YesVideo team member finds big surprise inside film reel

Images from Evelyn Weiner's 16mm film reel

Images extracted from customer Evelyn Weiner's 16mm film reel. These home movies contained priceless family memories from the 1940's.

Through the honesty of a YesVideo team member, $3100 has been returned to ninety-year old Evelyn Weiner, who was unaware that the money had been stored in an old 8mm film canister by her late husband. When the Rotunda West, FL resident dropped off the reel of family footage at her local Walmart to have it transferred to DVD, the canisters of movie film were shipped to us.

At YesVideo’s East Coast production facility in Norcross, GA, film splicer Venera Bejtullahu opened a movie film canister to begin processing the 16mm film reel, but unexpectedly found thirty-one $100 bills laying underneath that film reel.

Upon discovering the surprise, Bejtullahu spoke with her supervisor, Suada Kadiric, about getting in touch with Ms. Weiner so the money could be returned to her. YesVideo contacted Ms. Weiner, and after some disbelief on her part, the good fortune started to settle in and she remarked,“People don’t believe good things happen anymore. But there are still honest people out there, and this whole experience was really beyond my wildest dreams.”

Ms. Weiner, who turns 91 this month, was born in Connecticut and moved to Miami in 1970 with her husband Mickey, and children, Cheryl, Susan, and Billy. Ms. Weiner wanted to give her children, niece and nephew something special by digitizing an old 8mm film reel they discovered in her Rotunda West home. While ruminating on why her husband may have stashed the cash in the canister, Weiner could only imagine it was his savings for a trip they had always wanted to take. “I know it was my husband who hid the money, probably for the trip to Israel that we always talked about,” Weiner said. “He liked hundred-dollar bills, and he knew I could never save money!”

Ms. Weiner was delighted not only by the $3100 discovery, but also by watching the old film reel, which she hadn’t seen in many years. Thanks to YesVideo, she was able to relive memories from a family barbecue, one of her daughter’sfirst baths, and even some clips of herself with her parents at the beach.



  1. That’s so awesome! I saw the story on the news, and figured it must have involved YesVideo somehow. Great folks doing great things. Keep up the great work!