My Heart – Ya Albi

My Heart – Ya Albi

About the Movie

My Heart – Ya Albi is a story about a Syrian refugee who adapts to life in Louisiana, USA after her husband’s immigration visa is unexpectedly rejected. Since the completion of the My Heart – Ya Albi, the film has won several awards and is now Academy Qualified. The team hopes the film will make it to the Short List (Top 10 rated Academy Qualified films) and have a chance at a 2018 Oscar Nomination.  Below is the inspiration behind My Heart – Ya Albi by Director and Writer, Christine Chen.

 

When I wrote “My Heart – Ya Albi,” my first goal was to honor the story of my parents. Both of my parents are immigrants from Taiwan. Though they are not refugees, I can only imagine what they still had to go through in order to adapt and succeed somewhere so far from friends, family, and what they know. Much of this short film is inspired by stories my parents told me about their early times in the U.S. From the prejudice they encountered, the families who they became life long friends with, and the strangers who helped them along the way, I wanted to capture those moments through “My Heart – Ya Albi.”

 

Despite the context of the story with regards to the Syrian refugee crisis, “My Heart – Ya Albi” for me was never meant to be a political statement. Rather, I wanted to share my own microcosmic look into what it is like to make a new place a home, a theme I’m sure many people will relate to. It is about the different types of people we encounter and the way we connect and affect each other both negatively and positively.

 

I remember a few years ago watching the Academy nominated films in the movie theater and thinking that my filmmaking was still a long way from the caliber of those films. Yet, here I am in 2017, only a few years later, trying to promote our film that could potentially be nominated for an Oscar. It is quite surreal. I really hope the audience enjoys it just as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to life with my incredible team.

Crew

Linda Campos Olszewski

Producer

Linda Campos Olszewski affectionately known in the entertainment industry as “Linda O” is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in the short film industry. After trying to get a shorts division launched at several studios, she joined SHORTS INTERNATIONAL in January 2006 to oversee the launch and acquisitions of the Oscar Shorts Theatrical/VOD/iTunes releases as an Associate Producer. She has served on over 100 international film fest juries and panels throughout North and South America and Europe, offering distribution deals for iTunes, Amazon, and TV license for ShortsHD™ – The Short Movie Channel. Linda is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

Christine W. Chen

Director/Writer

Christine W. Chen is an award winning director, writer, and producer based in Austin, Texas. She is known for short films such as, A Bird’s Nest, Two Roads, and My Heart – Ya Albi, all distributed by ShortsTV and has been seen at festivals such as the New Orleans Film Festival and Louisiana Film Prize. She is currently developing her Academy Qualified short, My Heart – Ya Albi into a feature film.   To learn more visit her IMDB Page.

Adam Duncan

Producer / Actor

Adam developed an early passion for acting when he was cast as a carrot in a kindergarten play. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he decided to further pursue his passion for acting and has appeared in multiple shorts, features, and commercials. Adam is best known for his lead role in the narrative feature “Funemployment.” His upcoming film, “Nola Circus” will be premiering at Cannes Film Festival. He has produced three award winning shorts with Christine Chen.

Cast

Diana Rose

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Aya

Diana Rose has made a successful and exciting transition from the theater stage to the independent film scene. After playing notable and classic roles such as Stella Kowalski, Juliet Capulet and Katharina Minola, she has continued to play lead roles in the world of film. The Ingénue, the scientist, the femme fatale, the quirky schoolgirl, the exotic girl next door or the fierce corporate boss, Diana Rose, is adept at playing a variety of characters. She strives for truth and depth in her acting. Diana can be seen in the upcoming SAG feature films Six Pack Sam and Kopy Kings. Diana has also produced short films, features films and industrial videos and values providing opportunities to her fellow actors and giving back to her community, both locally and globally. IMDB Page Facebook Page Twitter: @missdianarose

Wanetah Walmsley

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Julie

Wanetah Walmsley is an actress, singer, and dancer, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater/Dance. She has appeared in several film and television productions such as Pitch Perfect and True Detective. For a full list of credits and more information, check her out at http://www.imdb.me/wanetah or http://www.wanetah.com.

Adam Duncan

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Nathan

Adam developed an early passion for acting when he was cast as a carrot in a kindergarten play. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he decided to further pursue his passion for acting and has appeared in multiple shorts, features, and commercials. Adam is best known for his lead role in the narrative feature “Funemployment.” His upcoming film, “Nola Circus” will be premiering at Cannes Film Festival.

Darrell Mitchell

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Governor of Louisiana

Darrell Mitchell returned from a 3 year tour in the middle east as a contract worker supporting the U.S. Military in both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2012 to pursue his dream of acting in television and film. His most notable films include the SAG projects – Kopy Kings and Six Pack Sam. He has also appeared in the web-series, Writers’ Room, various other shorts and features, and commercial gigs for Dell, HEB, Hostess, and Samsung. Darrell has also produced both feature films and shorts as a co-owner of his company – 7 Power X Productions LLC. IMDB page Twitter: @DarrellMitchel7

Mary Thoma

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Aunt Mary

Mary Thoma has played many emotionally rich, complex and challenging characters both on stage and on set. Her on screen portrayals are known for her signature qualities of strength, tenacity, and heart. Thoma earned a solid reputation in stage productions before transitioning to film and television. On screen, she is most commonly recognized as Morgan Freeman’s White House Aide in Olympus Has Fallen, the zany, dog lover in Finding Normal, and the grieving mom in Blind Turn. In 2015, she and her two partners launched an all female production company, Four Women Films. Their first award winning short film is entitled Dandelion. IMDB Page

Ned Yousef

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Khalid

Ned Yousef was born on November 24, 1980 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is known for his work on NCIS: New Orleans (2014), Sabotage (2014) and Empire State (2013).  IMDB Page

Release Dates

Current Screenings

February 22-25, 2018

Athena Film Festival

Past Screenings

September 30 - October 2, 2016

Louisiana Film Prize (Sept 29-Oct 2, 2016), Top 5 Winner, Shreveport, Louisiana

November 4 - 5, 2016

6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival (Nov 4-5, 2016) LA Film Prize Block, Mandeville, Louisiana

Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:30 PM

Clutch Fest Film Festival Group 2 Block, Houston, Texas, Jan 25-26, 2017 (AWARD WINNER: BEST OF FEST, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS)

Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:45 PM

14th Annual Oxford Film Festival (Feb 15-19, 2017) LA Film Prize Block, Oxford, Mississippi

Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:00 PM

Deep in the Heart Film Festival (Feb 16-19, 2017) Drama Block, Waco, Texas (AWARD WINNER - BEST TEXAS SHORT)

February 23-26, 2017

10th Annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival (Feb 23-26, 2017), Beaumont, Texas

February 24-26, 2017

6th Annual Nacogdoches Film Festival (AWARD WINNER: 3rd Place Short Film)

April 20-23, 2017

Louisiana International Film Festival

April 27-30, 2017

2017 Hill Country Film Festival (Nominated: Best Actress)

April 27-29, 2017

2017 Twister Alley Film Festival (AWARD WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, DIANA ROSE)

June 30 - July 2, 2017

Windy City International Film Festival, Chicago, IL (NOMINATED: BEST ACTRESS, DIANA ROSE)

July 15, 2017

Colorado International Activism Film Festival (DIANA ROSE - BEST ACTRESS AWARD)

August 3 - 11, 2017

2017 Blue Whiskey International Film Festival

September 9 - 16, 2017

Arroios Film Festival, International Premiere (Lisbon, Portugal)

September 20, 2017 (7:00 PM)

Austin Revolution Film Festival (Winner: Best Actress, Audience Choice Best Short, Female Filmmaker of the Year)

September 22, 2017 (7:00 PM)

Femme Film Fridays (Bob Bullock Museum)

September 28 - October 1, 2017

Crested Butte Film Festival

October 11 - October 16, 2017

New Orleans Film Festival

October 26-29, 2017

Gig Harbor Film Festival

November 9-12, 2017

El Dorado Film Festival

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