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Snow Money

Snow Money is an intimate portrait that allows people to experience the impact of climate change on the “everyday Joe.” It follows Joe, a snow plower in Boston, as climate change prolongs his journey to buying his first home. The film is intended to inspire and move people to take climate action and protect future generations and snow plowers, a unique and crucial part of the community.

  • Kristen Chin
  • Kristen Chin
  • Aaron Pang
  • Jorge Garcia-Spitz
    Post Production Supervisor/Editorial
  • Monica Silverio
  • Viktoria Popovska
  • Spencer Grossman
  • Emma Picht
  • Darryl Palapuz
  • TK Kim
    Production Assistant
  • Ronen Nagel
    Re-Recording Mixer
  • Soundaround Studios, Tel Aviv
    Re-Recording Mixer
  • Erez Einy Shavit
    Dialogue Editor
  • Roni Abelha
    Sound Effects Editor
  • Ari Rosthchild
  • Possible Impossible, NYC
  • David Abel
  • Damian Burchardt
    Second Camera
  • John Backman
    Associate Producer
  • Joseph De Dominici
    Key Cast
  • Jade De Dominici
    Key Cast
  • Frany Figueroa
    Key Cast
  • Timmy Liam Cassio
    Key Cast
  • Kayenne Pepper
    Key Cast
  • Elgernon Jesionek
    Key Cast
  • Jarrel Lahue
    Key Cast
  • Johnnie Almeida
    Key Cast
  • Nizayah Montas
    Key Cast
  • Bobby Kay
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Kristen Chin

Kristen is a journalist and filmmaker, and “Snow Money” is her first film. She loves true storytelling, and her last video piece, a news feature about affordable housing, resulted in her town changing its affordable housing laws for the first time in decades.

Kristen also writes for The Nieman Storyboard and has been published in the Boston Globe. She’s been featured on "Stories from the Stage", a nationally-broadcasted storytelling show, and is a recognized public speaker in the Greater Boston area. In May 2021, she graduated from Boston University with a master's in journalism and began working at GBH Boston shortly after.

She has worked on “Snow Money” since March 2020 and is excited by the opportunity to preserve local history and connect people to the everyday impacts of climate change on Boston's community and communities across the Northeast who are dealing with wetter, warmer, and increasingly unpredictable winter conditions.

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Director Statement

March 30, 2022

Mid-Pandemic 2020, I started a film. I wanted to document the impacts of climate change in a new way: an emotional film with cinematic flair that told a story never told before. Thus, "Snow Money" was born.

Free of doom, gloom, and statistics, Snow Money is an intimate narrative short documentary film about Joe, a 31-year-old father, carpenter, and plower who lives and works in Greater Boston.

I think it’s the perfect moment for this story: at a time when the climate is warming roughly 10x faster than the Ice Age recovery warming event (NOAA, 2017) and the country is experiencing deep political divides (Pew Research Center, 2020), we need stories that create connection, love, and unity.

As a completely BIPOC cast and a majority BIPOC and women remote crew, we are THE group to tell this story. Our team members hail from Texas, Florida, New York, and Boston. We represent Native American, Puerto Rican, Chinese, Filippino, and LatinX communities. We work as a united team and are deeply committed to showing unique perspectives.

I am so excited to share this film with you and hope it provides insight into the day-to-day, real-world impacts of climate change on everyday people. Enjoy!