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Filmmaker Dave Chan searches for his birth parents after finding out in his late 30s that he was adopted.
Filmmaker Dave Chan searches for his birth parents after finding out in his late 30s that he was adopted.
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WHO AM I?

Hi, I'm Dave Chan, a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York where I was raised. And just several years ago, I found out I was adopted.  

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THE SECRET OF B is our feature documentary that will chronicle the journey to search for my biological parents starting in Hong Kong where I was born.   

I found out in my 30s that I was adopted, and purely by accident! A woman I was dating wanted to take me to a fortune teller who needed to know the time I was born. So I went looking for my birth certificate, but instead, I found my adoption papers! It felt like the wind was knocked right out of me.

I asked my dad, "When were you gonna tell me??" He responded, "When you were older."

So it turns out that everyone in my family knew - except for me. Even my mom took this secret to her grave when she passed away several years  ago. I was later told by my relatives that my grandparents had orchestrated the whole thing. In Hong Kong, they found a woman (my birth mom) who was willing to give up her child (me) to our family in  exchange for money. And my grandparents told everyone in our family, all around the world, to never tell Dave. Because they were afraid that I would hate my parents and leave them.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

I have always loved my family. But after finding out, I love them even more! Because they saved me. And for that reason, I am forever grateful to them.  

WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS DOCUMENTARY?

Growing up as an only child helped me develop a very curious mind. And when I made my discovery, my uncle (who has since passed away) told me that he actually met my birth mom but for only a couple of hours and that she never revealed her name. But she had a young daughter with her. So I have a sister out there! Maybe even more siblings. That blows my mind. This is no longer mere curiosity. It's as if there's a cosmic pull for me to connect with my blood relatives. This is a huge step. But life is short. And we need to take these chances.

What makes this project unique is that no one in my family knows who my birth parents really are. Those who were in contact with them in the past unfortunately have all passed away. This will make my search more challenging but also a lot more exciting! THE SECRET OF B will have the feel of a mystery as we pull back the layers of this story one by one. Who knows where this journey will take us? But isn't that the best part of an adventure?

Right after I made my discovery, I'd look in the mirror and ask, "Who am I?" And that's what I hope our film will get to answer.

WHERE WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GO?

Your contributions in this campaign will go towards:

  • hiring Private Investigators 
  • taking DNA tests 
  • buying ads in local publications
  • film crew salary
  • equipment rentals
  • meals
  • travel expenses

Your generous support during this campaign will help kickstart this documentary that we've been meaning to make for a very long time. If the Private Investigators suddenly find a hot lead in Singapore, for example, then we would have the resources to travel to another locale to continue our search. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved. 

Our trip to Hong Kong is the very first step of this adventure into the unknown. Films, and documentaries in particular, can be a very long road with unexpected principal photography, extensive post-production, festival runs, and distribution. Our search could take months, or it could take years. But the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Your support is crucial for us to begin this journey. So we want to THANK YOU in advance for your patronage, and we welcome you into THE SECRET OF B family!


THE TEAM 

Jill Boniske (Director/Producer) will be joining me on this journey. Jill is a talented filmmaker with a very successful career as a TV writer/producer who worked on shows like America's Next Top Model, WWF's Tough Enough, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, as well as being Director of Development of a major Shanghai media corporation. I've known Jill since I was 4 years old, so she's like family to me. And that makes her the perfect person to direct this film.

Dave Chan (Producer) is a filmmaker and founder of the production company, Navy Yard Films, that has produced award-winning films such as the crime-comedy, SURE-FIRE. Dave has written a number of acclaimed screenplays including a Family Guy spec script as well as being a screenplay winner of the Academy Award-qualifying Nashville Film Festival. 

On the set of award-winning short film, SURE-FIRE, co-written & co-produced by Dave Chan. Courtesy of China Press.
On the set of award-winning short film, SURE-FIRE, co-written & co-produced by Dave Chan. Courtesy of China Press.

Many thanks to David Power (Master Podcaster) for filming and editing this Kickstarter video and to Keith Power (Avengers: Age of Ultron) for composing a portion of it.

Thank you so much for your support. And we hope you'll come on this journey with us!

Risks and challenges

Not knowing anything about my birth parents makes this search extra challenging. But by interviewing relatives, hiring private investigators, taking DNA tests, and reaching out via ads and social media, we hope to find members of my birth family. Whatever the outcome is and however long it takes, we are prepared for it. Making a documentary is a long-term commitment, and we are dedicated because this story is extremely personal for both us. And we both understand completely that it is the journey itself that is the true reward. Thank you for your support!

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