2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION | Nickel Directed by Amanda Reyes


“Nickel” is a hybrid short film that follows Nickel and her mother on a visitation day with their brother and son who has been incarcerated for six years.

Director: Amanda Reyes


Amanda N Reyes is a second generation Mexican-American actor/director from Lewisville, Texas. She studied acting for theatre, film and TV at the The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. While in high school, Amanda was in a production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler at Collin Theatre Center. Before her senior year of high school she competed at the National Thespian Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska in the Solo-monologue category. Amanda has appeared in theatrical productions of How I Learned to Drive and Proof, as well as acted in short films ‘Morning Star’, ‘Juniper’, ‘Adeline’ and ‘Knock Knock’. She has recently acted in the title role of an independent feature called ‘Marisol’ about undocumented youth in the U.S.. Amanda has written and directed three short films based on the struggles faced by inmate families called Dear Brother, which won first place in UNT Short Film Club’s Non Sync Sound Contest, a 90 second short called ‘Visitation Line’, and ‘Nickel’; her final senior year project for the 2015 Advanced Film Class. Amanda graduated in May 2015 from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV and Film. Amanda will be attending the CUNY Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, New York as part of the inaugural class beginning this Fall.

My Mother’s side of the family comes from Nuevo Laredo and Mexico City and my Father’s side comes from San Luis Portosi and Piedras Negras.



Nickel Trailer from Amanda Nicole Reyes on Vimeo.

Rosie Reyes as herself
Amanda Reyes as herself

Dedicated to my brother, Daniel

Written and Directed by Amanda Reyes
Producer Lauren Kozar
Executive Producer Buddy Catarino Reyes

Bryan Greene as Director 1
Ron Lechler as Director 2
Drea Whitlock as Casting Assistant
Nick Coker as Prison Guard 1
Victoria Hicks as Prison Guard 2

Inmates and Visitor extras:
Mariela Cartagena
Brian J Fozkos
Nathan Frame
Robyn Paxman
Patricia Hill
Michael Hill
Daniel Maya-Yanez
Robert Seay
Kyle Brnicky
Alex Geffen
Cameron Rhodes
Orson Chi
Joseph Medina
JohanT. Starks
Adrian Warwick
Geoff Sykes
Albert Louis
Valerie Gold
Joseffa Trip
David Harris

Cinematographer German Torres
Production Designer Grace Kim
Associate Producer Drea Whitlock
Editor Caleb Davis
Assistant Editor Meagan Adams
1st Assistant Camera Kelly Nickels
2nd Assistant Camera Ashleigh Rudser
Lead Audio Technician Arielle Engle
1st Assistant Audio Charles Barker
2nd Assistant Audio Arthur Strode Jr.
Sound Mixer Hal Clark
Colorist Daniel Santiago
1st Assistant Director Natalia DeJesus
2nd Assistant Director Emily Walker
Gaffer Jeremy Taub
Key Grip Jay Saenz
Grip Trevor Garza
Craft Services Kylee Acoba
Behind The Scenes Photography Wesley Kirk and Shelby Eckerty
Production Assistant Tanner Baacke

Music by Tim Brauer

Special Thanks To
The Texas Inmate Family Association
Rose Costumes of Denton
LISD Special Education Department
Eugene Martin
Kristin Ontiveros
Timothy A. Brauer
Jennifer Richter
Patty Hill
Arrielle Engle
Megan Brauer
Jacinto Saenz
Charlie Salinas
Rosie Reyes
Judy Wadsworth
Joseffa Trip
Meghan McInaney
Nydia McCorcle
Kahtya Davis
Martin Sinise
Rachel Lamphier
Drew Allen
Wesley Kirk
Maggie Marado
Rob Seay
Cristina Gonzalez
GZ Paloma
Thomas Keister


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