Yaniv Schulman, a 24-year-old New York–based photographer, had no idea what he was in for when eight-year-old Abby Pierce in rural Michigan contacted him on MySpace to ask permission to paint one of his photographs. She sent him her work (clearly advanced for her age), and Yaniv began a friendship and correspondence with Abby’s family. But things really got interesting when he developed a cyber-romance with Abby’s attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. When Yaniv and his buddies uncovered some startling revelations about Megan, they set off on a road trip to figure out who this family really were.
Catfish is a riveting documentary and a product of the times we live in. In this intricate tale mired in social networking and mobile devices, the key to the mystery was simple—human interaction. What so intriguingly and wonderfully emerges from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s documentary is a story of kindness and compassion.—Sundance Film Festival
forgot that i had seen this until i saw it in someone's filmography. that should clarify the impact it had. there are questionable goals for making the documentary (are we to feel enlightened that people can represent themselves unrealistically online?), as well as a general "cleanness" to the investigative elements that makes it boring. it makes great attempts at humanism but fails in that it simply "explains."
A month ago, Dennis Lim had a piece in the New York Times on the emergence of films "that could be said to blur or thwart or simply ignore
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