Executive Producer

The Moneytree enjoyed a very limited theatrical release; still our weekly per-screen average with a bare minimum advertising budget during a national cannabis prohibition was $30,000 in today’s dollars.

We will completely digitally re-master from camera negative re-edited for a modern audience, all new Dolby 5.1 surround mix (original mix was in mono) all new killer music – reggae, world beat, jazz and rock and roll. We are also adding a voice over, shifting the context to the present time looking back to the days of prohibition.  Adding this new narrative really deepens the story. Think Forest Gump or Blade Runner.  

The Moneytree – Final Trim is a totally reimagined movie. Now released in a growing cannabis friendly culture, where two thirds of Americans want legalization. Broadly distributed with a coordinated advertising, social medial and PR campaign the potential is tremendous.

Many of our favorite movies found their audience and became wildly financially successful only after being re-released theatrically or on video like… The Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life, Blade Runner, Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, The Big Lebowski and Dazed and Confused.

The Moneytree never had a “real” video release. Only 500 VHS’s ever went out into the world. There was no Netflix or Amazon Prime or any kind of downloadable or streaming platforms at the time. Of that 500 copies the first two went to Mitch Lowe.

When Christopher made his first pitch for The Moneytree I was unconvinced it would rent. He gave me two free copies to see anybody would rent it. A week later I bought ten more copies. The Moneytree became one of the most often rented and stolen movies in any of my stores.
— Mitch Lowe, cofounder of Netflix & former President of Redbox

Then of course there are all the ancillary and foreign markets. The Moneytree – Final Trim is a very unique film with huge potential. This tantalizing slice of Americana will grab the imagination of viewers from across the nation and around the world!  

Please contact us we’re making deals.  


Christopher Dienstag and the Production Team of Black Sheep Films