The meaning behind A Quarter and a Dream Pictures, spawns from three different areas in Sareth Ney’s life. First, it pays homage to his parents’ journey from Cambodia to America. Second, it was the day he met his favorite imaginer, Clive Barker, for the first time. Third, it was the budget for his award-winning short-film, “The Narcoleptics”. The stories are:
Sareth Ney's parents and his sister, in 1982
Ney’s parents fled Cambodia, when the Khmer Rouge killed millions of people under Pol Pot’s regime. They escaped Cambodia when they were just teenagers, in the 1970s. They swam through leech-filled swamps, crossed over many mountain passes, avoided guerilla soldiers and wild animals, and watched their step to avoid active landmines. They did all of this barefoot because they couldn’t afford shoes. Later in the year, Ney’s parents and sister made their way to the United States with a quarter ($0.25) between the three of them. Their dream was to own a restaurant and ended up owning four of them.
Clive Barker, Sareth Ney, and Pinhead
After Ney finished reading Barker’s book, “Mister B. Gone”, Ney decided to write an e-mail to the webmasters of his website. His assistant wrote him back and was asked to send a résumé and set some days aside, for the interview for the internship. His friend, Travis Hickman, gave him an uncirculated Colorado quarter. He placed it in his wallet and he headed out west, with his family. The time was 4:30 p.m. and the date was Friday, June 13, 2008. He was interviewed by Barker and after three questions, he was hired. His catch: to write back weekly.
P.U.L.P., a publication in Pueblo, Colorado, had their first annual 24-hour film festival. Filmmakers had 24-hours to create a ten minute short film. Ney got together with friends: Erica Espinoza, JohnMark Wiley, Felicia Tapia, and Goon Rat. They didn’t have time to edit their film and decided to record over scenes they didn’t need. The first time the audience watched it was the first time they viewed it. The budget for the film was $25 and $15 went to fuel. 2% was scripted and 98% was improvised. They won the award for “Best Film to Watch While Stoned”.
Currently—Ney’s parents are retired, he is one of Barker's artists, he is a concert journalist for examiner.com, made more short films and he’s the founder and CEO of A Quarter and a Dream Pictures. Slowly but surely, his dreams are coming true.