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The Story

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From award-winning directors Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso, Welcome to the World is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister.

Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, Welcome to the World presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.


The Filmmaking Team

Anthony Grasso

Welcome to the World brings together the directing team of Anthony Grasso and Albert M. Chan, whose passion for the arts and dedication to excellence have garnered them success in the entertainment industry, including recognition from the National Film Board of Canada and the Puffin Foundation. They have worked on projects that include 30 Rock, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, Gotham, Patriots Day, Girls, Stepmom, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, NYPD Blue, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Body of Proof, Underdog, and Brotherhood.

Richard Possemato and Albert M. Chan

Albert M. Chan and Richard Possemato collaborated together previously to produce Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future starring Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen, The Commitment which has screened at over 30 film festivals on four continents, and the experimental silent film Fate Scores which was recognized by the National Film Board of Canada.


Directors' Statement

Because we live in an imperfect world, an inevitable part of being human is suffering. Nevertheless, we go about our business every day doing the best we can, striving and living. Despite our own suffering, when we participate with compassion in the lives of others, we not only recognize that hardship and pain are an unavoidable part of life, but our hearts awaken from self-interest to humanity, and we can fully embrace the experience of being alive.

Welcome to the World tells the story of a troubled man's awakening from isolation back to humanity, and in doing so, he is reborn into the world.

Albert M. Chan Anthony Grasso
—Albert M. Chan —Anthony Grasso