Dime Short is a glimpse into the world of so many Americas we never hear about. Bob Greene, a once successful real estate agent in rural Colorado, finds himself at a crossroads in life. His marriage, home and business were lost in the great recession of 2008. One more major set back could force him to live like Pete, the homeless war hero who sleeps down by the railroad tracks. One bright spot for Bob is his standing breakfast date with Donna, a waitress at the local diner. He finally has the courage to ask Donna on a real date but just when Bob is feeling better about himself, his world comes crashing down for all to see. There are those who show humility and those who just don’t get it.
Run Time: 11 minutes
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.
In the spring of 2015, Rachel Fowler introduced me to 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, Dime Short. It is a story worth sharing with the world and we can't do it without you.
Director - Krista Gano
Cinematographer - Aaron Kopp
Writer - Laura Carson
Krista Gano has enjoyed an eclectic and thriving career in the entertainment industry for the past 20 years. By age 22, she acted in and produced the New Mexico filmed independent feature, Chicks, Man. Soon after, she moved to Los Angeles and spent five years as an assistant to Dustin Hoffman.
Krista shifted her focus to theater, working at the award-winning Geffen Playhouse with Tony Award-winning producer, Stephen Eich. In 2002, Krista became the Executive Director of the world famous Groundlings Theatre. During her four years at the helm, she worked with acclaimed alumni Will Ferrell, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, Kriten Wiig, Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, Emmy winner Melissa, and many others.
In 2006, Krista co-founded Innovative Improv Solutions, where she’s paired her natural abilities of improvisational training with her business background. Clients include 20th Century Fox, Fox Networks Group, Blue Sky Animation, ESPN, Sony Electronics, Sony Networks Entertainment Group, The Recording Academy (The Grammy’s), UCLA, Seattle Genetics, and RevGen Partners. Krista also serves on the faculty for Kaiser Permanente’s Clinician/Patient Communication Program and is a certified journaling instructor.
Most recently, Krista has founded, and is the director of, The Working Artist Group, which offers Business, Coaching and Management Services to the Working Artist. Servicing Colorado and New Mexico, WAG is dedicated to helping artists harness and direct their careers towards greater success. Krista resides in Colorado with her musician husband and 2 children.
Aaron Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and national Emmy-nominated cinematographer who grew up in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Aaron shot and co-produced the Academy Award–winning documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, SAVING FACE, directed by Daniel Junge. Aaron also often works with Kirby Dick, having filmed for his Academy Award–nominated documentary THE INVISIBLE WAR, which won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and more recently, he was cinematographer for THE HUNTING GROUND, a film about sexual assault on college campuses, which premiered at Sundance in 2015. Based in Denver, Aaron has worked on films throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, the US, and the South Pacific. For LIKHAYA, his short documentary about a group of women and children in Swaziland, he was awarded a Golden Palm, People’s Choice, and Best Documentary awards at international festivals. He has worked as cinematographer, co-producer, and assistant editor on films for HBO, National Geographic, Discovery, UK Channel 4, CBS 48hrs, and PBS. Aaron was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant for his feature directorial debut, LIYANA, and he was named one of The Independent’s “Ten Filmmakers to Watch” in 2012. Recently, LIYANA won the "Best Feature Documentary" at the 2017 LA Film Festival and has been written about in several industry publications.
Laura Carson was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She earned a B.A. in Theatre and Speech from the College of William & Mary. After college she went on to an Acting Apprenticeship at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. While living in NYC, she attended Gately/Poole Acting Studio. In the summer, she enjoys teaching improv and acting to kids at Idyllwild Arts in Idyllwild, CA. Laura's acting credits include: Bruce Almighty, Grey's Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Boston Legal, and many more. In addition to writing Spare Change, Laura will play the lead in the movie, Donna. Laura lives, writes and acts in Los Angeles, CA.