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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]

Crew

 

Albert M. Chan

Albert M. Chan

Writer/Director/Executive Producer

Albert M. Chan is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker and actor now based in the United States. Among his distinctions, he has been recognized by the National Film Board of Canada, is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant, and was named a finalist for the prestigious Roy W. Dean Film Grant, awarded to films that are "unique and make a contribution to society...stories that can heal and enrich our lives."

Albert wrote, directed, and produced his first film, Fate Scores, which was recognized by the prestigious National Film Board of Canada 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.

Also an accomplished actor, 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.

www.AlbertMChan.com
www.ChanalProductions.com


Cira Felina Bolla

Cira Felina Bolla

Cinematographer/Producer

Cira Felina Bolla is an Emmy®-nominated cinematographer whose work has been screened at some of the world’s premier film festivals, including Cannes and Toronto.

Bolla completed her undergraduate work at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts, Film & Television). In 2005, Cira’s passion for the camera resulted in a prestigious appointment with the Women in Film Cinematography Fellowship. Thereafter, she closely studied her craft on the set of the Emmy®-winning House M.D. television series, where she trained with the distinguished veteran cinematographer, Roy H. Wagner, A.S.C. (former student of Ansel Adams). In 2006, Cira received an Emmy® nomination, and later that year in December she became the first female cinematographer to be featured on the cover of the 30-year industry magazine P3 Production Update.

Cira’s feature work includes second unit on the New Line Cinema film Birth, starring Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, and Danny Huston; second unit on Beyond, starring Jon Voight and Dermot Mulroney; and cinematographer on Life of Lemon, starring Dan Lauria and Rachel Miner. Her commercial and music video clients include Newcastle Beer, Mentos, Samsung, MTV, and VH1.


Ryan Leach

Ryan Leach

Composer

Ryan Leach is an American composer for film and television. His music has been heard on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV, and Disney.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Film Scoring, Ryan made the move to Los Angeles. He began his LA career working for composer Michael A. Levine at Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer’s facility in Santa Monica.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Film Scoring, Ryan made the move to Los Angeles. He began his LA career working for composer Michael A. Levine at Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer’s facility in Santa Monica.

He has scored over a dozen feature films including Pastor Shepherd starring Danny Trejo (Robert Rodriguez’s Machete), Serbian film Skinning co-starring Bojana Novakovic (M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil), and Anacapa by writer/director Nicholas Tolkien.

In 2010 Ryan won Best Original Score from the Maverick Movie Awards for his score to Devils Racecourse. Previous winners include Philip Glass and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

Other credits include writing additional music for Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit shows Cold Case and Close to Home, technical score assistance on Bee Movie (score by Rupert Gregson-Williams), The Simpsons Movie and The Dark Knight (scores by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard), and original music and arrangements for the Disney Princess homepage.

Ryan currently works as a freelance composer from his studio in LA, writing original music for feature-length and short films, commercials, and new media.

www.RyanLeach.com


Aaron HowlandAaron Howland

Aaron Howland & Seth Howland

Producers

Brothers Aaron Howland and Seth Howland co-founded the film production company 7 Fluid Oz. Productions LLP in 2001. Since then, they have worked on a wide range of film projects.

Aaron and Seth produced On the Way, a feature-length documentary about Milwaukee singer, songwriter, and guitarist Peter Mulvey, with Aaron additionally directing and editing the film. They also produced the feature-length dramatic film Interrogation, written and directed by John Chase (Venice Underground) and executive produced by Jeff Most (The Crow), with Aaron also editing the film. Interrogation premiered at the Boston International Film Festival. The Howland brothers have also worked on comedies, acting as producers for the award-winning film Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective. Seth produced and Aaron directed and edited the critically acclaimed satire The Albino Code, which was featured on CNN, MSNBC, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight and screened at numerous film festivals. They served as associate producers for Fate Scores, their first collaboration with Albert M. Chan, which was recognized by the National Film Board of Canada. Most recently, they produced The Commitment, which has won numerous awards and screened at over 25 film festivals on four continents. Aaron also edited Fate Scores and The Commitment.

Aaron and Seth are also founders and judges of The Boston Motion Picture Awards, a group of international film and screenwriting competitions. Judges have included Stephen Root (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Finding Nemo, Office Space, King of the Hill), Cirroc Lofton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls, Kim Possible). Past winners have emerged from countries including Australia, Canada, and India.

www.7FluidOz.com


Alma Aron Baumwoll

Alma Aron Baumwoll

Production Designer

Alma Baumwoll is a teacher, writer, dancer, crafter, and filmmaker. She earned her degree in English Literature after attending Smith College, Boston University, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. After receiving her publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute, she received a graduate degree in Biology at Northeastern University. She is currently on the faculty at The Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, MA.

Alma's poetry has been published by Arrowsmith Press, Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue, and Compass Press, and her first young-adult science-fiction novel is working its way to publication. She dances for Alisia Waller’s And So No Sin Performance Troupe, dedicated to the creation and performance of original works of art drawing from the traditions of postmodern dance, stage combat, pantomime, ballet, performance art and theatrical dance. As a weaver she sold scarves under the name Cherrywood Loom. As a bookbinder, she sells notebooks and purses created from discarded, hard-cover books through her company Hardcopy Art.

As a filmmaker, Alma served as associate producer for the psychological feature Interrogation, executive produced by Jeff Most (The Crow) and premiering at the Boston International Film Festival. She was also an associate producer for comedy The Albino Code, which garnered national attention from CNN, MSNBC, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight, and furthermore she produced, directed, wrote, and edited Magic Albeeno Trickery: The Making of The Albino Code. Alma has also held a variety of roles in the art department, camera department, and casting department for various other film projects. Most recently, she was production designer for the award-winning film The Commitment, which has screened at over 20 film festivals on four continents.


Brian D. Evans

Brian D. Evans

Associate Producer

Brian grew up in the small town of Ludlow, Massachusetts. He began his acting career several years ago making four-hour commutes to New York City to attend auditions and acting classes, where he found a passion for acting and making movies. More recently, Brian has been involved in numerous films in the Boston area. He’s starred in horror shorts such as All Hell and comedies such as Thief Jerky, part of the Best of Boston selection for the 48 Hour Film Project. Most recently Brian produced, wrote and starred in the short film Paper View.

Brian is also an extremely successful internet marketing entrepreneur. He is a highly sought after consultant who spends his time managing projects, running traffic, building lists and generating leads/sales for some of the biggest names in the business. Brian publishes the daily internet marketing blog Daily Conversions.

www.BrianDEvans.com