Tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, Albert will talk about his gay parrenthood drama The Commitment on a live filmmaker panel about Motherhood/Parenthood for the upcoming Silicon Valley Asian American Pacific Film Festival. Join the conversation either on the Contemporary Asian Theater Scene Facebook page or on Zoom.
The upcoming Silicon Valley Asian American Pacific Film Festival runs in-person and online October 28-November 6, 2022. The in-person portion is October 28-29 at the AMC Dine-In Sunnyvale 12 & IMAX in Sunnyvale, CA, and the online portion will be from October 28 – November 6, 2022, with selected live streaming Q&As.
The Commitment screens in the online package of shorts Family, which can be pre-ordered for $5. An online pass to access all 60+ films can be purchased for $25.
The Silicon Valley Asian American Pacific Film Festival provides a platform for the artistry of storytelling of the Asian and Pacific Islander through the lens of the American experience. The Silicon Valley Asian American Pacific Film Festival (formerly, San Jose J-Town FilmFest) is a project Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), a 501c3 non-profit organization founded over 20 years ago by three visionaries who realized that Asian American artists needed a voice. Dr. Jerry Hiura, Steve Yamaguma, Miki Hirabayashi created CATS with the dream of supporting, mentoring and, ultimately, presenting Asian American artists and cultural disciplines to the South Bay.
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 50 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.