Slant Retrospective: J.P. Chan

Attending Slant in person this year is New York-based filmmaker J.P. Chan. We’re screening his short film I Don’t Sleep I Dream on May 21. See details for the screening here.

J.P. is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright who was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. Not coincidentally, some of his films have been set in immigrant-owned businesses.

The first film of J.P’s to screen at Slant was his 2005 short Dry Clean Only in which a young clerk at the dry clean counter gets some unusual customers who walk into the shop in blood-stained evening wear.

Last year, we showed Beijing Haze, the story of an immigrant who works as a waitress in the local Chinese restaurant, finding that her life not so different from the one she left behind in Beijing.

Dry Clean Only and I Don’t Sleep I Dream, along with J.P.’s 4-minute short Take It Or Leave It? are part of a trilogy of films which J.P. calls “Three Uses of the Knife: A Trilogy of Short Films About Fear and Its Consequences.”

What’s up with J.P. and knives? Come ask him yourself during the Q&A following the film screening on May 21!


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