In one day, a sister must decide if she will sacrifice everything she's worked for, when her troubled brother faces menacing circumstances. Are the ties of family worth the damages? Petty Cash is a short film emphasizing the struggle of young minorities in the modern day economic climate.
Inclusion StatementThis short film will explore the intersection of wealth, gender and ethnicity in Upstate New York as seen through the eyes of working class Latinos. With this project, we're committed to supporting diversity and minority representation on and off screen with our Cast and Crew.
About The Project
Petty Cash follows the story of a Latina bartender working at a casino in upstate NY, suffering under immense pressure from her oppressive boss in order to keep her job. On top of it all, she must suddenly choose between the life she’s planned for all along or deciding to sacrifice it all, so that her younger brother may live.
The characters in this film must fight just to make it by, especially while being isolated in an already isolated community. This story reflects the reality of living in a wealthy area as a person of color: life as an outsider.
Why it Matters Now
This sibling story demonstrates how difficult it can be to break the bonds of family, even with the challenging financial circumstances highlighted in this film.
We chose to build on this complex story of a strained sister and brother relationship, living in an affluent area as working-class Latinos, in order to shine a light on those trials and tribulations––that many young adults are actually going through––resulting from today’s economy.
This film has the potential to start a conversation and bring attention to the divide going on in the United States, because of the current economic environment, with a focus on the ostracization of many minority communities across the country, who have endured this for far too long.
More situations, like this film’s example, need to be recognized and acted upon if we have any chance of supporting our youth in their endeavors and promoting the future of the American people.
What We Need
This story is going to be told in narrative format, so we need your help to get this project on its way! Film is an incredible way to communicate, but it means that there are many physical costs in getting there.
Things to get this story told may include things like: Actors, Crew, Locations, Catering, Set/Props, Film/Lighting Equipment, Editing costs and more!
What You Get
No matter how much you can contribute, any amount will help us reach our goal! We thank each of you that are dedicated to our mission with this film. We intend to apply everything we earn in the campaign towards making this project as top-quality as we can afford.
Take a look at our PERKS section to find a list of the many things we're offering to show our appreciation for your amazing support.
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About This Team
Matthew Simon - Writer/Director
Matthew is a director, writer, and cinematographer living in Brooklyn. As a filmmaker, he has made numerous narrative fiction shorts, with an emphasis on visual storytelling, as well as two comedic web series, and is currently working on his first feature film.
An off-kilter, sardonic sense of humor and stark visuals are threads that run throughout his work. While making his own work, Matt has also worked in the non-profit, educational and NGO space, producing videos for Teach for America, Harvard University, and the United Nations.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Matt came to love film through watching old movies on TV and wanting to know how they were made. He's been hooked ever since. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and The New School. His latest short, Crab Special, is currently on the festival circuit.
Alexa Wolf - Director of Photography
Alexa is a cinematographer with a sophisticated visual sense built on a deep knowledge of cinematic history and an eye for finding beauty at the moment. Her creative visual storytelling is backed by an extensive knowledge of modern cameras and lighting after years of technical work in the industry.
Eden Martinez - Creative Producer
Eden Martinez is a New York based filmmaker with an idiosyncratic point of view and a “get off your ass and make something” attitude. Her films provoke an examination of the human condition with metaphor and satire. Her award winning narratives have screened at the Staten Island, New York Shorts, and the Art of Brooklyn Film Festivals.
Martinez is a branded content specialist and has developed content for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Cornell, Verizon featuring A-list talents like Rosie Perez, John Cleese, and Robert De Niro. She has filmed across the United States and internationally including remote locations such as Haiti and Sri Lanka.
Her most recent film, Masterpiece, follows a bizarre audition that challenges the idealistic ambitions of an aspiring actress. She is also in development on numerous projects, including; a digital series (Cross Training), a coming of age feature about Hispanic identity (Adela), and a documentary about sexual assault (Tell Me Why).
Stacey Maltin - Line Producer
Stacey wrote, produced, and starred in her first feature film “Landing Up” through her production company Bold Compass Films. It premiered at Dances With Films in Los Angeles and she picked up the Best Actress as well as Best Feature nomination. Her short film "Stronger Together" was recently acquired by Shoreline Entertainment after having its world premiere at NewFest and her short film "Head" is streaming on REVRY. Her work has further screened at Cinequest Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Flicker's Rhode Island, ITVfest, and more. The script she penned, “The Other Side” was selected by the screenwriting website THE BLACKLIST as a Top 10 Finalist in the Hasty Pudding Fellowship for a screenwriter focusing on satire and social commentary. That script was further selected to be a part of the Black List Table Reads series and was produced as a podcast starring Darren Criss, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Jerry Adler.
She is currently creating a new provocative series called LINKED (Cinequest 19') and is in the midst of filming "Triple Threat" her first feature as a director. She is also in development on the feature film version of HEAD (Outfest Screenwriting Lab finalist).
She is the co-founder of production company Besties Make Movies with close collaborator Marzy Hart and Bold Compass Films.
Craig Williams - Unit Production Manager
Craig writes, edits, produces and has been doing so for over 15 years with his lovely wife and partner Roz. Craig (and this is him talking) is a passionate storyteller. He brings this fiery love for all things story to his duties as co-Leader of the Manhattan Filmshop Chapter. He LOVES Filmshop (and this is him still talking) he loves the support, he loves the camaraderie, he loves the professionalism. Most of all he loves feeding his chapter members Oreo cookies every week. And sometimes, when they're really good, Mallomars.
Craig is the writer/producer of numerous award-winning short films, including Allergic To Nuts and Drawing Angel. Craig’s feature screenplay “Hanging By A Thread” was a finalist in the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. His TV pilot “Unfocused” was a finalist in the 2017 WGA sponsored Made In New York Fellowship.
“Title VII” is a feature screenplay he co-wrote with writer/director Nicole Franklin. “Title VII” explores same race discrimination at an IT firm. It premiered March 2017 at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was a finalist for HBO Best Feature Film at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival.
Alex Mallonee - Producer/Assistant Director
Alex directs things, produces stuff, and does other stuff too! That includes commercial content for fancy-ass brands like Mercedes, music videos for indie heartthrobs Alvvays, and feature films, like the music documentary, Do U Want It?, and the forthcoming drama, Bring Me An Avocado.
Tim Simon - Associate Producer
Tim is an actor, writer, and producer based in New York City. His recent credits include Gotham and Discovery ID's Horror at the Cecil Hotel