From the Director – Krista Gano
When I first read this script, I knew this short film had to be made and I wanted to be on a team that shared the same vision to make this film. I wanted the world to spend this day with Bob and Donna. Laura Carson (screenwriter/actress) and I have been friends and colleagues for many years and neither of us were in a place to tell this story the way we wanted. Over the years, it has stuck with me. In my head, I see these characters, this town, this diner, this moment. I hear the sounds of the grill sizzling, the music playing, the milkshake blender blending, the tow truck and Bob’s strained voice through the diner window.
Last year, I started working with Nathan Rigauld (DP), Kyle Woodiel (AD) and Jerry Vogt on another project. In them, I found a production team that seamlessly takes the things I see in my head and makes them a reality. This spring, I met Jon Diack, Jessica Anguiano, and Nate Bakke at Noggin Sauce Pictures. I found producers with common goals, a tremendous work ethic, and a desire to partner with us to see this dream become reality. It became incredibly clear – we finally had the perfect team to bring this wonderful story to life.
So, it’s fitting a story rooted in the desire and need for human connection could only come to fruition once the right people were in place. This story continues to teach me we must lean on one another. We are called to greatness in the small things we do for those around us. While it doesn’t seem like it should, it does take a tremendous amount of bravery to look openly at another person and meet them where they are.
I, like our team, talk to others differently, help differently, and am more open to listen and seek understanding because of the film, Spare Change. It is a story worth sharing with the world and we can’t do it without you. Please join us. Dig a little deeper with us. #teamsparechange #sparechange #sometimesyouhavetodigalittledeeper
Spare Change is a timeless dramedy in a roadside diner at the heart of America. Bob Greene is having another rough day. But that doesn’t stop him from his standing “date” with Donna, the diner waitress who puts the color in his world. The diner is home to small town souls with big time problems. How do they respond to adversity? How do they rise above the hardship? Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper.
Bob Greene, early 50’s, a handsome realtor, is down on his luck but that doesn’t stop him from his morning ritual. He’s parked outside his favorite diner, made all the more special because his favorite waitress, Donna, late 40’s, works the breakfast shift. We see a fantasy moment from Bob’s imagination – Donna smiling, beckoning him to come in, but it’s just a fantasy. She’s just working the counter, seemingly unaware of him. After a pass with his electric razor and a swig of Listerine, he’s ready to make his move.
But it’s all the moves outside of Bob’s control that characterize his relationship with Donna and a microcosm of America. What happens to Bob could happen to anyone but how he and those around him respond is truly special.
Our distribution plan is to submit the film to 5 different film festivals. The primary festival being Sundance with the other 4 festivals being Santa Barbara International Film Festival, South By Southwest, Aspen Shortfest, and Palm Springs International Shortfest. We understand these 5 festivals require a premiere showing therefore, we will submit to other festivals that don’t have such a requirement. These festivals include Denver Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival. This will create an opportunity to garner more awards which in turn helps to market to online and cable platforms. We will submit the film as a Short Narrative with the goal of winning top prize in our category.
By this point in the life of the film, we will have built a significant community promoting our film through social media and other networks. We will use our numbers and awards to market our film to online and cable platforms. These platforms include Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Verizon (FiOS and wireless). There the film earn revenue and to be utilized to promote more projects for Noggin Sauce Pictures.