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Cinema Revisited: Teyonah Parris in Director J.P. Chan’s Short Gem, ‘Empire Corner’

Cinema Revisited: Teyonah Parris in Director J.P. Chan's Short Gem, 'Empire Corner'

Looking through the S&A archives, I came across a profile of director J.P. Chan’s sci-fi short for FUTURESTATES, titled “Digital Antiquities.” 

I enjoyed that film, so I started looking into Chan’s past work. In doing so, I found his 2010 gem-of-a-short, “Empire Corner” which premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival in April 2010, and was on the festival circuit for most of that year.

“Empire Corner” features some earlier work from Teyonah Parris (who we last saw starring in Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” late last year) and Alexis Camins in the lead roles, while Shalita Grant and Jo Mei give supporting performances. Mei and Corey Hawkins (another actor who’s been getting a lot of attention lately, from “Straight Outta Compton,” to “The Walking Dead” to his upcoming starring role in Fox’s “24” reboot), who also has a supporting role in “Empire Corner,” are the two leads from “Digital Antiquities.”

Chan’s website provides this brief synopsis for “Empire Corner” – A woman travels across two worlds to find a man she never got a chance to know.

After watching this film and “Digital Antiquities,” I am definitely looking forward to seeing what Mr. Chan has to offer next.

There was also a sequel, of sorts, to “Empire Corner,” titled “Wu Is Dead,” by director Richard Wong. It continues the story of “Empire Corner,” but in a more light-hearted fashion.

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