With his debts mounting and angry clients closing in, a fast-talking sports card collector risks everything in the hope of staying afloat and alive.
Joshua Collins Director
Eleanor Lee Assistant Director
Maddox Stockton Assistant Director
Joshua Collins Writer
Joshua Collins Producer
Michael Smith Producer
Adam Rocha Executive Producer
Teresa Singleton Executive Producer
Jackson Aden Key Cast "Johnny"
Joaquin Ortiz Key Cast "Brodie"
Dusty Decker Key Cast "Christopher"
Kevin Horton Key Cast "Client"
Hector Gomez Key Cast "Hector"
Sam De La Rosa Key Cast "Sam"
Russell McElwee Key Cast "Russ"
Adam Rocha Key Cast "Adam"
Michael Smith Director of Photography
Michael Smith Camera Operator
Aiden Esquivel Camera Operator
Kevin O'Hara Jr. Assistant Camera
Joshua Le Assistant Camera
Abraham Orsagh Grip
Tharun Karakatt Gaffer
Juliet Chukwu Production Design
Ibukun Famogun Production Design Assistant
Emilie Frazier Production Design Assistant
Joshua Collins Editor
Michael Smith Color
Tallon Rock Sound
Noah Reyes ADR
Joaquin Ortiz Score
Elithia Muratalla Hair and Makeup
Max Acosta Behind the Scenes
Conil Paul Production Assistant
Isaac Alfaro Production Assistant
Michael Roth Production Assistant
Sarah Quintanilla Poster
Joshua Michael Collins (born December 8, 2000) is a self-taught American film director, screenwriter, and producer from San Antonio, Texas. He studied Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently an MBA student at Saint Mary's University. Collins is best known for writing and directing his debut shorts, Master Sommelier (2023) and Gem Mint (2023). He often collaborates with first-time actors on his projects.
Gem Mint follows the story of Johnny, a sleazy sports card collector, and how his shot at potentially earning $30 million backfires tremendously. As an avid trading card collector myself, the story of Gem Mint is one that I feel showcases the dark side of a hobby most people do not think twice about. Filmed entirely in one day and at one location, Gem Mint takes place within less than ten minutes. However, the twenty-two straight hours of filming can be found directly on the actors' faces, which only adds to their characters' growing anxieties and frustrations. Gem Mint is a culmination of my favorite aspects/techniques in filmmaking. It is a combination of unorthodox cinematography, Safdie-esque storytelling, and a building anxiety that puts the viewer in a chokehold and refuses to let go.