Albert’s passion project The Commitment has been invited to screen in a Film Retrospective for the 2021 Online New England Film Festival. All of the cast and crew were New England locals at the time the film was made in 2012, and the film was shot in the Massachusetts towns of Boston, Norwell, and Needham.
The Commitment screens in the showcase Way Back When, a selection of films featured in NewEnglandFilm.com during the 1990s and early 2000s. All films will be available to watch for free until October 15, 2021. The Commitment can be viewed here.
Albert, who wrote and directed The Commitment, was interviewed about the film by NewEnglandFilm.com in an article published in April 2013, Making The Commitment: Behind the Short Film about an Interracial Gay Couple Adopting a Child.
The Commitment stars Albert 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, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.
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