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                Written and Directed By Brad Rosier

RELEASE DATE: 2011                         CONTACT:
RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes                   Brad Rosier
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“We all ask why. We all die.”

Currency weaves together a tapestry of tales as we observe several lives over
the course of eight decades. A writer asks why we live. A child asks why we die.
Mobsters ask why life has value. An old woman asks why we are alone. A
scientist asks why there is anything at all. Part mystery, part drama, Currency is
a collection of simple stories about the hard questions we are all dying to have
answered. We all want to know why and we all die.

Currency weaves together a tapestry of tales as we observe several lives over
the course of eight decades. In prohibition-era Chicago, two mobsters on a train
discuss the hollowness of the American Dream. They ask why life has value.
Meanwhile, a dying physician discusses his will with his attorney. He asks why
life is filled with so much regret. In the late eighties, a little girl grieves the death
of her mother and dreams of being rescued from her abusive uncle. She wonders
why we die. In present day, a homeless woman struggles with her faith as she
worries about the fate of her departed husband. She wants to know why we are
so alone. A writer flounders in an unhealthy relationship with a musician she
idolizes. She asks why we live. A scientist from the inner city meets up with an
old friend who coaxes him into some illegal activities. He looks at the universe
and wonders why there is anything at all. Part mystery, part drama, Currency is a
collection of simple stories about the complex questions we are all dying to have
answered. We all want to know why and we all die.

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Complete credits can be viewed on IMDb at

Owen Drexil ............................... Damon T. Davis
Gracie Thomas ........................... Nora Batteast
Micah McBryar ............................ Rachel Cottom
Little Girl ...................................... Katelyn Taylor
Pierce Asher ............................... Jamie Grant
Pierce Asher (Voice) ................... Brad Rosier
Hooker ........................................ Brittany Baughman
J.T. Foster ................................... Kevin Joiner
Danny Cordone ........................... Ed Ernstes
Sedgewick Hess ......................... Nathan DeSelm
Doyle White ................................ Allan Holody
Dr. Chapman ............................... John Coffman
Dr. Chapman (Voice) ................... Jim Coppens
Uncle Paul ................................... Andrew Gilbert
Uncle Paul (Voice) ....................... Jeff Puckett
Mr. Tinsley ................................... Vincent R. Deal
Daisy ........................................... Amy Joy Storlie
Blake ........................................... Andy Minegar
Waitress ...................................... Alicia Hall
Mobster #1 .................................. Rick Sunderland
Mobster #2 .................................. Dennis Fox
Penny Drexil ................................ Marie Smith

Writer, Director, Editor & Visual Effects Artist:
Brad Rosier

Principal Executive Producers:
Brad & Julie Rosier

Assistant Director & Assistant Editor:
Andrew DeSelm

Second Assistant Director:
Dan Kirkman

Original Music by:
Jacob Caul, Matt Ingle, Kevin Joiner, Nathan Edwin

Music Performed by:
Jacob Caul, Matt Ingle, Kevin Joiner, Nathan Edwin and Chris Brown

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Damon portrays the role of biochemist Owen Drexil in the film. Damon is
originally from South Bend, Indiana and is a graduate of Westwood High School.
He has performed in countless stage productions and also enjoys singing. He
currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he is pursuing a career in

Nora portrays the role of homeless woman Gracie Thomas. A graduate of
Roosevelt University in Chicago, Nora enjoys community service work. She
resides in South Bend, Indiana where she has acted in several local films as well
as stage productions at the South Bend Civic Theater. Nora enjoys volunteering
her time teaching acting to children. Like her film character, Nora is a widow and
devoted Catholic. Her late husband was owner of Batteast Const. Company, Inc.
and graduate of IUSB.

Rachel portrays the role of aspiring young writer Micah McBryar. Rachel
graduated from Fairview High School before attending Bethel College in
Mishawaka, Indiana. At Bethel, she studied education. Rachel has performed in
many short independent films and countless stage productions over the years.
Rachel recently moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue future acting
opportunities. Currency is her feature film debut.

Katelyn portrays the role of the little girl in the film. Katie lives in South Bend,
Indiana and is currently in the sixth grade. She is a talented guitar player and
artist who loves to draw. Katelyn participates in many activities at school and
church such as art, volleyball, alter service and Student Council.

Kevin portrays the role of rising musician J.T. Foster. He was born in Lakenheath,
England and grew up near Tampa, Florida. Joiner has performed in numerous
stage productions and short films. He is a gifted singer/songwriter and producer
and has worked professionally across the country for the past 15 years. Kevin
also wrote and performed much of the music used in the film.

Jamie portrays the role of Pierce Asher. Jamie graduated from Ball State
University where he studied theatre and was involved in several student film
projects. He lives in Los Angeles where he works for NBC and JLTV as a
television editor and post-production supervisor. He has acted in several
independent films and television commercials.

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Brittany portrays the role of Gracie’s friend in the film. She is a gifted fine artist
who specializes in painting. She has also acted in several roles in college stage
productions and short films. A theater and fine arts graduate of Bethel College,
Baughman now works at Target Media Partners. She and her husband reside in
Moses Lake, Washington.

DeSelm portrays the role of ex-gangster Sedgewick Hess. He has performed in
several stage plays earning leading roles in productions such as The
Matchmaker and The Heiress. During the day, Nathan works as the Web Director
for Villing & Company, a marketing and communications agency in South Bend,
Indiana. Nathan is a huge video game and TV buff. He as his wife Lisa are
enjoying life as new parents.

Allan portrays the role of ruthless mobster Doyle White. Allan grew up in Allen
Park, Michigan. He has performed leading roles in several plays and musicals.
An avid baseball fan, Allan enjoys umping area games in the summer. He is also
a member of St. Matthew’s Cathedral Singers. Allan has been married for 35
years to his wife Sheila. They live in South Bend, Indiana and have two grown

Ed portrays the role of mobster Danny “the Domino” Cardone. Ed grew up in
Southern Indiana. Since 2004 he has been in 23 films. He was had a small role
in The Dark Knight and has had major roles in several indie films in the
Chicagoland area and throughout the Midwest. He is an aspiring screenwriter as
well. Since 1981, Ed has worked professionally in television as a TV reporter in
South Bend, Indiana.

Vince portrays the role of Mr. Tinsley. He grew up in South Bend, Indiana and
attended the University of Notre Dame. Vince has starred in lead roles in multiple
plays such as Run For Your Wife and Dracula. He played the cowardly lion in
Wizard of Oz. Deal is an avid reader of pulp novels and he loves singing and
dancing. Vince works as a purchasing manager at Jamil Packaging.

Coffman portrays the role of wealthy physician Dr. Chapman. John is a talented
actor who has played roles in countless stage productions in the South Bend
area. He has also had several roles in independent films, including the locally
produced 2006 horror film Joshua. He also had roles in Kill the Messenger and
Paranoid. John lives in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Writer / Director / Editor / Producer
Originally having planned to go to medical school, Brad changed gears after
college upon realizing that he would rather pursue a career in the arts. After
narrowing his focus to film, Brad discovered several examples of zero-budget
films by first-time directors. This inspired him to teach himself filmmaking by
making a movie on a shoestring budget. The result of that effort is Brad’s debut
feature film Currency. Rosier is an Art Director and Motion Design Specialist for
Villing & Company, a full service marketing and communications agency in South
Bend, Indiana. Brad resides in Indianapolis with his wife Julie.

Producer / Production Assistant
Julie performed many organizational tasks related to the film, keeping production
and post-production on track. She helped with everything including location
scouting, breaking down the script and craft service. She currently is employed
as a school social worker. Julie is also a talented photographer and enjoys
interior designer.

Assistant Director / Assistant Editor
Andrew served as assistant director for most of production and post-production.
His encyclopedic knowledge of film and incredible problem-solving skills during
shooting were invaluable to the project. Andrew holds a Master’s degree in film
studies from the University of Buffalo. DeSelm currently works as a professor of
film studies at Indiana University, South Bend and has just completed his first
short film.

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Music Composer and Performer
Kevin Joiner is a gifted singer/songwriter who provided some of the music used
in the film, including the haunting rendition of “Kerosene Lamp” that appears in
both the trailer and opening credits of the film. His music – deeply story-based
and dynamic in arrangement – naturally lends itself to cinema. Kevin is also an
actor and portrays the role of musician J.T. Foster in the film. When not
performing at select venues around the country, Kevin produces multimedia
projects with his partners at St. Jake, the creative collaborative he co-founded
with director/photographer Stephen Boatright and actor/writer Jason McMahan.
Their first project was the webseries “A Conversation While”, for which Kevin was
costar in addition to being cowriter and providing much of the soundtrack. Kevin's
team is currently in development on an ambitious transmedia project known as
“Sleepwalk". Never one to be content with a single creative outlet, Kevin will also
be releasing an EP of solo material in late 2011/early 2012 and is busy
developing a classic soul band, as well as a duo with R&B singer/songwriter
Abby King.

Music Composer and Performer
Matt's experience performing and recording music spans over a decade, as a
multi-instrumentalist for various bands and projects in Nashville, TN and South
Bend, IN. His work on the Currency soundtrack was his first endeavor into
making music for film. After a tenure as part of the marketing team at Sony Music
Entertainment in Nashville, Matt has started his own promotions company,
garnering five #1 radio singles in two years and with an impressive roster of over
25 artists that includes Owl City, Needtobreathe, Mat Kearney, Dave Barnes,
Newsboys and Hillsong.

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Additional high res promotional posters can be easily downloaded from the
official Currency movie website at or emailed upon request.

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Additional high res stills can be easily downloaded at the official Currency movie
website at or emailed upon request.

The Little Girl, portrayed by Katelyn Taylor, walks down a hallway in 1988.

Pierce Asher, portrayed by Jamie Grant, examines Owen Drexil’s antique coin.

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Gracie Thomas, portrayed by Nora Batteast, watches her friend walk away.

Gracie’s friend, played by Brittany Baughman, looks off into the distance remembering the past.

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Sedgewick Hess, portrayed by Nathan DeSelm, hurries away from the Gary train station.

J.T. Foster, portrayed by Kevin Joiner, pontificates about the history of music.

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Production for Currency took place in and around South Bend, Indiana.
Additional photography of exteriors and iconic locations took place in Chicago
and Indianapolis. For the Prohibition-era scenes, several Michiana area
landmarks were used including the historic Beiger Mansion in Mishawaka, the
National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart and the Olympia Candy
Kitchen in Goshen.

The 1928 dining car scenes were shot in a homemade set built in a residential
basement belonging to one of the director’s friends. Inexpensive green fabric was
used to construct makeshift greenscreens that were placed outside the windows
of the set. Animated trees and buildings were added later in post-production to
create the illusion of movement. Downtown Goshen, Indiana doubled Gary,
Indiana in the late twenties (as seen outside the train).

The homeless woman scenes starring Nora Batteast were shot on streets in
downtown South Bend and Mishawaka. One street scene was shot using the last
remaining phone booth in the area. Historic South Bend Central High Apartments
and local motels also served as filming locations for Currency. One scene in
which the homeless woman appears dead caused a local police detective to
arrive on the scene after receiving a call that there was a body of a woman on
Main Street. The director was across the street shooting the scene from a
distance so it wasn’t immediately obvious to passersby that filming was taking
place. This was compounded by the fact that Nora had been playing dead for so
long during the shoot that she had drifted off to sleep. Luckily, after waking Nora
up and a brief explanation, the officer understood the situation and finally left.

The movie was created for next to nothing compared to big Hollywood
productions. As a microbudget project, the film cost less than $10,000 to
complete. To accomplish this, everything possible was done to avoid spending
money. Props and costumes were borrowed. Locations were donated. Places
that would be expensive or impossible to shoot practically were created digitally
and added later in post-production.

All actors and crew were volunteers and the spirit of the project was much more
like the collaborative nature of local theater than big-budget filmmaking. Nearly
all the scenes were shot with only a one or two-man crew and the actors. A few
scenes had a slightly larger crew of 3-4 people. The film really was the ultimate
bare bones, no-budget endeavor.

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    Director Brad Rosier discusses a scene with actors Nathan DeSelm and Allan Holody.

I originally planned on attending medical school and for years felt that the future
was pretty much spelled out for me. But ever since I was a kid I had a huge
interest in art and especially filmmaking. During the college years, I made several
videos with friends. This was before computer editing was as easy and
accessible as it is now, so the movies I made back then were often literally filmed
in order without editing. So when shooting was wrapped, the video was done.
Shooting rapidly in this manner was incredibly liberating because there was
always instant gratification in seeing the end product.

Though I only considered this a hobby at the time, I secretly began to have
ambitions of making a real movie at some point. I just didn’t know when. I
remember secretly making a promise to myself to write and direct a feature film
by the time I was thirty. Since this seemed so impossible and unlikely, I rarely
told anyone about it.

Near the end of my time in college I had a light semester and decided to write a
screenplay. When it was finished I didn’t really know what to do with it so I sent it
off to some literary agencies and out of sheer luck landed an agent on the third
query letter. That was an exciting time, and I even optioned the script to a
producer not long after having signed with my agent. I then went through a year
of hearing about how certain people were reading it and supposedly “loving” it

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and then after a lot of excitement, nothing ever came of it. I began to realize that
if I wanted to really get a movie made I might have to avoid the traditional route.

This experience planted the seed of an idea. I thought that the only way I could
ensure a film of mine would absolutely get produced would be if I made it myself.
I also realized that if I could pull that off, I’d never have to ask permission to
make a film. I could just do the same thing over and over. The thought was
incredibly freeing. I would never have to go groveling to a studio executive in
order to make a movie. I could just do it.

I knew this meant I would have to either raise a reasonable budget on my own or
shoot a movie for an insanely small amount of money. I wasn’t sure if either of
these ideas were possible. But it wasn’t long until I discovered several no-budget
films that had been made for less than $10,000 like El Mariachi, Primer and
Following. The fact that it had already been done, and done well, blew my mind
and gave me the naïve confidence I needed to give micro-budget filmmaking a
try. I felt like this knowledge finally gave me permission to actually go out and do

That’s how this film was born. At first it felt like a bit of an identity crisis since I
was choosing to go down a route without clear boundaries. At the same time, I
felt a deep urgency to get started right away. I felt I was way behind other people
my own age who were choosing a similar career path and that I should probably
learn filmmaking as quickly as possible.

I knew I wanted to make feature films because I had a stronger interest in longer
stories, but I also knew that many filmmakers started out making shorts. To
address this, I wrote a new screenplay that was essentially five short films that
were interconnected in such a way that they could serve as a feature length
movie. This was the script for Currency. By adopting a mosaic structure I felt I
could learn and improve on each independent story segment while shooting and
yet still be building an entire feature film in the process.

I knew with my first film I wanted to make something personal that was about
things I was interested in. I get excited about art, science and philosophy so
those things naturally found their way into the script. But I also wanted to tell
simple stories since I felt I wasn’t yet ready to direct anything too complex. I did
my best to keep the scenes very simple, often driven by dialogue with a few
basic action sequences tying them together.

Over the next several years Currency became a labor of love. I started out
thinking I would be finished shooting and editing in a year. It ended up taking
about five years to complete and each step of the way I ran into huge obstacles.
Sound was difficult. Visual effects were harder than expected. But after the long
and painful process, I had my first feature film.

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While I think this film is far from perfect, I’m very proud of this as my first effort in
filmmaking. I’m also really proud of the actors and feel that great acting talent can
come from everywhere and is not exclusive to Los Angeles, California. And while
the process of making Currency was excruciating, I feel confident that my second
film project will be much improved because of all the hard lessons I learned along
the way.

After Currency makes its rounds on the film festival circuit, I’m excited to begin
writing again. I’m working on my next screenplay, a unique science fiction piece
set in Chicago. I will say this, I’m definitely planning on having a real budget next
time around. If you don’t pay for a film with money, you pay for it with time and

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Top Left: Brad directs seven-year old Katelyn Taylor just before a shot. Top Right: Brad operates
a homemade dolly he built himself to save money during production. Kevin Joiner lights cigarette.
Bottom: Brad directs Nathan DeSelm just before a dolly shot begins. Second assistant director
Dan Kirkman operates a makeshift pulley to help smooth the movement. Common inexpensive
halogen work lights can be seen in the background lighting the scene. The set was constructed in
a friend’s basement (by 2 Assistant Director Dan Kirkman) for a very low cost.

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Brad shoots a scene with Katelyn Taylor walking on train tracks. Much of the film was shot in this
simple manner to keep the production quick and lean.

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