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Dirty Money

When wiping the floor of the men's restroom, cleaner, Eric Jones finds a garbage bag filled with money in a toilet tank. Initially excited about his discovery, he decides to hide the money in his vacuum cleaner's dust bag...

  • Jonas Schubach
  • Jonas Schubach
  • Jonas Schubach
  • TC Sharpe
    Key Cast
    Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, The Poor & Hungry
  • Dennis Phillippi
    Key Cast
    Hustle & Flow, The Poor & Hungry
  • Rachel Hinson
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Crime, Comedy, gangster, noir, neo-noir
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne
    May 17, 2018
    Australia Premiere
    Best Film
  • Nashville Film Festival
    United States
    May 11, 2018
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival
    United States
    November 3, 2016
    World Premiere
    Indie Memphis Production Grant
  • Southern States IndieFanFilmFest
    New Orleans
    United States
    January 6, 2018
    Nominations for “Best Comedy" and “Best Lead Actor in a Comedy”
  • Ramsgate International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 5, 2018
    UK Premiere
  • Knoxville Film Festival
    United States
    November 15, 2017
    3rd Place Best Tennessee Short
  • 2nd Place at the Tennessee Communication Association Student Film Showcase
  • Flamingo Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale
    United States
    April 29, 2017
    Nominations "Best Overall" and "Best Editing"
  • Industry Boost Competition Finalist
  • Miami Independent Film Festival June 2017 Edition
    Miami, FL
    United States
    June 21, 2017
  • Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
    United States
    October 5, 2017
    Nominated for "Best Student Short" and "Best Editing"
  • The Monthly Film Festival

    Nominated for "Best Trailer"
Director Biography - Jonas Schubach

Raised at Lake Constance in the Swiss Alps, Jonas has traveled far to pursue his MFA in Film Production at Florida State University.

After receiving his BA in TV Journalism from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and his MA in Film Production from the University of Memphis, Jonas is now pursuing his MFA at Florida State University, specializing in Cinematography.

Jonas is interested in stories that deal with the absurdity and meaning(lessness?) of life and he likes to explores these themes with irony in his comedies.

Recently, he served as the Director of Photography for “Vissi d’Arte,” a feature documentary about Memphis opera star Kallen Esperian. Jonas’ work has been broadcast on public television in Germany and in the United States and his narrative films have received recognitions in the Southeast, including the Indie Memphis Production Grant.

In his free time, Jonas plays Beatles songs on the guitar and the piano and pictures himself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

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Director Statement

Dirty Money is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about chance and determination of fate. A poor janitor, Eric Jones, has to decide if he takes the risk to steal money that bank robbers placed inside a toilet tank in a public restroom. Jones imagines possible scenarios for his future, and gets so scared that he decides to leave. When he returns, he finds that a different man has been punished in his place.
To me the important point is that, despite the tragedy the money has inflicted on the man and might inflict on his family, in the end Eric takes it anyway. It's interesting to see if people find that selfish, or foolish, or if they feel happy for him presumably getting away with it.
Dirty Money is intended to amuse adult audiences and make them wonder about chance, greed and the value of family versus money.