From a media release:
Toronto – May 31, 2011
Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! 15 Simple Steps
a film by Jamie Kastner
The First Funny Film About The Great Recession!
A sell-out hit at Hot Docs 2011 and now coming to a TV near you!
"Witty, informative, and sometimes infuriating! A call-to-arms!” – Dave Robson, Sound on Sight
"A mix of satire and bizarre innovations!” – Sarah Gopaul, Toronto Film Scene
• World Broadcast Premiere on TVO - Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:00pm
• Repeat Screening: Sunday June 5, 2011 at 11:00pm
(Also airing on DOCUMENTARY late summer TBC)
Ever dream of…
Starting a camp to teach kids how to make millions?
Opening a Hamster Villa -- for humans?
Making a living by squatting in upscale homes?
Neither did a lot of people!
Now you too can enjoy these perks of the new economic order, and a whole lot more in Jamie Kastner’s Recessionize! For Fun And Profit! 15 Simple Steps!, the new comic documentary from the filmmaker behind, Kike Like Me, and Djangomania!
In Recessionize! Kastner sets off on a black-comic verité-style road trip through California, Europe and
Dubai, meeting folks who are turning economic crisis into opportunity. Told in a series of globe-hopping parables, the 56-minute film is framed as a mock educational/business primer. The quirky cast, by turns funny, absurd and heartrending, range from kids attending Camp Millionaire in Santa Barbara, to Berlin prostitutes offering eco-discounts, to the French hoteliers behind the hit “Hamster Villa” - all models of economic resilience.
Kastner’s present-day journey is interwoven with equally dark/funny tales of economic ingenuity from the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Ultimately Recessionize! tells a unique, bittersweet tale that touches on the universal ironies of modern market-guided existence.
Written, Directed and Produced Jamie Kastner
Editor Greg West
Line Producer Diana Warmé
Director of Photography Derek Rogers
Research Susan Kastner, Spencer Ramsay
Original Music David Wall featuring the song “Recessionize!” by Susan Kastner