Written By: Jared Bratt
Directed By: Jared Bratt
Starring: Ryan Leslie Fisher and Cydney Penner
Runtime: 9 minutes
Synopsis: A surreal short about a tub-dweller (Ryan Leslie Fisher) and a mind-fucker (Cydney Penner). After establishing a bubbling connection with the girl of his dreams, a guy realizes that she is in fact already taken by someone else. Beginning to lament on his unfortunate misinterpretation of the entire scenario, the heartbroken tub-dweller soon de-evolves into a state of hysteria; engaged in a confining-battle between himself, reality, and his own crumbling psyche. (Candy Eater Films)
"You're a victim of your own mind"
Little did I know that this statement in the beginning of Jared Bratt's project "Streamer" would be integral in grasping the films meaning. As mentioned in the synopsis, we are introduced to a guy sitting on the edge of a bathtub and he appears to be in the midst of a breakdown. Soon after, we are joined by a girl who presumably caused said breakdown. The emotional transformation we witness upon her arrival is impressive. Gone is the sense of deprivation. Gone is the dark shroud that surrounded him. For a second, the somber emotions cultivate into brief moment of bliss as the two share a troubling, yet compelling scene. What happens after may cause confusion, however, if you keep in mind the aforementioned statement, it flows together seamlessly.
What we see here is a man in a downward spiral, clouded by obsession and desperation. Fisher delivers this with authenticity as you can FEEL his hopelessness. There's a good chance you can relate to how he feels and the situation becomes more personal. Whether you've been pushed to these extremes, that's another story. I won't judge. Just kidding. Of course I will. Weirdo. The girl (Penner) does a terrific job of rubbing salt in his wounds, whether she's malicious or brash, it's up to you to decide. How does this story end for our mentally unstable friend and the girl who fucks with his head? Well that's unclear. There isn't a definitive answer and it's pretty much left up to your interpretation.
Streamer is a veracious look at the descension into madness. The hysteria, coupled with the confinement of being shot in a bathroom is suffocating, and that helps maintain the tension throughout. I recommend this to anyone that's ever been hurt by the opposite sex. Those who've experienced love, lust, jealousy, envy, and the gloomy path it can send you on. It's refreshing to see how art reflects reality...both good and bad.