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Upcoming Screenings

Asian Heritage Month Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
May 28, 2017 @ 1pm

Reviews

"The acting is pitch perfect and Chan and Chen turn in wonderful performances."
–Philip Smolen
Rogue Cinema

"Paced beautifully and told with intelligence and wisdom."
–Richard Propes
The Independent Critic

"Subtle and poetic."
–Theo Alexander
Unsung Films

"Chan’s careful compositions carry a wonderful emotional impact... a beautiful cinematic tone poem."
–Philip Smolen
Rogue Cinema

"Emotionally resonant."
–Richard Propes
The Independent Critic

"A sweet and revealing insight."
–Philip Smolen
Rogue Cinema

About The Film

Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future is a dramatic short film about an expectant father who must deal with his family's past in order to face the future. This compelling and heartfelt film explores the sacrifices immigrant families make and the powerful bond that ties all generations of a family together—living, deceased, and yet to come.

Our team's distinctions and honors include a Golden Globe® nomination, two Emmy® nominations, and a Drama Desk nomination, and we have worked on such projects as The Dark Knight, Three Days of the Condor, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, 30 Rock, Cold Case, House MD, Law & Order SVU, Bee Movie, The Simpsons Movie, Body of Proof, Underdog, and Brotherhood. [MORE]

Cast

 

Tina Chen

Tina Chen

"Ellen"

Tina Chen is a Golden Globe®, Emmy® and Drama Desk nominee. Tina's films include The Hawaiians, playing opposite Charlton Heston, for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination; Alice's Restaurant (dir. Arthur Penn), opposite Arlo Guthrie; Three Days of the Condor, opposite Robert Redford; the award-winning indie film, Face, directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan; and Almost Perfect playing opposite Kelly Hu, Roger Rees and Edison Chen. Tina has guest starred on numerous TV shows and has played opposite such actors as Max von Sydow, Anthony Quinn, Burt Reynolds, Ernest Borgnine, Wayne Rogers, and David Carradine. Tina was nominated for an Emmy® for her performance in the CBS Playhouse special, The Final War of Olly Winter opposite Ivan Dixon.

On stage, Tina has played leading roles in many productions on and off Broadway including Empress of China, Comfort Women, The Shanghai Gesture, The Joy Luck Club, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arthur & Leila, The Year of the Dragon, and David Henry Hwang's Family Devotions. Tina has directed plays at various theaters in New York, including Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s production of Fairy Bones starring Lucy Liu in her stage debut. Tina 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.

Her talk, Heroes of History: Legacy of My Chinese Family, with 157 pictures, is about three generations of her mother's family and their contributions to the history of China.

Tina is also a composer. Four of her songs were recently presented at The Mirror Repertory Company in Greensboro, VT: a Christmas carol called This Tree ( lyrics by Ruth Wolff), which had its premiere with the Hong Kong Children's Choir at its Silver Jubilee; a Hanukkah song called Eight Nights (lyrics by YiLing Chen-Josephson); Words Never Said (lyrics by Diane Winslow); and Mother Life (lyrics by Tina Chen).

In the beginning of her acting career, Tina simultaneously did research in the Serology & Genetics Lab of the New York Blood Center. She also started Food Liberation, one of the first health food stores in NYC.

Tina is a volunteer reader to the sight-impaired at the Lighthouse International. She is also on the National Council of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Over the course of her career, Tina has received among others, the following awards: Urban Stages 25th Anniversary Award for Artistic Brilliance, Women’s Projects Women of Achievement Award, Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award and the Anna Mae Wong Award given by Asian Fashion Designers of LA.


Albert M. Chan

Albert M. Chan

"Andrew"

Albert M. Chan is a Chinese-Canadian actor and filmmaker now based in the United States. Albert's film and TV roles include 30 Rock (NBC), Law & Order SVU (NBC), Body of Proof (ABC), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Makeover (ABC), and Brotherhood (Showtime). He has been cast by directors such as Spike Lee, Greg Mottola, Henry Bromell, and Mark Waters to act opposite Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Justin Long, Larry David, Cybill Shepherd, and Mariska Hargitay.

As a filmmaker, Albert is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant and a finalist for the prestigious Roy W. Dean Film Grant, awarded to films that are "unique and make a contribution to society…stories that can heal and enrich our lives." He wrote, directed, and produced his first film, Fate Scores, an experimental silent film which was recognized by the prestigious National Film Board of Canada and acquired by Moving Images Distribution (formerly Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West) after a successful festival run. He directed and starred in his follow-up film, The Commitment, which screened at over 25 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. Albert's third film, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future, stars Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen.

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