Sedona, AZ - FATE SCORES, an award-winning film by Chinese-Canadian director and actor Albert M. Chan, will screen on Friday, February 26th at 7 pm at Harkins Theatre (West Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ) as part of the 16th Annual Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF). The film will have an encore screening at the festival on Sunday, February 28th at 11:45 am. Chan and Assistant Director Alecia Batson will be in attendance at both screenings for a Q&A.
FATE SCORES was recently awarded 3rd Prize by the National Film Board of Canada in the Best Canadian Short Film competition at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival. FATE SCORES has also screened this past year at the Asian American International Film Festival (New York City), Boston International Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, On Location: Memphis International Film Festival, and Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival.
FATE SCORES focuses on a lonely guitarist (Albert M. Chan) at a city park bench and the quirky characters around him, including an introspective young woman (Heidi Rhodes). The film, which explores themes of isolation, connection, and chance, was inspired by Chan’s experiences observing ordinary people interact in impersonal urban environments. “One can witness a wealth of human drama everyday at a place as mundane as a city park bench, but only if one pays attention,” says Chan.
Chan’s hoping that the success of FATE SCORES, his first film, will help with funding for his upcoming film DESCENDANTS OF THE PAST, ANCESTORS OF THE FUTURE. “It’s a very personal story about the migration experiences of my mother and my grandfather,” Chan reveals. “The film follows a young second-generation Chinese Canadian man as he seeks to discover his family history to ease his apprehension about his impending fatherhood. In the process, he begins to understand how his identity is framed by his family’s past and the extraordinary sense of kinship that binds him to his ancestors and descendants.” Already on board for the project are Emmy-nominated cinematographer Cira Felina Bolla (BIRTH) and composer Ryan Leach (THE DARK KNIGHT, BEE MOVIE, COLD CASE).
But Chan has not always exploited his creative talents. In fact, he’s had a more traditional Asian upbringing. “My parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in the 1960′s,” says Chan. “Growing up, acting was something that I always wanted to try, but I was too preoccupied with academics. I finally decided to give acting a try years later when I was getting my Ph.D. in Engineering at MIT. It started off with a couple of musical performances on campus, and soon afterwards, I was doing student films and local independent films, and over the years my acting career has progressed to where it is today.”
Chan’s film and TV acting credits include GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, LAW & ORDER SVU, BROTHERHOOD, I’M PAIGE WILSON, and Disney’s UNDERDOG. Chan also recently finished wrapping up film roles as Dr. Lee in EVERY DAY and as Richard in LIFE OF LEMON.