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Gem Mint

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 Collins

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.

Director Statement

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.

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