Saving For The Day

Saving For The Day is a multi-genre adventure film. There are over a dozen genres in this unique passion project.

Joe Bell is a penny-pinching hermit saving for the day when his real life will begin. One day he’s given a chest filled with treasure by a cryptic, old man. After the Old-timer “accidentally” locks the chest, Joe must go on a series of adventures to track down the key. Each adventure is a different genre. There are a total of 15 different genres.

Joe’s quest leads him to a fearless & quirky archeologist named Abbey. She wears the key on a necklace unaware of it’s value to Joe. He falls for her and begins pursuing her for both for love and money. His motivations are in direct conflict. Ultimately, Joe must decide between the two.

  • John D. Nilles
  • John D. Nilles
  • John D. Nilles
  • Andy Shirtliff
  • LaVonne K Miller
  • Anna M Nilles
  • Casey Bays
  • Andy Shirtliff
    Key Cast
    "Joe Bell"
  • Lindsey Zachariasen
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Medley
    Key Cast
  • R.J. Parnell
    Key Cast
  • Cheyenne Adamson
    Key Cast
  • Jared Branden
    Key Cast
  • Travis W Bruyer
    Key Cast
    "Apocalyptic Cowboy"
  • Christian Ackerman
    Key Cast
  • Lily Gladstone
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime/Heist, Drama, Fantasy, Film Noir, Horror, Pirate, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War, Western
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 42 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 11, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - John D. Nilles

John D. Nilles is a writer/director/producer based in Missoula, Montana. He discovered his passion for filmmaking at an early age and cut his teeth on an ambitious Indiana Jones fan film in high school.

He then had brief stints at Montana State University and in Los Angeles before returning home to Western Montana. Since then, John has directed & produced countless short films, web series, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, and music videos, but his primary focus is on feature films. He is particularly fond of Westerns and Science Fiction.

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Director Statement

Saving For The Day has blockbuster ambition on an indie budget. It is the culmination of over 400 talented & dedicated volunteers coming together to create movie magic.

Growing up in rural Montana, movies were a window to the outside world. When I discovered my passion for filmmaking in high school, I quickly fell in love with films of all genres and from all eras. I obsessively studied how both Hollywood blockbusters and low budget indie films were made. Then, I went out to make movies of my own.

My love for cinema was a guiding light as I worked on Saving For The Day for well over a decade. Saving For The Day is a love letter to the films that influenced me while growing up in the 80s, 90s, & early 2000s.

I hope our love of movies is evident and you enjoy this ride through the many genres & set pieces in Saving For The Day.

John D. Nilles