Empire State - 2017 - 5 min.

United States / 2017 / Drama / English / Digital / 1.85 /5 minutes / Stereo

Starring James C. Jones (Seneca - Turtle clan)


Summary:  "Empire State" features James C. Jones (Seneca - Turtle Clan) and shows invasion, war and occupation through the perspective of a displaced Native American war veteran. This film has no dialogue or narration and features wild onions, Iroquois white corn and a turtle rattle.


“Empire State” was produced and directed by Govind Deecee & Terry Jones while studying film at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. The film's faculty mentor was Kara Herold and Jenna Loyd acted as the film's story consultant.


“Empire State” is an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the 18th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada. “Empire State” will screen during the “Man-Made” program on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:15 PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3.


“imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. We are a registered charity committed to inspiring and connecting communities through original, Indigenous film and media arts. Our Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.” http://www.imaginenative.org/

"Empire State" is an official selection and will make it's Los Angeles premiere at this year's 2017 La Skins Fest in November 2017 at TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. "Empire State" is also nonimated for BEST NARRATIVE SHORT during the film festival.


"The LA SKINS FEST annually showcases works by independent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. The festival offers filmmakers an opportunity to show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of Native American cultures."

"Empire State" was an OFFICIAL SELECTION at the 2017 First Nations Film and Video Festival in Chicago from May 2nd to May 10th.


"First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico. http://www.fnfvf.org/"

The Team

Govind Deecee

Terry J. Jones