Catfish at the IFI
December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
Controversial film Catfish is opening at the IFI (Irish Film Institute) on December 17th, and I’m waiting with bated breath to see it. Based on the phenomenon of social networking, Catfish is the ‘true’ story of Nev Schulman, A New York photographer, who makes friends with a family on facebook, via an eight-year old girl and her older sister, Megan Faccio. Intriqued by the glamourous Megan, Nev gets caught up in a web of anticipation and curiosity, which his brother and another guy, Ariel Schulman and Harry Joost, decide to film.
When things start not to add up about the family, the guys travel to Michigan where they to discover the truth.
The real truth about Megan is revealed on wikipedia and is not as eerie as it might seem, simply something that is obvious to social media users. That people online aren’t always what they seem to be.
There has been some criticism of Catfish, saying that it’s a fake fabricated documentary, but who knows? It has to be seen first to work that one out.
The IFI are holding a special preview of Catfish on December 14th, with a Q&A via Skype with the filmakers.