Digital Antiquities

In 2036, all digital media is stored in “the cloud.” Data recovery store employee Cat, and Kai discover a secret that will unite them forever.

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Premiere Date
March 31, 2011
15 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects

JP Chan

J.P. Chan is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright living in New York City. His award-winning short films have screened at film festivals around the world and his plays have had productions and readings in New York and Chicago. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, holds a graduate degree in urban planning from New York University and is a LEED Accredited Show more Professional. Show less


Diane Houslin

Diane Houslin is a New York City-based television and film producer. She has produced series for several broadcast and cable networks, including HBO, MTV, ESPN, PBS, MSNBC, and the Disney Channel. Her first short film Morning Breath received a special jury prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Houslin served as executive producer on the feature Show more documentary Through the Fire and directed and produced the feature documentary Lay It On the Line. Show less

Executive Producer

Mynette Louie

Mynette Louie is a New York-based independent film producer. She produced Tze Chun’s award-winning Children of Invention, which premiered at Sundance 2009, played more than 50 film festivals, won 17 festival awards, and was released theatrically in eight cities in 2010. She co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s Mutual Appreciation, which was named one of the Show more top 10 films of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly, Film Comment, The Village Voice, Artforum, Greencine, and The Onion’s AV Club, among others. Louie has also produced several award-winning narrative short films by minority and women directors that have screened at film festivals worldwide. Show less

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The Film

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?