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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Dollar Tree

Directed by Cecilia Ribordy, Ariel Hyman, Josh Soares, Natasha Mandt-Rauch

USA / 2016 / 3 mins / English / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema

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Plays In:
From Vision To Reel

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 11:30 am


A girl wakes up in a forest that she has never seen before. She begins to search for help, but quickly realizes that all efforts to do so are futile. She then notices that the trees around her are covered in dollar bills. Collecting the money, she is oblivious to the fact that she will never be able to spend it. The trees start to bleed with every grab of the bills. And before she can realize it, the trees are gone and she is in a desert with an armful of cash. Gasping for breath is the last thing you hear.

Director's Bio

Cecilia Ribordy is a high school filmmaker and student at Culver City High School. She is currently enrolled in an after school program called AVPA Film. As an artist, Cecilia’s work focuses on social justice issues and environmental issues in contemporary society. In her first short film, PENHA, she highlights issues of domestic violence against women. She is currently producing a documentary on cultural assimilation and immigration.


Producer: Natasha Mandt-Rauch
Director: Cecilia Ribordy
Cinematographer: Cecilia Ribordy
Editor: Josh Soares
Cast: Ariel Hyman

Plays in

  1. From Vision To Reel

    Shorts Programs / 62 mins
    FREE PROGRAM. "From Vision to Reel" showcases short films created by emerging filmmakers of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. Films range from topics related to immigration, family history, gender identity, sexuality, struggles and resiliency in this current political and economic climate. — June Kaewsith

    In This Program: Perfect Imperfection, Living In Freedom, David And Goliath, Motherlands, Called Home, Hello From the Other Side, Dollar Tree, Droga!, Story of Self, Bastard

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Plays In:
From Vision To Reel

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 11:30 am