Director Jamie Kastner sets off on a road trip through California, Europe and Dubai to meet those who manage to turn the world economic crisis into opportunity. The quirky cast ranges from kids at "Camp Millionaire" and Berlin prostitutes offering eco-discounts, to the owners of a French hotel promising a hamster experience. The present-day journey is interwoven with ironic accounts of the financial solutions people resorted to during the Great Depression.
Jamie Kastner is a Toronto-based filmmaker and writer whose work has received international acclaim.
Kastner's previous film for TVO, Kike Like Me, premiered as a Special Presentation at Hot Docs where it became the top-selling and most talked-about film of the festival. Pitched at the Hot Docs’ Forum, Kike Like Me pre-sold to 10 top international broadcasters including BBC’s Oscar-winning strand Storyville and the Sundance Channel. Kastner’s film Djangomania!, about the worldwide cult of fans of Gypsy-jazz legend Django Reinhardt, was described by The Times of London as “frank, hilarious and revealing.” The Toronto Star called Kastner’s first documentary. Free Trade is Killing My Mother, “a funny, seamless look at the Quebec City Summit of the Americas.” Made for TVO, Knowledge, and IFC, the film has aired as far afield as Taiwan. In addition to work through his company Cave
7 Productions, for Discovery he wrote and directed Strange Tales of the Flesh (Barna Alper) for which he also composed and performed satirical songs. He directed on the top-rated History TV/Global series Ancestors in the Attic (Primitive Entertainment), and co-wrote Comedy Gold (Insight Productions) a three-hour doc on the history of comedy for CBC.
Jamie's Filmmaker Comments on his documentray Kike Like Me, also a TVO funded doc.