Albert’s film The Commitment has been officially selected to screen in the 2021 Fatherhood Image Film Festival running December 3-4, 2021, which highlights and showcases films from the past and present with the goal to impact, gauge, and assess the images of fathers in media.
Proceeds of the Fatherhood Image Film Festival, go to the Fatherhood Image Film Project, which offers ways to assist fathers in growth and address the 24 million absent-father homes. In particular, the project exposes parents and youth to a program that enhances the understanding and practical applications of parenting in the form of their own documentary film. Participants are aided by a full curriculum and workbook that are all bolstered by the use of digital clips to drive home the emotional maturity, time management, intentions, and perseverance required to be an impacting caregiver.
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.