88 Cents

After losing five years behind bars, a man begins his new life in San Francisco, eager to find a job, a home, and a second chance.

Director Biography - Tyler Pina

Tyler Pina is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. His first short film "88 Cents" has been selected to screen at over 30 international film festivals and has received more than 40 awards, including 8 for Best Director and 3 for Best Screenplay. Tyler is also the recipient of multiple Telly and CINDY Awards for his previous music video and commercial work. More recently, he was employed as a director and producer for Vox Media, creating content for it's verticals The Verge and Recode. Tyler's videos for The Verge reach over 130 million views per month; two of which were nominated at the 2018 Northern California Area Emmy Awards. Of those, one was awarded an Emmy in the Technology category.

Director Statement

When I tilt my head up and walk down the streets of San Francisco, I see glass towers shimmering in the sunlight, luxurious penthouse lofts, and hills painted with colorful Victorian-style houses. I walk past some of the wealthiest people in the world, and then I tilt my head down.

On the same block I see beat-up tents, cardboard boxes covered in dirt, and people laying on the ground starving. We make up stories for these people and stereotype them. It allows us to feel better about ourselves as we walk past them in silence. If we avoid eye contact, it's easier to pretend they're not there. If we walk fast enough, maybe they won't ask for help.

What happens if we stop walking?

88 Cents follows a young man as he descends into homelessness after recently being released from prison. There are over seven thousand people living on the streets in San Francisco, a hundred million worldwide, and little resources available to help. This film explores the intimate challenges of homelessness, and forces the viewer to stop walking.

  • Tyler Pina
  • Tyler Pina
  • Tyler Pina
  • Alasandro Fenston
  • Matthew Weitz
    Key Cast
    Early October, Currency
  • Matthew Petrunak
    Director of Photography
    Early October, Ristretto
  • William Storkson
    Sound Designer
    Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring, The Last Smile, Somewhere
  • Harald Boyesen
  • Tianyue Li
    Hair and Makeup
  • TJ Pintacura
    Hair and Makeup
  • Christina Scott
    Costum Designer
  • Anastasia Eliopoulos
    Associate Producer
    The Fate of the Furious, The Bye Bye Man, Rosewood, S.W.A.T., Teen Wolf
  • Christopher Dotson
    Associate Producer
  • Josh Quiros
    1st Assistant Camera
    White Boy Rick, My Friend Dahmer, The Jury, Legacy
  • Ryan Garakouei
    Chief Lighting Technician
  • Bill Villarreal
    Color by Dolby Labratories
    Hancock, Outbreak, Hollow Man, I Spy, Men in Black II, Die Hard with a Vengeance, What Lies Beneath, The Shadow
  • Rick Taylor
    Color by Dolby Labratories
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Don Jon
  • Shane Mario Ruggieri
    Color by Dolby Labratories
    The Revenant, Nowhere Girl
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  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39 : 1
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