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Synopsis: Jackie, a cash-strapped bartender working at a rural casino, navigates a difficult work environment while saving for school. When her estranged brother asks for a favor, she must make a decision that will change both of their lives forever.



Run Time

12 minutes


Cyndee Rivera (Jackie)
Reynaldo Piniella (David)
Jake Hart (Ray)
Daniel Keith (Customer)
Tasha Lawrence (Barfly)

Directed by

Matt Simon

Written by

Matt Simon

Produced by

Eden Martinez

Executive Producer

Alex Mallonee


Alexa Wolf

Director's Statement

Petty Cash is a story of perseverance, family bonds, and the actions you can’t undo. This story reflects the challenges of living life on the edge; a bad day can send on into debt or poverty, and agency at one’s job is nearly non-existent. I chose specifically to cast actors of color, from Latinx and Native American backgrounds, to do what I could to address the lack of diversity onscreen. In addition, this story demonstrates how difficult it can be to break the bonds of family, even with the challenging financial circumstances highlighted in this film.

Family bonds, the need to survive, and dreaming of something better for one’s self are universal themes, but one’s own circumstances can change what each of those might mean. I hope to highlight that through this short, through the eyes of Jackie.

Director's Bio

I am a director, writer, and cinematographer living in Los Angeles. As a filmmaker, I have made numerous narrative fiction shorts, and am currently working on my first feature film.
Originally from Washington, D.C., I came to love film through watching old monster movies on TV and wanted to know how they were made. I’ve been hooked on all. film ever since. My previous film, CRAB SPECIAL, was an official selection at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Lighthouse International Film Festival, Festival of Cinema NYC, Adirondack Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, and Oaxaca FilmFest.

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