A Dollar is a 20-minute comedy short whose theme can best be described by the quote: “It’s everything in the world to those who don’t have it.” A Dollar was produced in 2011 by Allan Mackey with co-producer Melanie Mortensen for Valley Wind Productions. The original play was written by David Pinski and was adapted for the screen by Allan Mackey.
SYNOPSIS: Fun and frolic turn into chaos and disarray when a traveling band of actors find a dollar in the forest and their true personalities (which bear a remarkable similarity to the archetypes they play within the troupe) come to the surface.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION: A Dollar first came to our attention while looking for short plays that had fallen into the public domain for a Performer’s Showcase we were producing called Windrush in 2010. The cast assembled did such a smash up job and had such fun with the script that the idea came up to do a short film adaptation of it. Through the course of development and the passage of time (1.5 years before we went to camera) two cast members were replaced and one character was written out of the script, leaving us with the terrific group and production you see in the video below.
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Photos from Valley Wind’s A Dollar
THE CAST OF A DOLLAR
|Laszlo Szijarto||OLD MAN|
THE CREW OF A DOLLAR
|Allan Mackey||DIRECTOR, CAMERA, EDIT|
|Melanie Mortensen||ASSISTANT DIRECTOR|
|Ron Langton||PRODUCTION ASSISTANT|
|Rishi Jha||PRODUCTION ASSISTANT|
|David Pasho||STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY|
|Lionel Gibson||FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY|
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Eduardo Sousa, Annie-Claude Lapierre, Louise Mackey, Ragi Ibrahim, Lori-Jean Hodge, Noelle Andrews