**Update: This film is no longer available. Thanks for watching. If you missed it, check out the teaser trailer above and stay tuned for future availability. Two teens in a small desert town in Southern California make cash standing on the side of the street holding up signs for cheap loans. Without thought to the economic crises they are inadvertently a cog in, they make a game of it, spinning the signs like they’re doing skateboard tricks. “More tricks, more money, dawg,” says the baller white kid teaching a newbie the ropes of the street in a great, funny opening scene.
With the introduction of a mother and a daughter living out of their car, we see the other side of the housing bust. Perhaps recently evicted, she’s now selling guns out of her SUV to survive. When the two spinning teens, sick of getting nailed by thrown objects out of cars, call on the homeless mother to check out her selection of heat, we start playing fast and loose. It’s a strange, jumpy ride, and it works because it’s constantly shifting, just like those spinning signs promising something for nothing.
A darkly entertaining pulp short by Erik L. Barnes who gives us a very real American crises as a foundation and then tosses it aside for some old-fashioned crime suspense. Cool by me. (13 minutes) *This film is available through Feb. 15th, 2015*