World »

Sacramento Premiere of Welcome to the World at California Museum »

Rhode Island Screening of Welcome to the World »

The Commitment to Premiere in Poland »

Northwest Premiere of Welcome to the World in Oregon »

Filmmaker Returns to Boston International Film Festival for Welcome to the World Screening »

Welcome to the World Returns to Missouri for Kansas City FilmFest »

Asian Premiere for Welcome to the World in India »

Australian Premiere for Welcome to the World »

Welcome to the World Wins Award in Alabama »

Welcome to the World to Premiere in the Southern US »

The Commitment Officially Selected for qFLIX Philadelphia »

Midwest Premiere for Welcome to the World at QFest St. Louis »

Welcome to the World to Premiere in Ontario »

Welcome to the World Review: "Packs a Huge Punch" »

Welcome to the World Review: "Chan Gives a Gripping, Heartfelt and Sincere Performance" »

Ugandan Organizers Reschedule The Commitment After Police Raid »

Ugandan Police Shut Down Festival Before The Commitment Screened »

Canadian Premiere of Welcome to the World »

Romania to Present Eastern European Premiere of The Commitment »

Ugandan Premiere of The Commitment »

East Coast Premiere of Welcome to the World in Boston »

The Commitment Wins Audience Award at qFLIX Worcester »

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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Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival Selects The Butler and the Ball

Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival Selects The Butler and the Ball

October 14, 2020 — The Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival will screen The Butler and the Ball on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 9:30am [tickets]. The Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival, a sidebar of the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, highlights films that are either made BY kids or FOR kids and that embrace all the "fun" genres, such as sci-fi, fantasy, action, adventure, comedy, and horror. Films screen this year at the Ramada Fargo.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival aims to help youth become critical media users as well as gain a voice thru media and also learn about filmmaking and media literacy. For 12 years, the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival was a part of ValleyCon, the area's largest science fiction, fantasy and popular culture convention. Over the course of 12 years, the film festival grew and evolved to a point where it needed to be broken away from the host convention and made an event of its own.


The Butler and the Ball Selected for All American High School Film Festival in NYC

The Butler and the Ball Selected for All American High School Film Festival in NYC

October 9, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball screens in the Comedy category for the 2020 All American High School Film Festival, presented by IFC Films. Traditionally held at AMC Theaters in Times Square, the festival will instead be held online this year during the weekend of October 9-11, 2020. The Butler and the Ball screens in the Saturday, October 10, 2020, 3:30-5pm session (tickets). The festival includes screenings, workshops, panels, a technology showcase, a college fair, networking events, and the Teen Indie Awards Show, where over $400,000 in prizes and scholarships are handed out. Festival judges include Kristen Stewart, John Oliver, Brittany Snow, John Legend, Ed Burns, Dylan McDermott, Eli Roth, Alysia Reiner, Toni Meyers, Henry Winkler, and Andrew Jenks.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, and is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Billed as the largest student film festival in the world, the All American High School Film Festival is the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world. Their mission is to provide immersive education with a profound impact, connecting the filmmakers of the future with the rewards, respect and recognition they deserve. The festival empowers young artists to share their stories and we transform their world through digital media. Each year they offer a grand stage in New York City for the next generation of talented filmmakers, where they can screen their amazing creations, learn from top industry professional, connect with the latest technology, explore myriad higher education opportunities, receive scholarships and technology prizes, and create a community of shared passions and lifelong relationships.


Newark International Film Festival to Screen The Butler and the Ball

Newark International Film Festival to Screen The Butler and the Ball

September 12, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball screens at the Newark IFF Youth Festival, the youth component of the Newark International Film Festival in New Jersey, starting today at 2pm on the Vault streaming network.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The Newark International Film Festival is the first international film festival hosted in Newark and features the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.


Welcome to the World Screens in Spain for World Suicide Prevention Day

Welcome to the World Screens in Spain for World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2020 — Welcome to the World is one of five films that screens in Spain at Agarra la vida (Grab Life) for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2020. Welcome to the World can be viewed here for the duration of the campaign, which closes on October 10, 2020.

Agarra la vida (Grab Life) is a short film festival with a mission to prevent suicide and combat its stigma. Five films were selected by a jury and a team of experts in psychology and psychiatry to encourage desperate, abandoned, or lonely people to continue fighting for life, renounce their suicide plans, and go to institutions that can support them.

World Suicide Prevention Day is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). Observed on September 10th, every year, World Suicide Prevention Day provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

Agarra la vida (Grab Life) is presented in association with Teléfono de la Esperanza (Telephone of Hope). Founded in 1971, Teléfono de la Esperanza (Telephone of Hope) is an NGO with 29 centers in Spain for crisis intervention and the promotion of social-emotional health.

Welcome to the World previously had its Spanish premiere at the 2019 Shorty Week Film Festival at the historic Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


The Butler and the Ball to Screen in Melbourne, Australia

The Butler and the Ball to Screen in Melbourne, Australia

September 1, 2020 — The Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia will screen The Butler and the Ball, taking place December 5-6, 2020. Typically, the Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival runs parallel to the Belgrave Lantern Parade held on the solstice each year, where thousands gather to display and parade their lanterns, and the streets of Belgrave are flooded with extraordinary lantern creatures and other imaginative lanterns.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival is a major international festival of short films made by young people between the ages of 6-18. The festival hosts stories from children in all cultures and from varying ways of life, encouraging empathy and understanding. The Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival is a program of Ranges Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages youth to go beyond being passive uncritical media content consumers to becoming creative participants and thinkers of media content.


The Butler and the Ball Officially Selected for American Youth Film Festival

The Butler and the Ball Officially Selected for American Youth Film Festival

August 30, 2020 — Today, the American Youth Film Festival in Atlanta announced The Butler and the Ball as one of this year's official selections.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The American Youth Film Festival is a program of The American Youth Arts Society and an opportunity for elementary school, middle school, high school, and college filmmakers and actors to showcase their movie making skills.


The Butler and the Ball To Premiere in Los Angeles at Dances with Films

The Butler and the Ball To Premiere in Los Angeles at Dances with Films

August 10, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball will premiere on the west coast at the 23rd Annual Dances with Films in Los Angeles, recognized as a Top 10 North American Film Festival by USA Today readers and a Top Ten Best Reviewed Festival on FilmFreeway. Traditionally taking place at the famed TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, this year's screenings, Q&As, panels, and social events will take place virtually.

The Butler and the Ball screens as part of Dances with Kidz!, a side bar festival that celebrates films made for kids and films made by kids. The film screens on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 11:30am, and again on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 11:30am in a session dedicated to kid filmmakers. A live Q&A with director Andrew Chan-Possemato and producer Albert M. Chan is scheduled at the end of the Saturday session.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Since 1998, Dances with Films has been held each year in the heart of Los Angeles and is one of the highest attended film fests in Southern California with more than 20,000 attendees each year. Additionally, the festival is regularly tracked by industry in Los Angeles with deals made each year. Dances with Films has been hailed as "the premiere showcase of innovative independent cinema, presenting amazing undiscovered talent to an industry audience in Hollywood" by Indiewire, "the future of independent film" by The Huffington Post, and as "an innovator and leader in positioning raw and new talented directors" by CNN.


Real to Reel Kids Fest in North Carolina to Screen The Butler and the Ball

Real to Reel Kids Fest in North Carolina to Screen The Butler and the Ball

July 24, 2020 — The 21st Annual Real to Reel International Film Festival will screen The Butler and the Ball as part of its Real to Reel KIDS FEST!, sponsored by KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum. The Real to Reel KIDS FEST!, which screens films made for kids 14 and under as wells as films made by kids 14 and under, will take place on September 12th, 2020, at 10am-12pm, at the historic Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, NC, between Asheville and Charlotte.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The Real to Reel International Film Festival is an initiative of the Cleveland County Arts Council. The mission of the Real to Reel International Film Festival is to offer a forum for independent film, video and multi-media artists from around the world to showcase their talents and expose the works of these artists to our region.


Welcome to the World Participates in Spanish Project El Grito de los Sin Voz

Welcome to the World Participates in Spanish Project El Grito de los Sin Voz

July 12, 2020 — Welcome to the World will participate in the Spanish project El Grito de los Sin Voz (The Cry of the Voiceless), which showcases social films that denounce hate crimes and discrimination against refugees, ethnic minorities, religion, and the LGBT community, and expose the consequences of racism, social exclusion, and human trafficking. Films are available for viewing on YouTube. The top ten films will screen in Madrid on December 2, 2020.

Welcome to the World previously had its Spanish premiere at the 2019 Shorty Week Film Festival at the historic Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Andrew Chan-Possemato Wins Best Young Director - Live Action for The Butler and the Ball

Andrew Chan-Possemato Wins "Best Young Director—Live Action" for The Butler and the Ball

June 28, 2020 — Eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato won the prize for Best Young Director—Live Action at tonight's awards ceremony at the 2020 Kids Video Connection Children's Film Festival in Atlanta.

In awarding the cash prize to Andrew and his film The Butler and the Ball, festival coordinator Daniel Kitron remarked, "This short film was really kind of an inspiration—just a stunning example of what an eight-year-old director is capable of and an inspiration to other young people looking for an outlet, considering film, to show that you don't need a huge amount of resources or even a huge amount of experience to create a film with a Willy Wonka-like story with a hippo."

The Butler and the Ball, an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Kids Video Connection is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational media arts organization that specializes in teaching media literacy, video production, and communication skills to educate and empower today's youth, particularly underserved youth, and to help them become independent thinkers and creators of tomorrow.


The Butler and the Ball Featured in Virtual Film Festival

The Butler and the Ball Featured in Virtual Film Festival

June 27, 2020 — Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Kids Video Connection Children's Film Festival has canceled its live festival. Instead, selected films will be showcased in a Virtual Film Festival June 26-28, 2020. The Butler and the Ball will screen in Youth and Student Selections here between 11am on Saturday, June 27, and 11pm on Sunday, June 28. A live-streamed awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 28, at 8pm.

In selecting The Butler and the Ball, the festival's review panel applauded the film's original story and production value. The film, which is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Kids Video Connection is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational media arts organization that specializes in teaching media literacy, video production, and communication skills to educate and empower today's youth, particularly underserved youth, and to help them become independent thinkers and creators of tomorrow.


The Commitment Wins Best LGBT Film in India

The Commitment Wins Best LGBT Film in India

June 6, 2020 — The Commitment has been awarded Best LGBT Film at the 12th monthly season of the Tagore International Film Festival, and is automatically nominated for the prestigious Sun of the East Award, the winner of which will be announced at the end of 2020.

Tagore International Film Festival is located in one of India's most important centers of modern art, Shantiniketan, Bolpur. The monthly live screenings take place at Gitanjali Cultural Complex.

Tagore International Film Festival is named after Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who wanted to create a space where people can interchange their ideas about art, culture and life.

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 over 40 film festivals on six 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 and on the Queerbee streaming platform. The film is produced by Albert M. Chan, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.


KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Reviews The Butler and the Ball

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Reviews The Butler and the Ball

June 4, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball has been selected by the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. As a result, The Butler and the Ball will be made available to more than 50 venues affiliated with KIDS FIRST! including established film festivals, museums, film societies, and other similar venues. The listing on the KIDS FIRST! website for The Butler and the Ball can be found here.

Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror, write, "This is a completely charming short film produced by an 8-year-old boy. The Butler and the Ball follows a young, lonely boy that enters a contest to become the butler of a lonely artist. Ashton, the young boy, is a believable character. He is played by Andrew Chan-Possemato, an eight-year-old, who is also the writer and director. Ashton is self-reliant, lives in New York City and, it is fun to watch him navigate life on his own.

"The story is a wonderful fantasy. Ashton's ability to navigate the city on his own is only surpassed when he travels to Africa on his own. Obviously, that's a fantasy, but it's a good one and well executed. I have to say that my heart goes out to this young boy whose mom leaves him a note saying she is out speed-dating and to grab dinner for himself. We never see the mom's presence at any time. Fortunately, this kids seems to have his wits about him. However, some viewers might be concerned about the lack of safety here in this whimsical tale. So, be forewarned.

"This film is very well produced. The story flows very well from scene to scene. It is well shot, with excellent lighting in the various locations. The audio is very clear. I have seen a lot of adult productions that are not half as well produced. I enjoyed the camera work, especially the close-ups where you can see the emotion on people's faces. The sets and locations are excellent. The mansion where Bob Chan lives is beautiful on the outside although the interior shots are somewhat underwhelming. The film footage in Africa is a fun addition; especially the shots with the hippopotamus. I like the sound effects, especially the sounds of Snickers at the beginning and the hippo sounds. I liked seeing the ball travel from the city to Africa. Andrew Chan-Possemato's performance is really quite good and believable. For a first time filmmaker, I'm impressed.

"The message of this film is about finding a way to overcome loneliness and make connections. I give this sweet short film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12."

The Butler and the Ball is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The KIDS FIRST! program is an initiative of The Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.


The Butler and the Ball Shortlisted as Semi-Finalist for Children Cinema Awards

The Butler and the Ball Shortlisted as Semi-Finalist for Children Cinema Awards

May 29, 2020 — The Children Cinema Awards has shortlisted The Butler and the Ball as a semi-finalist for Best Short Film by a Young Filmmaker. The awards ceremony takes place at Pathé Tuschinski Cinema in Amsterdam.

The Butler and the Ball, an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Children Cinema Awards is an international film festival which showcases and promotes films for children and teenagers with the goal to entertain young audiences with fun, colorful, diverse, positive and stimulating films that broaden their imagination, creativity and development. Children Cinema Awards is overseen by the Cinematography Awards Foundation, an association of film festivals that highlight excellence in cinematography.

Children Cinema Awards is a member of the European Children's Film Association, helping to provide access to a wider variety of European cinema to children worldwide. ECFA has more than 125 members comprised of companies and organisations from 36 different countries.


French Distributor to Represent Welcome to the World For Commercial Distribution

French Distributor to Represent Welcome to the World For Commercial Distribution

May 8, 2020 — French distributor Gonella Productions has entered into an agreement to represent Welcome to the World for commercial distribution on TV, VOD, theaters, airlines and other platforms.

Founded by Cédric Gonella in 2009, Gonella Productions has distributed a wide variety of international short films all over the world and currently represents more than 500 short films.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


The Commitment Now Streaming at Queerbee Films

The Commitment Now Streaming at Queerbee Films

May 1, 2020 — The Commitment is one of Queerbee Films' new releases for the month of May. The streaming platform's page dedicated to The Commitment can be viewed here.

Founded by Angie West and Jac Nunns, Queerbee is an LGBTIQ community enterprise set up by filmmakers to curate queer short films and show them to new audiences in a fun and informative way. Their streaming platform presents expertly curated short films from a queer perspective, straight from the directors themselves, so wider audiences can see them. Monthly and annual subscriptions are available here. QueerBee is an LGBTQI Community Interest Company registered with Social Enterprise UK and Cinema For All.

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 over 40 film festivals on six 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.


World Premiere of The Butler and the Ball in San Diego

World Premiere of The Butler and the Ball in San Diego

May 1, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball will have its world premiere at the 2020 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival, which runs August 21-23, 2020. The film, which is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Venues for the San Diego International Kids' Film Festival include the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium and Howard Brubeck Theatre.

With a mission to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kids' Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. Each year, the festival screens over 150 films from 30+ countries. American filmmakers as well as film delegations from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, and Germany appear at the event. The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education and gives young, aspiring filmmakers a channel to communicate to an international community.


Atlanta Premiere of The Butler and the Ball

Atlanta Premiere of The Butler and the Ball

March 27, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball will premiere in Atlanta at the 2020 Kids Video Connection Children's Film Festival. In selecting The Butler and the Ball, the festival's review panel applauded the film's original story and production value. The film, which is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Kids Video Connection is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational media arts organization that specializes in teaching media literacy, video production, and communication skills to educate and empower today's youth, particularly underserved youth, and to help them become independent thinkers and creators of tomorrow.


The Butler and the Ball Premieres at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

The Butler and the Ball Premieres at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

March 6, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball will premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston as part of the Scout Film Festival, which will take place in Fall 2020. The Butler and the Ball, which was selected from over 1300 submissions from 80 countries, is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer. The film is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York's Museum of Modert Art (MoMA), the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. The museum established a reputation for identifying important new artists, and in pursuit of this mission, eventually parted ways with MoMA and changed its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948. For more than 80 years, the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston has presented contemporary art in all media—visual arts, performance, film, video, and literature.

Scout Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization that produces an annual international event celebrating emerging filmmakers—aged 24 and under—through film.


Canadian Premiere for The Butler and the Ball

Canadian Premiere for The Butler and the Ball

March 5, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball will have its Canadian premiere at the Hamilton Youth Film Festival on Friday, September 11, 2020. The film screens in Showcase 4 at Staircase Theatre, which runs from 9:45-10:45pm. Tickets are available here.

The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer. The film is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

Founded in 2017, the annual Hamilton Youth Film Festival is the first film festival in Hamilton to showcase only youth created films. The festival is run completely by students, from high school to college.


The Butler and the Ball Premieres in Pennsylvania

The Butler and the Ball Premieres in Pennsylvania

March 4, 2020 — The Butler and the Ball premieres in Pennsylvania at the West Chester Film Festival, running November 13-15, 2020. The Butler and the Ball, which was one of over 60 films selected from around the world, is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer. The film is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert M. Chan.

The 16th Annual West Chester Film Festival consists of three festivals in one: the West Chester Film Festival, West Chester Family Film Festival, and West Chester Young Filmmaker Film Festival. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the West Chester Film Festival's goal is to present a self-sustaining annual film festival giving a voice to up-and-coming artists.


The Commitment Premieres on Sixth Continent: Australia

The Commitment Premieres on Sixth Continent: Australia

March 1, 2020 — The Commitment will premiere on its sixth continent, Australia, at the 4th PRIDE Queer Film Festival in Perth on March 7, 2020, 4pm, at The Backlot Studios Perth. The Commitment screens in the session Short Films Mixed Bag alongside films from Brazil, United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, and the United States.

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 over 40 film festivals on six 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.

Welcome to the World, also directed by Albert M. Chan, will also screen at the 4th PRIDE Queer Film Festival on March 7, 2020, 6:30pm, in the session Shorts From Around the World.


Welcome to the World Returns to Australia

Welcome to the World Returns to Australia

March 1, 2020 — Welcome to the World returns to Australia for the 4th PRIDE Queer Film Festival in Perth on March 7, 2020, 6:30pm, at The Backlot Studios Perth. Welcome to the World screens in the session Shorts From Around the World alongside films from the United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Greece, Taiwan, Italy, and the United States.

Welcome to the World previously had its Australian premiere at the 2018 Short + Sweet Film Festival Queensland at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

The Commitment, also directed by Albert M. Chan, will also screen at the 4th PRIDE Queer Film Festival on March 7, 2020, 4pm, in the session Short Films Mixed Bag, marking its Australian premiere.


Incarnations Advances to Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition Semifinals

Incarnations Advances to Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition Semifinals

February 27, 2020 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has advanced to the 12th Annual Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition semifinals. Winners will be announced Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Now approaching its 44th year, the Atlanta Film Festival–an Academy Award®-qualifying festival–is the Southeast's preeminent celebration of cinema and the flagship production of the Atlanta Film Society. One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases both emerging and established artists' works. Recent festivals have seen audiences of over 28,000 film-lovers joining over 300 attending filmmakers in support of moving images that push the boundaries of independent cinema.

The 2020 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition is devoted to finding the best screenplays from around the world and offering their authors the opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime writing workshop and mentorship with professionals in the film industry. Winners of the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition have gone on to be honored by The Black List, selected for the Sundance Directors' Lab, sign with representation, option their winning scripts, and write/direct critically and commercially successful indie films.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Atlanta Film Festival Selects Incarnations as Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist

Atlanta Film Festival Selects Incarnations as Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist

February 13, 2020 — The 12th Annual Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition has selected the feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations as a quarterfinalist. Winners will be announced Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Now approaching its 44th year, the Atlanta Film Festival–an Academy Award®-qualifying festival–is the Southeast's preeminent celebration of cinema and the flagship production of the Atlanta Film Society. One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases both emerging and established artists' works. Recent festivals have seen audiences of over 28,000 film-lovers joining over 300 attending filmmakers in support of moving images that push the boundaries of independent cinema.

The 2020 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition is devoted to finding the best screenplays from around the world and offering their authors the opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime writing workshop and mentorship with professionals in the film industry. Winners of the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition have gone on to be honored by The Black List, selected for the Sundance Directors' Lab, sign with representation, option their winning scripts, and write/direct critically and commercially successful indie films.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Incarnations Highlighted in 2019 Young & Hungry List and 2019 Hit List

Incarnations Highlighted in 2019 Young & Hungry List and 2019 Hit List

January 30, 2020 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been highlighted in a special section of The Tracking Board's 2019 Young & Hungry List and 2019 Hit List.

Each year, The Tracking Board works with industry voters to compile the Young & Hungry List, a list of the top 100 up-and-coming writers across the entertainment industry, and the Hit List, a list of the best spec scripts of the year.

Incarnations was recently a finalist in The Tracking Board's 2018/2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition, in exclusive partnership with Verve, Good Fear Film + Management, and Romark Entertainment.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death.


Screenplay for Incarnations Wins 2nd Place at Hamilton Film Festival

Screenplay for Incarnations Wins 2nd Place at Hamilton Film Festival

November 10, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has won 2nd place in the screenwriting contest at the 14th Annual Hamilton Film Festival. Winners were announced tonight at the Staircase Theatre where Incarnations also participated yesterday in the Canadian Film Market.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was also recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Welcome to the World Premieres in Mexico

Welcome to the World Premieres in Mexico

November 7, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Mexico at the 6th Festival Mundial de Cine de Veracruz (World Film Festival of Veracruz), running November 12-16, 2019. The film screens in Fiction Short Films Program 1 on Monday, November 11, 2019, 10am, at Instituto Tecnológico de Veracruz; Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5pm, at both the Instituto Tecnológico de Boca del Rio and Casa Ejidal Zempoala; and Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9pm, at La Moderna Xalapa.

The festival is presented in association with Fundación 500 años de la Vera Cruz A.C., a foundation commemorating the founding of the city of Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz by Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés when he arrived in Mexico on April 22, 1519. The foundation features commemorative activities that cover science, technology, fine arts, and popular culture.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Hamilton Film Festival

Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Hamilton Film Festival

November 6, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as one of 9 finalists for the 14th Annual Hamilton Film Festival. Winners will be announced Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 6pm, at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton. Incarnations will also participate in the Canadian Film Market on Saturday, November 9, 2019, also at the Staircase Theatre.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Argentinian Premiere of Welcome to the World

Argentinian Premiere of Welcome to the World

November 1, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Argentina at the 3rd Short Long World Festival, running November 7-10, 2019. The festival takes place at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Corrientes and the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste. The film screens alongside other LGBT+ short films from Puerto Rico, France, the Philippines, Brazil, and the United States.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Croatian Premiere for The Commitment at Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance

Croatian Premiere for The Commitment at Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance

October 28, 2019 — The Commitment will premiere in Croatia on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, hosted by the Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance.

Every month, the Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance hosts a public forum called "Why do we hate each other?", where special guests and audience members talk about the problem of hatred in contemporary Croatian society. This month's discussion topic will be adoption for gay people in Croatia.

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 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. 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 Jewish Film Festival Zagreb, in partnership with the City of Zagreb, established the Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance in May 2017. The mission is to create an environment for growth and development of an individual inspired by tolerance and acceptance of diversity, in particular the preservation of Holocaust remembrance. Through the power of social engagement and the arts, the center hopes to influence and change beliefs and opinions and raise awareness of intolerance and hatred when it comes to racism, discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, migrant issues, assimilation, and integration.


Pakistani Premiere of Welcome to the World at iSmart Film Festival

Pakistani Premiere of Welcome to the World at iSmart Film Festival

October 26, 2019 — Welcome to the World, shot on an iPhone 6 in one continuous 7-minute take for less than $140, will premiere in Pakistan on June 17, 2020, 7pm, in Karachi at the iSmart Film Festival, an international festival dedicated to celebrating work shot on smartphones.

iSmartfilms, Asia's first and the world's ninth smartphone filmmaking company, was created by Abid Beli in 2015 with the goal to discover, encourage, and accompany the talents of the world to share the stories they have captured on mobile devices and to provide smartphone filmmakers with a platform to exhibit these stories to a wider audience. iSmartfilms is committed to the democratization of cinema, supporting the use of the smartphone as an alternative means for an idea of quality to end on the screen.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Incarnations Selected as Quarterfinalist in Shore Scripts Screenplay Contest

Incarnations Selected as Quarterfinalist in Shore Scripts Screenplay Contest

October 25, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2019 Shore Scripts Screenplay Contest. Semifinalists will be announced on November 10, 2019, and winners will be announced on November 25, 2019.

With 36 Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and BAFTA winning judges, the contest's focus is to discover the best new screenwriting talent from around the world. Shore Scripts Screenplay Contest has helped launch the careers of 60+ writers through the feature contest, including deals with Sony, Blumhouse, Warner Bros., and Hulu.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Atlanta Festival

Actors Cast for Table Read of Incarnations, Screenplay Finalist for Atlanta Festival

October 24, 2019 — Atlanta-based actors Toya M. Nelson, Hosea M DeMarzino, and Kenisha Johnson have been cast for the table read of the feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations, a finalist for the 14th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival. The table read will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 10am, at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown.

Peachtree Village International Film Festival is hosted by The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name Sweet Auburn International Film Festival and has served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists in the film and entertainment industry. Artists such as actor/director Mario Van Peebles, actress Ruby Dee, director/writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, producer Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, director Malcolm Lee, casting director Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, casting director Kim Hardin, Emmy Award winning producer Dean Hargrove, casting director & producer Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, best-selling author Omar Tyree, actor Bill Nunn, director Kenny Leon, humanitarian Afeni Shakur, and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Welcome to the World Screens at Film Festival with Themes of Survival and Triumph Over Adversity

Welcome to the World Screens at Film Festival with Themes of Survival and Triumph Over Adversity

October 23, 2019 — Welcome to the World has been selected for the 2019 Overcome Film Festival, running October 23-29, 2019. Films and trailers can be viewed during the festival here.

The Overcome Film Festival is the international event for all storytellers, filmmakers, and artists to tell the world their stories of survival and triumph over adversity. The Overcome Film Festival especially encourages and welcomes the entries of filmmakers all over the world who want to share their experiences in overcoming adversity or any other factor that has contributed to their growth as a person and motivated them to celebrate their existence. It is the focus of the film festival to give survivors a voice and a venue to share their life experiences and provide hope to others regardless of where they come from in the world.

Subtitles are requested of all selected films as the focus of the festival is to include everyone, including hearing and physically impaired audience members.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Atlanta Festival

Incarnations Selected as Screenplay Finalist for Atlanta Festival

September 10, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as a finalist for the 14th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival. A table read of Incarnations will take place during the festival, which runs October 24-27, 2019.

Peachtree Village International Film Festival is hosted by The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name Sweet Auburn International Film Festival and has served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists in the film and entertainment industry. Artists such as actor/director Mario Van Peebles, actress Ruby Dee, director/writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, producer Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, director Malcolm Lee, casting director Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, casting director Kim Hardin, Emmy Award winning producer Dean Hargrove, casting director & producer Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, best-selling author Omar Tyree, actor Bill Nunn, director Kenny Leon, humanitarian Afeni Shakur, and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


British Premiere of Welcome to the World

British Premiere of Welcome to the World

September 10, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Britain at the 2019 Last Frame Smartphone Film Festival. The film screens Sunday, September 29, 2019, at 3:45pm at Leytonstone Library in London as part of the Queer DIY Filmmaking with Industry Professionals programme. Welcome to the World, shot on an iPhone 6, will screen alongside Sean Baker's Spirit-winning modern classic Tangerine, shot entirely on an iPhone 5S. Following the screenings, there will be a panel discussion with queer filmmakers and programmers looking at the relationship between DIY and queer filmmaking.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


The Finish Line Script Competition Selects Incarnations as Semifinalist

The Finish Line Script Competition Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

September 10, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2019 Finish Line Script Competition. Semifinalists will be announced on October 22, 2019, and winners will be announced on October 29, 2019.

Finish Line's winners and runners-up will receive extensive notes (and have the opportunity to rewrite and resubmit new drafts at no additional cost) from industry professionals, as well as getting valuable facetime with 35 mentors from the film & TV industry. This year's mentor list includes House of Lies writer Matthew Carnahan, development executive Owen Shiflett of Shudder & Sundance Now (AMC Networks), and HBO Entertainment Drama Co-Head Francesca Orsi.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


UK Premiere for The Commitment at Queerbee LGBT Film Festival

UK Premiere for The Commitment at Queerbee LGBT Film Festival

September 7, 2019 — The Commitment will have its UK premiere at London's Queerbee LGBT Film Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Genesis Cinema and Hackney Showroom.

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 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. 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.

Queerbee is an LGBTIQ community enterprise set up by filmmakers to curate queer short films and show them to new audiences in a fun and informative way. QueerBee is an LGBTQI Community Interest Company registered with Social Enterprise UK and Cinema For All.


Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations for Second-Round Consideration for 2020 Feature Film Program

Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations for Second-Round Consideration for 2020 Development Track

August 19, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected for second-round consideration for the Sundance Institute's 2020 Development Track of its Feature Film Program. Incarnations is under consideration for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, Sundance Institute Asian American Fellowship, and Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Commissioning Grant (for projects with scientific and/or technological content).

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan and creatively produced by Alice Cox Neff, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death.

Final selections for the 2020 Development Track will be made by December 16, 2019.

The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 that actively advances the work of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide.


Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition Announces Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition Announces Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

August 1, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been announced as a quarterfinalist in the 2019 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition, selected from 3,157 entrants.

Around since 1998, the Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition's past past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about an agnostic biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering startling scientific evidence of reincarnation, he sets off in search of him. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Rhode Island International Film Festival Selects Incarnations as Semifinalist

Rhode Island International Film Festival Selects Incarnations as Semifinalist

July 28, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Sixty-six films that were either premiered or discovered at hode Island International Film Festival have gone on to receive Oscar nominations. From this pool, ten have gone on to win the coveted award. In 2019, nine films from the 2018 Festival competed in the Best Live Action, Documentary, and Animated Short categories.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Spanish Premiere of Welcome to the World

Spanish Premiere of Welcome to the World

June 28, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Spain at the 6th Annual Shorty Week Film Festival. The film screens Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 12:45pm at the historic Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz as part of the Red de BARaderos programme.

In 1993, the Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz was declared Bien de Interés Cultural, a category of the heritage register in Spain. Now an exhibition center, this star-shaped 16th-century fortress was built after the Anglo-Dutch sacking of the city in 1596. Within stands a tiny 1683 chapel, and outside are beautiful panoramas across Playa de la Caleta.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Teaser for Incarnations Wraps Production

Teaser for Incarnations Wraps Production

June 14, 2019 — The teaser for the upcoming feature-length science-based film Incarnations has wrapped production.

The teaser features Anthony Robert Grasso as Dr. Thomas Hunter, a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The teaser also features Albert M. Chan as Dr. Leo Chen, a hip biostatistician and former student of Thomas.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Welcome to the World Returns to New York City

Welcome to the World Returns to New York City

June 11, 2019 — After screening on six continents, Welcome to the World returns home to New York City for the 6th Annual The Americas Film Festival of New York, running June 13-22, 2019. Welcome to the World is one of nine fiction short films in competition and will be presented in a block of shorts films alongside ones from Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Panama, and Guatemala, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 3pm, at the Center for Worker Education (CWE), 7th Floor Auditorium, at The City College of New York. The screening is free.

Welcome to the World previously screening in New York at NewFilmmakers New York, Asian American International Film Festival, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, My True Colors Festival, Crown Heights Film Festival, Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, and Long Island International Film Expo.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

The Americas Film Festival of New York represents the rich diversity of the cultures, languages and stories of North America, Central America, and South America along with their associated islands. The festival is a project of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) of The City College of New York (The City University of New York - CUNY), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The Americas Film Festival of New York aims to create a new culture of cinematography appreciation by providing a dynamic space for the public and artists to meet, reflect on multiculturalism and diversity in our society, while promoting the work of new and emerging filmmakers.


Welcome to the World Premieres in Peru

Welcome to the World Premieres in Peru

June 10, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Peru at Independientes Festival de Cortometrajesin Arequipa on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 5pm, at the Casa Blanca Centro Cultural. Casa Blanca Centro Cultural is a space for an avant-garde art in the Peruvian south, with exhibitions, festivals, screenings, talks, workshops, contests as well as an artist residency program where Peruvian and foreign artists can participate.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Central American Premiere of Welcome to the World

Central American Premiere of Welcome to the World

May 28, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Central America at the 2nd Annual Espacio Seis Festival de Cultura LGBTIQ+ in Panama City, running June 1-6, 2019. The theme this year is "Abriendo Caminos", or "Opening Roads".

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

The educational framework of Espacio Seis consists of three main pillars: LGBTIQ+ cinema; LGBTIQ+ art, such as drawings, paintings and photographs, installations and performances; and cultural talks, workshops, and panels on topics of current interest for LGBTIQ people and the general population.


Albert M. Chan Wins the Award for Best Performance at OutlantaCon for Welcome to the World

Albert M. Chan Wins the Award for Best Performance at OutlantaCon for Welcome to the World

May 23, 2019 — OutlantaCon has awarded lead actor Albert M. Chan Best Performance for his portrayal of a troubled man in . OutlantaCon, an Atlanta-based event for LGBTQIA geek audience, ran from May 10-12, 2019, at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta. The award-winning films at this year's festival will have a special additional screening in the historic Plaza Theater, Atlanta's oldest operating cinema.

Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) writes, "RIVETING... CHAN'S PERFORMANCE IS DEEPLY MOVING... LINGERS IN YOUR BRAIN LONG AFTER THE CLOSING CREDITS". Kirk Fernwood (One Film Fan) praises, "CHAN DOES A FANTASTIC JOB... DRAWING YOU IN WITH EVERY WORD... THE FINALE IS A STROKE OF CREATIVE BRILLIANCE AND ARTISTRY". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Now in its 11th year, OutlantaCon is Atlanta's LGBTQIA convention for sci-fi, pop-culture, multi-media, and gaming. The festival is for people who are not only coming to watch films but engage in discussion on issues relating to film, fandom and LGBTQIA issues around the globe.


WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Announces Incarnations as Semifinalist

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Announces Incarnations as Semifinalist

May 15, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been announced as a semifinalist in the Spring 2019 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab.

Judges' comments include: "The concept is original and intriguing... The characters and relationships are the strongest part of this story and it sets a strong foundation for plot... Dialogue is natural and conversational... powerful... refreshingly honest... The ending was incredibly emotive... It's satisfying in the way that it gives a sense of resolution for storylines and characters. There are meaningful messages that we're left with, that we've learnt along the journey with the characters... This is a well-written script by a talented writer. Overall the story is heartfelt, intriguing and entertaining."

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices encourages stories told by writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood. Finalists will be announced on June 15, 2019; and the Grand Prize and category winners will be announced on July 15, 2019. Four winners will be flown out to Los Angeles for mentorship and meetings with industry professionals in the Screenwriting Lab.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a grieving biologist who discovers startling scientific evidence revealing the fate of his deceased four-year-old son, launching him on a spiritual quest where life meets death. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


OutlantaCon Includes Welcome to the World in Lineup

OutlantaCon Includes Welcome to the World in Lineup

May 9, 2019 — OutlantaCon has selected Welcome to the World as part of its lineup this year. OutlantaCon, an Atlanta-based event for LGBTQIA geek audience, will screen the film on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 9pm, at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta in the Narratives Block. After the festival ends and the winners are announced, those films will have a special additional screening in the historic Plaza Theater, Atlanta's oldest operating cinema.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

Now in its 11th year, OutlantaCon is Atlanta's LGBTQIA convention for sci-fi, pop-culture, multi-media, and gaming. The festival is for people who are not only coming to watch films but engage in discussion on issues relating to film, fandom and LGBTQIA issues around the globe.

Last October, Welcome to the World had its Georgia premiere at the 31st Out on Film: Atlanta's LGBT Film Festival.


BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

March 26, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been announced as a quarterfinalist in the 21st Annual BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Semifinalists will be announced on April 9, 2019; finalists will be announced on April 30, 2019; and the winner will be announced on May 7, 2019.

Now in its 21st year, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition's past winners and finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca film festivals.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about an agnostic biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering startling scientific evidence of reincarnation, he sets off in search of him. The project was recently named a finalist for the Launch Pad Feature Competition and the Screencraft Film Fund.


Welcome to the World Premieres in Ecuador

Welcome to the World Premieres in Ecuador

March 16, 2019 — Welcome to the World will have its Ecuadorian premiere at FESCISA - Festival de Cine Independiente de San Antonio, running March 21-24, 2019. Welcome to the World is one of three short films in the social issue category, joining Bully from India and Dancing Without a House from Colombia. The festival takes place at Centro Cultural Daniel Reyes in San Antonio De Ibarra.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

FESCISA - Festival de Cine Independiente de San Antonio presents films of diverse genres, where subjects of humanity, social, solidarity, childhood, women, among others predominate.


Philadelphia Premiere for Welcome to the World

Philadelphia Premiere for Welcome to the World

March 13, 2019 — Welcome to the World will screen Thursday, March 28th, 2019, at qFLIX Philadelphia. Welcome to the World will play at 7:30pm in the session of LGBTQ+ short films by local Philly filmmakers and adopted qFLIX Philly filmmakers, called Philly Phamily Philms, in Connelly Auditorium at The University of the Arts. Co-director and lead actor Albert M. Chan is scheduled to be in attendance for a talkback.

Last October, Welcome to the World won the Audience Award for Favorite Short Film at sister festival qFLIX Worcester. Albert M. Chan's interracial gay adoption film The Commitment also screened at qFLIX Philadelphia last year.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

qFLIX Philadelphia is a production of qFLIX USA, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is rooted in 24 years of LGBTQ+ film festival leadership. Film as an international language allows qFLIX USA to foster, support, and give access to independent filmmakers and to encourage and nurture younger ones in the art of filmmaking.


Incarnations Named Finalist for Tracking Board Launch Pad Feature Competition

Incarnations Named Finalist for Tracking Board Launch Pad Feature Competition

March 6, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been announced as a Top 100 finalist in the 2018/2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition by The Tracking Board, in exclusive partnership with Verve, Good Fear Film + Management, and Romark Entertainment. The Top 25 will be announced on March 27, 2019; the Top 10 will be announced on April 9, 2019; and the 3 grand prize winners will be announced on April 23, 2019.

Now in its sixth year, the Launch Pad Competition has led to more than 403 signings, 134 projects set up, 61 writers staffed, 150 appearances on annual best of lists such as The Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List, as well as 6 bidding wars.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about an agnostic biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering startling scientific evidence of reincarnation, he sets off in search of him.


Incarnations Named Finalist for Screencraft Film Fund

Incarnations Named Finalist for Screencraft Film Fund

February 20, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has advanced to the finals for the Fall 2018 Screencraft Film Fund. Incarnations was amongst the 25 finalists, culled from over 1,000 entries. The top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Up to two filmmakers will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. Winners will be announced March 6, 2019.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about an agnostic biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering scientific evidence of reincarnation, he embarks on a journey to find his son.

Screencraft is a media consultancy that connects screenwriters with their network of industry pros.


Boston Cultural Council Awards Grant to Screen Welcome to the World

Boston Cultural Council Awards Grant to Screen Welcome to the World

February 13, 2019 — The non-profit organization MAP for Health has received a grant from the Boston Cultural Council to screen Welcome to the World and have a discussion and talk-back with LGBTQ youth and young adults about mental health, coming out, and suicide. Now in its 25th year of service, MAP for Health is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes healthy outcomes for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth and their communities in the greater Boston area. In addition to being a key resource for building HIV/AIDS awareness and delivering HIV prevention and education in the Asian community, MAP for Health is focused on youth development and safety of API youth, especially LGBTQ youth, and the widespread epidemic of hepatitis B in the API community.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."

The Boston Cultural Council works under the umbrella of the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston and distributes funds annually from the City of Boston and Mass Cultural Council that support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in Boston.


Incarnations Advances to Semifinals for Screencraft Film Fund

Incarnations Advances to Semifinals for Screencraft Film Fund

February 2, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has advanced to the semifinals for the Fall 2018 Screencraft Film Fund. Incarnations was amongst the approximately 20% of quarterfinalists that moved on to the next round. Up to two filmmakers will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. Winners will be announced March 6, 2019.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about an agnostic biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering scientific evidence of reincarnation, he embarks on a journey to find his son.

Screencraft is a media consultancy that connects screenwriters with their network of industry pros.


Welcome to the World Premieres on Sixth Continent: South America

Welcome to the World Premieres on Sixth Continent: South America

January 21, 2019 — Welcome to the World will premiere on its sixth continent, South America, at Festival Internacional de Cine del Mar Caribe (Caribbean Sea International Film Festival), on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am, on the island of Margarita in Venezuela. The film screens at Cines Unido Sambil Margarita in the LGBT Short Film category.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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"

Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves:

"CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT"

And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes:

"LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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."


Screencraft Film Fund Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

Screencraft Film Fund Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

January 2, 2019 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the Fall 2018 Screencraft Film Fund, culled from over a thousand applications. Up to two filmmakers will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. Winners will be announced March 6, 2019.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a successful biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering scientific evidence of reincarnation, he embarks on a journey to find his son.

Screencraft is a media consultancy that connects screenwriters with their network of industry pros.


Welcome to the World Nominated for Lead Actor and Smartphone Awards

Welcome to the World Nominated for Lead Actor and Smartphone Awards

December 24, 2018 — Welcome to the World has been nominated for Best Lead Actor in an English Language Short for Albert M. Chan's performance and for Best Smartphone Film at the upcoming Southern States Indie FanFilmFest in Biloxi, Mississippi. The film screens January 2, 2019, at 1:15pm at the Palace Casino Resort. Winners will be announced at the red carpet dinner and awards ceremony.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Italian Premiere of Welcome to the World at OMOVIES

Italian Premiere of Welcome to the World at OMOVIES

December 7, 2018 — Welcome to the World premieres in Italy at the 11th annual OMOVIES Festival Internazionale di Cinema LGBT e Questioning. The film kicks off the afternoon screenings on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 4pm, at Run Comunicazione in Naples. Free admission.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

OMOVIES is the first LGBT festival in southern Italy, and is a program of the i Ken ONLUS LGBT Association founded by Carlo Cremona and Marco Taglialatela. OMOVIES is a founding member of the CFCC (Coordinamento dei Festival Cinematografici della Campania).


Brooklyn Screening of Welcome to the World at Williamsburg Independent Film Festival

Brooklyn Screening of Welcome to the World at Williamsburg Independent Film Festival

November 15, 2018 — Welcome to the World returns to Brooklyn, its shooting location, for at the 9th Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, a festival in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The film screens November 16, 2018, at 6:45pm, at the historic Wythe Hotel Cinema in the shorts session It Runs in the Family. Co-director and actor Albert M. Chan will be in attendance.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Founded in 2010, the mission of the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival is to nurture and celebrate new and independent film makers in the mecca of hipster and progressive culture. Over the years, some of our participants have included Neil LaBute, Linda Hamilton, Jane Lynch, Carol Leifer, Michael Urie, Frank Whaley, Billie Joe Armstrong, Debra Messing, Julia Ormand, Fran Kranz, Cheyenne Jackson, Illeana Douglas, Skeet Ulrich, Cathy Moriarty, Keir Gilchrist, Chloe Dahl, Gail Lerner, Rene Balcer, Josh Hamilton, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Rob McClure, Aaron Lazar, Sean Young, Jordan Roth and Daryl Roth.


Welcome to the World Wins Award for Best LGBT Film

Welcome to the World Wins Award for Best LGBT Film

November 10, 2018 — Welcome to the World won the award for Best LGBT Film at this weekend's EyeCatcher Film Festival, a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival. The film screened at Great Balls of Fire Entertainment Center and the award was announced at Fat Mary's Lounge & Cabaret, southeast Oklahoma's only LGBT venue, in McAlester, Oklahoma.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


The Commitment Premieres in the Caribbean at Santo Domingo OutFest

The Commitment Premieres in the Caribbean at Santo Domingo OutFest

October 23, 2018 — The Commitment, known in Spanish as El compromiso, will have its Caribbean premiere at Santo Domingo OutFest on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 4:30pm, at the Centro Cultural de España en Santo Domingo. The film will be shown with Spanish subtitles translated by Marina Catalán.

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 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. 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 festival is coordinated by the Red de Voluntarios de Amigos Siempre Amigos (RevASA) and Amigos Siempre Amigos (ASA) and has the support of public, private and international cooperation institutions, as well as national community groups.


Screencraft Drama Screenplay Competition Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

Screencraft Drama Screenplay Competition Selects Incarnations as Quarterfinalist

October 22, 2018 — The feature-length science-based screenplay Incarnations has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2018 Screencraft Drama Screenplay Competition. Winners will be announced December 21, 2018.

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan, is about a successful biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering scientific evidence of reincarnation, he embarks on a journey to find his son.

Screencraft is a media consultancy that connects screenwriters with their network of industry pros.


Documentary MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride to Premiere in Boston

Documentary MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride to Premiere in Boston

October 20, 2018 — The documentary MAP for Health: 25 Years of Asian Pride will premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 12pm, at The Paramount Center. The film screens in the session Shorts: Out of Boston in the Bright Family Screening Room. Director, producer, and editor Albert M. Chan is scheduled to be in attendance, as well as director of photography Boguslaw Zdzieblo.

Immediately following the screening, Albert M. Chan will moderate a talkback with MAP for Health founding members Quynh Dang and Jennifer Matias at a wine and cheese reception at MAP for Health (322 Tremont Street).

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 inspirational story of a group of young Asian-Pacific Islanders who banded together in a grassroots effort to address a critical need in the Massachusetts Asian-Pacific Islander community during the AIDS crisis.

Albert M. Chan's previous films Welcome to the World, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future, and The Commitment also screened at the Boston Asian American Film Festival in 2017, 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. In 2018, the Boston Asian American Film Festival celebrates 10 years of "Connecting through Film."


European Premiere of Welcome to the World in Marseilles, France

European Premiere of Welcome to the World in Marseilles, France

October 20, 2018 — Welcome to the World premieres in its fifth continent, Europe, at the 11th annual ZeFestival - Festival du Film LGBT de Polychromes. The film screens in Marseilles, France, on Sunday, October 21, 2018, 11am, at Cinéma Pathé Madeleine. Click here for more details. ZeFestival is a program of Polychromes.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Welcome to the World Wins Audience Award at New England's LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Welcome to the World Wins Audience Award at New England's LGBTQ+ Film Festival

October 14, 2018 — Welcome to the World won the Audience Award for Favorite Short Film at qFLIX Worcester, New England's LGBTQ+ Film Festival, which was held October 11-14, 2018, at the historic 2,300-seat Hanover Theater, where co-director and lead actor Albert M. Chan was in attendance. Last year, Albert M. Chan's film The Commitment also won the Audience Award at qFLIX Worcester for Best Men's Short.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Welcome to the World to Screen at San Antonio QFest

World to the World to Screen at San Antonio QFest

October 13, 2018 — Welcome to the World continues its festival run at San Antonio QFest, and will screen Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 7:15pm, at City Base Cinema in the short film session Special Topics Shorts Package. Previously, co-director Albert M. Chan's film The Commitment screened at San Antonio QFest in 2016, where it was also nominated for Best Drama Short Film, Best Male Performance (Albert M. Chan) and Best Portrayal of an LBGT Minority (Albert M. Chan).

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

San Antonio QFest is committed to bringing awareness of the LGBTQ community to the greater San Antonio region by featuring cinematic works recognizing and celebrating a multicultural 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 7 years ago, this festival is held during LGBTQ History Month in order to promote the understanding and multicultural community that is the LGBTQ community.


Welcome to the World Returns to Massachusetts for qFLIX Worcester

Welcome to the World Returns to Massachusetts for qFLIX Worcester

October 12, 2018 — Welcome to the World will return to Massachusetts for qFLIX Worcester at the historic 2,300-seat Hanover Theater, in the Mixed Shorts Program on October 14, 2018, at 11am. Co-director and lead actor Albert M. Chan is scheduled to be in attendance.

Last year, Albert's film The Commitment won the Audience Award for Best Men's Short at qFLIX Worcester.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Georgia Premiere of Welcome to the World at Atlanta's Out on Film

Georgia Premiere of Welcome to the World at Atlanta's Out on Film

October 3, 2018 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Georgia at the 31st Out on Film: Atlanta's LGBT Film Festival, on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 1:30pm, at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. The film anchors a collection of short films in a session Welcome to the World, named after Albert's film.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Founded in 1987, Out on Film: Atlanta's LGBT Film Festival is one of the oldest and leading LGBT film festivals in the United States. A non-profit, tax-exempt 501c3 organization, Out On Film was created to inform, entertain, educate, and enrich the regional LGBT community by recognizing the creative work of these artists and professionals, many with local connections. Out On Film's popularity is accomplished in part by offering multi-racial and multi-cultural films, and over the years has been recognized locally, nationally, and globally for showcasing films by, for, and about the LGBT community.


Welcome to the World Returns to Oklahoma for Top Reviewed Festival

Welcome to the World Returns to Oklahoma for Top Reviewed Festival

October 1, 2018 — Welcome to the World returns to Oklahoma for the EyeCatcher Film Festival, a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival. The film screens Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 10am, at Great Balls of Fire Entertainment Center in McAlester, Oklahoma. Previously, Welcome to the World screened at GLITTER! Oklahoma LGBTQ Film Festival.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Brooklyn Screening of Welcome to the World at Crown Heights Film Festival

Brooklyn Screening of Welcome to the World at Crown Heights Film Festival

September 30, 2018 — Welcome to the World returns to Brooklyn, its shooting location, for at the 31st Crown Heights Film Festival, a festival in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The film screens on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 7pm, at FiveMyles an exhibition and performance space. The film screens in a collection of short films from Canada, USA, Iran, and Ireland. Co-director and actor Albert M. Chan will be in attendance. Admission is free.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

The Crown Heights Film Festival (CHFF) brings exceptional local and international short films to the Brooklyn audience. Founded in 2009 to bring the community together as it was rapidly changing due to gentrification, the festival attracts large, enthusiastic audiences to Crown Heights, one of Brooklyn's most beautiful and diverse neighborhoods.


African Premiere for Welcome to the World in Durban, South Africa

African Premiere for Welcome to the World in Durban, South Africa

September 22, 2018 — Welcome to the World will have its African premiere at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:30pm, in Durban, South Africa, in the session Queer Drama Short Film Mix. The session will repeat on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 5:30pm. Previously, co-director Albert M. Chan's film The Commitment screened at Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2013.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

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).


Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations and The Elucidation of Dr. Park for Second-Round Consideration for 2019 Feature Film Program

Sundance Institute Selects Incarnations and The Elucidation of Dr. Park for Second-Round Consideration for 2019 Development Track

August 13, 2018 — The feature-length science-based screenplays Incarnations and The Elucidation of Dr. Park have been selected for second-round consideration for the Sundance Institute's 2019 Development Track of its Feature Film Program. Incarnations and The Elucidation of Dr. Park are under consideration for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, Sundance Institute Asian American Fellowship, and Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Commissioning Grant (for projects with scientific and/or technological content).

Incarnations, written by Albert M. Chan and creatively produced by Alice Cox Neff, is about a successful biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son. After discovering scientific evidence of reincarnation, he embarks on a journey to find his son.

The Elucidation of Dr. Park, written by Alice Cox Neff and creatively produced by Albert M. Chan, focuses on Gena Park, an Asian-American academic super-star 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.

Final selections for the 2019 Development Track will be made by December 14, 2018.

The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 that actively advances the work of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide.


Welcome to the World Premieres in New Mexico at Taos Pride

Welcome to the World Premieres in New Mexico at Taos Pride

August 8, 2018 — Welcome to the World will premiere in New Mexico at Taos Pride Film Festival, part of a series of pride parties, events and performances in a vibrant and internationally famous arts community. The film screens on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 8pm as part of the shorts program at the Taos Community Auditorium at the Taos Center for the Arts. Tickets are $6.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Welcome to the World Picked Up by Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

Welcome to the World Picked Up by Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

August 2, 2018 — Produced and co-directed by Canadian Albert M. Chan, Welcome to the World has been picked up for distribution by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC). The listing for Welcome to the World on CFMDC's website can be viewed here.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre that has since grown and evolved into a world-renowned distributor of independent media art. CFMDC serves as an ambassador for Canadian artists and their work, creating distribution networks and opportunities at the local, national and international levels. The centre honours the collective history of avant-garde art film, while playing a key-role in determining a more contemporary definition of distribution in the digital milieu. Now in our 50th year, with 3700+ films in their catalogue by over 1000 members, CFMDC is one of the most enduring, respected, forward thinking, and engaged, distribution centres in Canada. CFMDC is supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


Welcome to the World Screens at Asian American International Film Festival in NYC

Welcome to the World Screens at Asian American International Film Festival in NYC

August 1, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen at the Asian American International Film Festival in NYC, the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans. The film screens on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 6pm as part of the shorts program Family Affairs, showcasing films that run the gamut of what it means to deal with family. The screening takes place at Village East Cinema, one of New York's last remaining Yiddish theatre buildings and a New York city designated landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Co-director and actor Albert M. Chan and actress Mary Niederkorn will be in attendance. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students and $16 for general admission, available here.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Chan's first film, Fate Scores, screened at the Asian American International Film Festival back in 2009.


Welcome to the World Premieres in Oklahoma

Welcome to the World Premieres in Oklahoma

July 26, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen at GLITTER! Oklahoma LGBTQ Film Festival on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 12pm, at Fat Mary's Lounge & Cabaret, southeast Oklahoma's only LGBT venue.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

GLITTER! Oklahoma LGBTQ Film Festival provides a diverse outlet for art in southeastern Oklahoma, showcasing micro shorts, shorts, documentaries, features, music videos, screenwriting, and photography. A legendary awards show hosted by one of the best female impersonators in the state, along with other amazing performers caps four days of events.


Long Island International Film Expo to Screen Welcome to the World

Long Island International Film Expo to Screen Welcome to the World

July 14, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen at the 12th Annual Long Island International Film Expo on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 3:45pm (Day 3, Screening Block 2), at the historic Bellmore Movies in Bellmore, New York. Co-director and actor Albert M. Chan and actress Mary Niederkorn are scheduled to be in attendance. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/children/students and are available here.

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 one continuous 7-minute shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... HOW HE SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT MAKES THIS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO SPEND–AND PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE–THE NEXT SEVEN MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE."

Presented by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission, the Long Island International Film Expo has been named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine. This year's festival will include over a hundred short and feature-length independent films from all over the world. Past guests include Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Billy Baldwin (Backdraft), Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Danny Aiello (Moonstruck), Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie), Steve Guttenberg (Cocoon), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Perfect Storm), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray, Huge), Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), and Robert Vaughn (Man from U.N.C.L.E.).


The Commitment Premieres on Fifth Continent: South America

The Commitment Premieres on Fifth Continent: South America

July 9, 2018 — The Commitment will premiere on its fifth continent, South America, at Festival Internacional de Cine LesBiGayTrans on July 12, 2018, at 7:20pm, at the Centro Cultural Juan De Salazar in Asunción, Paraguay. The film will be shown with Spanish subtitles translated by Marina Catalán. The film has previously screened in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

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 over 35 film festivals on five 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.

Founded in 2005, Festival Internacional de Cine LesBiGayTrans is the only LGBT festival in Paraguay, and has the support of more than 30 feminist, human rights and artists organizations.


Welcome to the World Selected as Finalist for Short Film Competition

Welcome to the World Selected as Finalist for Short Film Competition

June 27, 2018 — Welcome to the World has been selected to compete in the 2018 OUT HERE NOW SHORT FILM COMPETITION on the closing night of the 19th Annual OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. This popular annual closing night event takes place on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 5:45pm, at Tivoli Cinemas and features eleven short films, each under 10 minutes, that were selected to be this year's finalists by the jury. The audience in attendance that evening will watch and then rank each of the finalists. The filmmaker whose film earns the highest overall ranking will be awarded a cash prize.

The filmmaking team's previous effort The Commitment screened at OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival back in 2013.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival is presented by the Tivoli Cinemas and Arts Center and the Westport Regional Business League with support from the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourism & Development Fund.


Welcome to the World and The Commitment Both Selected for Official NYC Pride Event

Welcome to the World and The Commitment Both Selected for Official NYC Pride Event

March 17, 2018 — Welcome to the World and The Commitment will both screen during national LGBT Pride Month at My True Colors Festival, an official NYC Pride event. Both films screen on Friday, June 15, 2018, at 6:45pm at The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211). Welcome to the World co-director and The Commitment director Albert M. Chan is scheduled to be in attendance for a talkback after the screenings. Tickets are $15 and are available here.

The My True Colors Festival is an annual event fighting for social justice and promoting cultural diversity through the arts by presenting works in multiple disciplines that are for and by underrepresented multicultural LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual) storytellers. This year's festival will take place at various venues throughout Brooklyn, NY, including DUMBO's Made In NY Media Center by IFP.

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 one continuous shot, 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 and produced by Richard Possemato.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

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 35 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.

Since its launch in June 2015 as an official NYC Pride Event Partner, MTCF has presented over 100 screenings of film shorts, narratives, documentaries, and web series; stage plays; music performances; dance acts; visual arts; and, talkbacks/one-on-one conversations with high profile artists like ABC Black-ish co-star Jennifer Lewis.


Welcome to the World Screens in Home Province of Co-Director

Welcome to the World Screens in Home Province of Co-Director

June 4, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen in co-director and writer Albert M. Chan's home province of Ontario, Canada, at the Queer North Film Festival in Sudbury, Ontario. The film screens on Friday, June 15, at 5:15pm, at the McEwen School of Architecture as part of the Best Of Queer Shorts 1 programme. For tickets and more information, visit here.

One member of the festival selection committee writes, "I had the privileged of reviewing your video as one of the submissions... I wanted to tell you that I personally found it to be quite moving. As a survivor of suicide myself I identified strongly with the main character. I want to personally commend you for being extremely courageous in how raw you made the film. I hope that you can accept my sincerest congratulations on a job extremely well done. Bravo!"

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Queer North Film Festival is the only queer film festival in northern Ontario and also supports the development of Northern Ontario's aspiring and emerging LGBT filmmakers through a youth digital storytelling workshop and an industry programme. The festival is produced by Sudbury Indie Cinema, a not-for-profit co-op incorporated in 2014 that brings world-class independent cinema to northern Ontario on a year-round basis.


Hometown Premiere in Brooklyn for Welcome to the World

Hometown Premiere in Brooklyn for Welcome to the World

June 7, 2018 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 8:30pm as part of the The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival at Maroney Theatre at St. Francis College. The film screens as part of the Oh, The Humanity shorts session, featuring revealing films about deep and personal struggles, joyous moments, and the vulnerabilities that connect us all. Brooklyn-based co-director and actor Albert M. Chan and actress Mary Niederkorn will be in attendance. Tickets are $15 and available here; use the code 18AOBFF to receive 20% off.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Founded in 2011, The Art of Brooklyn is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that curates a conversation between the new, Brooklyn-based art community, immigrants, transplants and those born and raised in the borough. The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the flagship indie film event of Brooklyn and is the ONLY international, independent festival in the world exclusively devoted to Brooklyn's vibrant film and media scene. Work from all over the world is accepted, as long as it's connected to the borough in some way (e.g. cast/crew, production, content, theme, setting, etc.). The Art of Brooklyn is also the only indie film festival to build and program our own video-on-demand streaming platform: Brooklyn On Demand, where we broadcast festival favorites, original series and more, online and on a Roku channel with over 17,000 subscribers, alongside Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.


NewFilmmakers New York to Screen Welcome to the World At Anthology Film Archives

NewFilmmakers New York to Screen Welcome to the World At Anthology Film Archives

June 6, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen at the internationally recognized screening series NewFilmmakers New York on Wednesday, June 6, 7pm, at Anthology Film Archives on the Lower East Side. The film will screen in a program of four short films running from 7-8pm. Tickets are $7 and are good for the whole night. Tickets go on sale at 5:30PM the night of screening at the Anthology Box Office and are available all night; there is no advanced or online sales.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

NewFilmmakers is New York's longest running and most popular screening series. The NewFilmmakers Screening Series selects films and videos often overlooked by traditional film festivals. NewFilmmakers NY screens every week and sometimes more at Anthology Film Archives and usually has its Documentary Series at 6pm, Short Film Program at 7pm, and Feature Presentations at 8pm. The NewFilmmakers Series began in 1998 and over the past eighteen teen years has screened over 800 feature and 2,500 short films. In 2000, they brought the Havana Film Festival to New York and 2002 they started NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Many well-known shorts and features including Blair Witch and Too Much Sleep have had their initial screenings at NewFilmmakers.

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.


Houston to Host Texas Premiere of Welcome to the World

Houston to Host Texas Premiere of Welcome to the World

June 1, 2018 — Welcome to the World will premiere in Texas at the 2018 Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival on Monday, June 4, at 6:30pm at the Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College–Spring Branch. The film screens in the session Strength Through Intimacy. Admission is free. For tickets and more information, visit here.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Started in 2004 by OCA-Greater Houston, the Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival, or HAAPIFEST, was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of AAPI culture, food, and family, to support AAPI artists and filmmakers, and to share the untold AAPI experience for the Greater Houston metropolitan area through "edutainment". Today, HAAPIFEST is an immersive, multi-day celebration of film, music, and art, showcased by a dedicated committee of volunteers. The mission of HAAPIFEST is to promote and develop Asian and Asian American innovators in the film and entertainment industry, promote Houston as a cultural destination for the arts, and educate the AAPI and wider communities through the visual storytelling of Asians and Asian Americans.


Sacramento Premiere of Welcome to the World at California Museum

Sacramento Premiere of Welcome to the World at California Museum

May 18, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 7:30pm, at the California Museum, the official California state history museum. The film screens in a segment of narrative short films from 7:30-8:20pm within Show 2 – RESISTANCE which runs from 5-10pm. Tickets provide access to all films within Show 2, and can be purchased here.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Since 2013, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival has been a champion of independent films featuring the works of Asian Pacific Islanders in front of and behind the camera. The signature event of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival serves alongside a continuum of events and programming in support of traditional and contemporary Asian and Pacific Islander artistic expression within the Sacramento Region.

A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, the California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California's rich history, its diversity and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. Through interactive experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make a mark on history.


Rhode Island Screening of Welcome to the World

Rhode Island Screening of Welcome to the World

April 27, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen in Rhode Island tonight at the Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, RI at Rhodywood Studio. The film screens on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 8:30pm as part of the LGBT Shorts session. Co-director and actor Albert M. Chan and actress Mary Niederkorn will be in attendance.

The filmmaking team's previous efforts Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future, The Commitment and Fate Scores screened at Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival back in 2015, 2013 and 2009 respectively. The festival awarded Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future with Best Regional Film and The Commitment with both the Jury Award and Audience Award for Best LGBT Film.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

As one of the longest-running film, music and arts festivals in the country, the Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival has established itself as one of the premier festivals in New England dedicated to giving life to independent cinema, music and art. The festival was recently selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine's Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.


The Commitment to Premiere in Poland

The Commitment to Premiere in Poland

April 19, 2018 — The Commitment is an Official Selection of the 9th LGBT Film Festival, taking place at venues across Poland. The Commitment screens in the session Gay Shorts II on April 22, 2018, 8pm, in Warsaw's Kinoteka; on April 25, 2018, 5pm, in Katowice's Kosmos Cinema; on April 26, 2018, 6pm, in Warsaw's Kinoteka; and on May 11, 2018, 7:30pm, at Łódź-Przytulne's Kino Przytulne.

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 over 35 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 LGBT Film Festival is one of the most important events on the cultural map of Poland. It takes place every year and became the biggest celebration of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cinema in the country.


Northwest Premiere of Welcome to the World in Oregon

Northwest Premiere of Welcome to the World in Oregon

April 19, 2018 — Welcome to the World will have its northwest premiere at the 13th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 2:40pm, at the University of Oregon Redwood Auditorium. The film screens in the session Shorts Session #1: The Asian Man.

Co-director Albert M. Chan's previous films Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future and The Commitment also screened at DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon in 2015 and 2013.

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon is a social justice film festival that takes place in Eugene, Oregon. It is dedicated to deconstructing the media stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans as "Orientals", and promoting the power of film-as-art to educate, heal and improve the lives of people by giving voice to our experiences. 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. DisOrient is a program of the Chinese American Benevolent Association (CABA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural arts organization that also runs a youth group (Chinese Lion Dance Troupe), which is comprised of middle school, high school, and college age students. CABA also offers college scholarships for local Asian American youth and aspiring filmmakers.

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 one continuous 7-minute shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... HOW HE SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT MAKES THIS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO SPEND–AND PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE–THE NEXT SEVEN MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE."


Filmmakers Return to Boston International Film Festival for Welcome To The World Screening

Filmmaker Returns to Boston International Film Festival for Welcome to the World Screening

April 15, 2018 — Filmmaker Albert M. Chan will return to the Boston International Film Festival on April 15, 2018, to present Welcome to the World. The film screens in Session 27 at Kendall Square Cinema prior to the feature film Juveniles. Scheduled to be present for a Q&A are Chan, who wrote and co-directed the film, and 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 one continuous shot, 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 and produced by Richard Possemato.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Chan has a long-standing relationship with the festival, now in its 16th year. In 2015, the festival screened Chan's Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future; Chan attended the screening that year along with lead actress and Golden Globe nominee Tina Chen. In 2013, the festival screened Chan's The Commitment. In 2009, Chan attended the festival's Boston premiere of Fate Scores, written, directed, and produced by Chan. In 2006, the festival premiered the psychological thriller Interrogation, featuring Chan in the supporting role of Lieutenant Charles David Han.


Welcome to the World Returns to Missouri for Kansas City FilmFest

Welcome to the World Returns to Missouri for Kansas City FilmFest

April 12, 2018 — Welcome to the World will screen at Kansas City FilmFest on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 12:20pm, in the session Short Narrative: World Around Us, at Cinemark Palace at the Plaza. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Co-director Albert M. Chan's previous film The Commitment also screened at Kansas City FilmFest in 2013.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

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.


Asian Premiere for Welcome to the World in India

Asian Premiere for Welcome to the World in India

March 13, 2018 — Welcome to the World will have its Asian premiere in India at Out & Loud: International Queer Film Festival on April 7, 2018, at 12:33pm, at The Monalisa Kalagram.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

The Out & Loud: International Queer Film Festival, powered by MIST, is an annual event showcasing handpicked queer films from over the world. The festival will also be an open platform for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer) to voice their concerns in a social-friendly environment.

Mist is a 8-year-old LGBTQ collective. Started in Bengaluru in 2010, it now has members in and Hyderabad. Mist organizes events in various cities in collaboration with local groups. It also has a vibrant online presence supporting its events on the ground. Mist aims to build stronger bonds within the queer community and with our allies.


Australian Premiere for Welcome to the World

Australian Premiere for Welcome to the World

March 27, 2018 — Welcome to the World will have its Australian premiere at Short + Sweet Film Festival Queensland at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. The film will screen in the first of two heats, taking place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 7pm. Gala Finalists will be announced after each heat and will screen at the Gala Finals the weekend of May 11-13, 2018, at New Farm Cinemas. Winners of the Best Film and People's Choice will receive the opportunity to showcase their films at the International Gala Final that is to be held at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on August 24, 2018.

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 one continuous shot, 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 and produced by Richard Possemato.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Welcome to the World Wins Award in Alabama

Welcome to the World Wins Award in Alabama

April 2, 2018 — Welcome to the World was one of two award winners at this year's Troy International Film Festival, which took place on March 29, 2018, at the Claudia Crosby Theater in Troy, Alabama. Out of 19 films from the US, Iran, Belgium, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Greece, Japan, and the UK, Welcome to the World won the award for Best Smartphone Film. The festival is organized by the Troy University Cinematography Society.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


Welcome to the World to Premiere in the Southern US

Welcome to the World to Premiere in the Southern US

March 28, 2018 — Welcome to the World will have its southern US premiere tomorrow, March 29, 2018, at the Troy International Film Festival, held at the Trojan Center Theater in Troy, Alabama. The festival is organized by the Troy University Cinematography Society.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".


The Commitment Officially Selected for qFLIX Philadelphia

The Commitment Officially Selected for qFLIX Philadelphia

March 22, 2018 — The Commitment will screen Saturday, March 24th, 2018, at qFLIX Philadelphia. The Commitment will play at 5pm prior to Bi China in Connelly Auditorium at The University of the Arts. Director and lead actor Albert M. Chan is scheduled to be in attendance for a talkback.

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.

qFLIX Philadelphia is a production of qFLIX USA, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is rooted in 24 years of LGBTQ+ film festival leadership. Film as an international language allows qFLIX USA to foster, support, and give access to independent filmmakers and to encourage and nurture younger ones in the art of filmmaking.


Midwest Premiere for Welcome to the World at QFest St. Louis

Midwest Premiere for Welcome to the World at QFest St. Louis

February 21, 2018 — Welcome to the World heads to Missouri to screen at QFest St. Louis on April 5, 2018, at 9pm, at the .ZACK Theatre in the Grand Center Arts District. The film will be screened in the short film block Queer Shorts 2: Adam. Co-director Albert M. Chan's award-winning film The Commitiment played at QFest in 2013.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Now in its 10th year, QFest, Saint Louis' LGBTQ Film Festival, creates a convergence of art and the LGBTQ community by bringing the very best in contemporary queer cinema to the St. Louis region. The primary mission of the festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and celebrate queer culture. QFest is produced by Cinema St. Louis, which also produces the Academy-Award qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival.


Welcome to the World to Premiere in Ontario

Welcome to the World to Premiere in Ontario

February 9, 2018 — Welcome to the World will have its Ontario premiere at the Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival at noon on February 10, 2018, at The Screening Room in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The film plays in the session Queerly Canadian Shorts Program, a collection of experimental and traditional narrative and documentaries that explore queer identities across Canada. Co-director, writer, and actor Albert M. Chan is a native of Ontario, Canada.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT". And Rachel Pullen (UK Film Review) writes, "LEADING MAN ALBERT M. CHAN... PLAYS AN EMOTIONALLY RAW MAN WITH A GRACE AND EASE THAT IS OFTEN ONLY SEEN WITHIN SOME OF THE MOST HIGH END ACTORS... 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".

Founded in 1999 by Marney McDiarmid, Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival is now in its 18th year. In 2006, the festival was honoured with the Queen's University Human Rights Initiative Award for their contribution to the community. In 2007, the Reelout Arts Project Inc. became a registered charitable organization and a member of Volunteer Canada and in 2008 established the Reelout in Schools Project specializing in diversity and gender diversity education.


Welcome to the World Review: Packs a Huge Punch

Welcome to the World Review: "Packs a Huge Punch"

February 4, 2018 — UK Film Review published a highly favorable review today of Welcome to the World. Rachel Pullen writes, "Leading man Albert M. Chan... plays an emotionally raw man with a grace and ease that is often only seen within some of the most high end actors". She adds that the film "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". 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. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, the film presents, in one continuous shot, 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.

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". Max White (OC Movie Reviews) raves, "CHAN GIVES A GRIPPING, HEARTFELT AND SINCERE PERFORMANCE WHICH PLUNGES YOU INTO THE MURKY WATERS OF MODERN HUMANITY AND MASCULINITY... SQUEEZES SO MUCH RAW EMOTION INTO A SINGLE SHOT".


Welcome to the World Review: Chan Gives a Gripping, Heartfelt and Sincere Performance

Welcome to the World Review: "Chan Gives a Gripping, Heartfelt and Sincere Performance"

January 10, 2018 — Operation Condor reviewer Max White praises Albert M. Chan's performance in Welcome to the World: "Chan gives a gripping, heartfelt and sincere performance which plunges you into the murky waters of modern humanity and masculinity before you get to glimpse the surface light again." Referring to the fact that the film is shot in one continuous 7-minute take, he writes, "How he squeezes so much raw emotion into a single shot makes this the best possible way to spend–and put into perspective–the next seven minutes of your life." 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. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, the film presents, in one continuous shot, 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.

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".


Ugandan Organizers Reschedule The Commitment After Police Raid

Ugandan Organizers Reschedule The Commitment After Police Raid

December 23, 2017 — Determined to complete the second edition of the Queer Kampala International Film Festival after an unlawful police raid, organizers have announced that The Commitment will now have its Ugandan premiere on December 29, 2017. New venue details will be communicated privately to trusted community members. For security purposes, live updates and photos will not be allowed during the event.

On December 9, Ugandan police raided and forcibly closed the Queer Kampala International Film Festival, the first ever and only LGBTQI themed film festival to open up in Uganda. The festival featured films and documentaries portraying the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people. Police offered no formal legal basis for forcibly shutting down the festival. The festival organizer, Kamoga Hassan, told Human Rights Watch that the opening night was successful. A large audience responded positively to the films, he said, which included stories of LGBTIQ people coming to terms with their identities, fighting discrimination, engaging in activism, and falling in love. Organizers had hoped the stories shown during the festival would help to educate Ugandans about communities that face discrimination and marginalization in their country.

On December 9, shortly before the films began, organizers received a tip-off that police intended to raid the festival and arrest participants if they did not disband. The organizers asked participants to leave. Shortly thereafter, three police officers entered the venue and told organizers that they were shutting down the festival because the films – many of which have received international acclaim – were "pornographic," Hassan said.

Uganda's criminal code includes a colonial-era law prohibiting "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" with possible sentences of up to life in prison. The law very rarely leads to prosecutions, but police have used it as a pretext to shut numerous events targeting LGBT audiences and their allies over the past several years, such as the entire 2017 annual Pride Week scheduled events, parades and a fashion show in previous Pride Weeks, and a human rights education workshop in 2012.

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.

Previously, The Commitment screened in Africa at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.


Ugandan Police Shut Down Festival Before The Commitment Screened

Ugandan Police Shut Down Festival Before The Commitment Screened

December 15, 2017 — The Commitment did not have its planned Ugandan premiere at Queer Kampala International Film Festival on December 10, 2017. On December 9, Ugandan police raided and forcibly closed the Queer Kampala International Film Festival, the first ever and only LGBTQI themed film festival to open up in Uganda. The festival featured films and documentaries portraying the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people. Police offered no formal legal basis for forcibly shutting down the festival. Organizers are determined to complete the festival and communicate a new date and venue to trusted community members.

The festival organizer, Kamoga Hassan, told Human Rights Watch that the opening night was successful. A large audience responded positively to the films, he said, which included stories of LGBTIQ people coming to terms with their identities, fighting discrimination, engaging in activism, and falling in love. Organizers had hoped the stories shown during the festival would help to educate Ugandans about communities that face discrimination and marginalization in their country.

On December 9, shortly before the films began, organizers received a tip-off that police intended to raid the festival and arrest participants if they did not disband. The organizers asked participants to leave. Shortly thereafter, three police officers entered the venue and told organizers that they were shutting down the festival because the films – many of which have received international acclaim – were "pornographic," Hassan said.

Uganda's criminal code includes a colonial-era law prohibiting "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" with possible sentences of up to life in prison. The law very rarely leads to prosecutions, but police have used it as a pretext to shut numerous events targeting LGBT audiences and their allies over the past several years, such as the entire 2017 annual Pride Week scheduled events, parades and a fashion show in previous Pride Weeks, and a human rights education workshop in 2012.

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.

Previously, The Commitment screened in Africa at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.


Welcome to the World to Premiere in Canada

Canadian Premiere of Welcome to the World

November 28, 2017 — Welcome to the World will have its Canadian premiere at the Image+Nation Festival Film LGBTQueer Montrealon November 28, 2017, at 6pm. Co-director, writer, and actor Albert M. Chan is a native of Canada.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Image+Nation Festival Film LGBTQueer Montreal is Canada's oldest LGBT film festival. Welcome to the World will be screened at District Vidéo Lounge as part of a celebration of the festival's 30th anniversary.

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 one continuous shot, 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.

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".


Romania to Present Eastern European Premiere of The Commitment

Romania to Present Eastern European Premiere of The Commitment

November 19, 2017 — The Commitment will have its Eastern European premiere at the Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on November 20, 2017, at 9:30pm at Flying Circus, an alternative meeting point for people supporting the alternative culture with all its aspects. For a synopsis of The Commitment in Romanian, click here.

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.


Ugandan Premiere of The Commitment

Ugandan Premiere of The Commitment

November 7, 2017 — The Commitment will have its Ugandan premiere at Queer Kampala International Film Festival on December 10, 2017, at 7:40pm. Held in the capital city, Queer Kampala International Film Festival is the first ever and only LGBTQI themed film festival to open up in Uganda.

In a country as highly homophobic as Uganda, a number of security measures will be in place, including the security screening of attendees, keeping the venues secret until a few hours before each screening, and changing venues for each screening.

Previously, The Commitment screened in Africa at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film 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

October 21, 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.


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.


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).