Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk Nominee Joins Cast of Asian Family Drama
Boston, MA – August 15, 2013 – Film, TV, and theatre veteran Tina Chen will star in the upcoming film DESCENDANTS OF THE PAST, ANCESTORS OF THE FUTURE, scheduled to shoot in the Boston area in late September 2013. The film tells the tale of a Chinese-Canadian man expecting a baby girl, who desperately needs to understand how his mother (played by Chen) and his grandfather could have lived apart for most of their lives.
Chen’s films include THE HAWAIIANS, playing opposite Charlton Heston, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; ALICE’S RESTAURANT, opposite Arlo Guthrie; THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, opposite Robert Redford; the award-winning indie film FACE, opposite Bai Ling; and ALMOST PERFECT, playing opposite Edison Chen and Kelly Hu. Chen has guest starred on numerous TV shows including the NBC series MERCY, and has acted with Anthony Quinn, Geraldine Chaplin, Burt Reynolds, Ernest Borgnine, Wayne Rogers, Stefanie Powers, David Janssen, Kim Basinger, and David Carradine. Tina was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the CBS Playhouse special, THE FINAL WAR OF OLLIE WINTER.
On stage, Chen has played leading roles in more than twenty productions on and off Broadway including THE SHANGHAI GESTURE, COMFORT WOMEN, EMPRESS OF CHINA, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ARTHUR & LEILA, THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON, FAMILY DEVOTIONS, and many others. Chen has directed plays at various theaters in New York, including Pan Asian Repertory’s production of FAIRY BONES starring Lucy Liu in her stage debut. Chen co-produced the Broadway production of the Peter Nichols play PASSION starring Frank Langella, and received a Drama Desk nomination as part of the producing team of the Broadway production of THE RINK by Terrence McNally, starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli.
Over the course of her career, Chen has received numerous awards including the Urban Stages 25th Anniversary Award for Artistic Brilliance, the Women’s Projects Women of Achievement Award, the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award, and the Anna Mae Wong Award given by the Asian Fashion Designers of LA.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have someone of Tina’s caliber on board to tell this important story based on the circumstances half a century ago that led my grandfather to immigrate to the United States while my mother immigrated to Canada,” says director Albert M. Chan, who is also starring in the film.
“The film is a moving and poignant story that embodies the authentic voice and depiction of a multi-generational immigrant family,” says Chan. “I think it’ll resonate strongly with immigrants like my mother and grandfather who had the bravery and foresight to forge a better future for successive generations, as well as with children of immigrants like myself, who often struggle with issues of cultural identity and their sense of belonging.”
Chan is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant and a finalist for the Roy W. Dean Film Grant. He wrote, directed, and produced his first film FATE SCORES, an experimental silent film which was recognized by the National Film Board of Canada. He directed and starred in his follow-up film, THE COMMITMENT, which has screened at over 25 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar-nominated MOONRISE KINGDOM to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. Chan’s film and TV roles include GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, LAW & ORDER SVU, 30 ROCK, BODY OF PROOF, and BROTHERHOOD, and he has acted opposite Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Matthew McConaughey, and Jennifer Garner.