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.