Responding to the current economic climate, Jamie Stuart has remastered his 2006 short film AmEx, a satiric response to the credit card company's offer to pay filmmakers $300 if they promise to close their accounts (yes, really). But what's a struggling artist without monetary problems? The film's central visual motif — Stewart continuously running into a brick wall — answers that question. Watch the movie at Filmmaker Magazine.
Jamie, a columnist for the short-lived Stream Magazine that I helped run last year, has an acute eye and ear for cinematic rhythms. I love the way the soft, nearly irritatingly redundant piano music clashes with the director's bitterly sarcastic acknowledgment of his impoverished existence. He certainly tells the card company where they can stick it.