We’ve covered some great short films in the past under the Futurestate series. More recently, Remigration by Barry Jenkins and White by Sayeeda Clarke have been highlighted and are a “must-see” if you haven’t seen them. Below is the short Digital Antiquities, starring Jo Mei and Corey Hawkins, by director JP Chan.


By 2036, data loss has become a thing of the past. All digital media is instantly uploaded to the internet and permanently stored in the cloud, safely backed-up on servers scattered around the world. Only a handful of small businesses in the world have the expertise to recover data from pre-cloud devices. On a hot summer day, a young man named Kai visits Digital Antiquities, a store in eastern Pennsylvania specializing in data recovery and sales of vintage electronics. He shows Cat, the store’s only employee, an old compact disc left to him from his deceased mother and asks her to recover its contents. Will Cat help him find a working CD reader? And what will they discover among the contents of the disc?

For those unfamiliar, Futurestates – backed by Independent Television Service (ITVS) – is a series of independent short narrative films created by established filmmakers and emerging talents transforming today’s complex social issues into visions about what life in America will be like in decades to come.

You can learn more about the series as well as view full episodes HERE.