At just 32 years old, Neistat has already made more than a hundred short films, won an Independent Spirit Award, and starred in an HBO series.
I’m sort of undecided how I feel about Casey. On one hand he makes videos that exude a sort of spoiled-brat attitude that makes me cringe (watch him wreck his jeep, twice, just for shits and giggles). But on the other hand he’s clearly not looking for anyone’s permission for how to have fun with his money, and I do kinda admire that.
He also makes entertaining videos that highlight social issues, like this brilliant critique of the bike lanes in New York or this mini-doc on the dark side of the iPhone 5S lines. And it’s hard to fault a guy who when offered $25,000 to make a promotional video for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty suggested that he instead take the money and use it on relief for victims of a catastrophic typhoon that had just hit the Philippines.