Two guys start filming their friend/younger brother as he enters into an online relationship with a young artist and her family — that’s the genesis of the documentary Catfish, which enters wide release on Sept. 17. Given that the movie is mostly shot with handheld digital cameras, when I got the chance to interview “star” Nev Schulman and directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, it made sense to bring along my own Flip cam.
Tagged as “the other Facebook movie,” Catfish is hard to explain but hard to forget, and the twist the film takes makes it hard to discuss it without actually seeing it. In keeping with that trends, in this interview we don’t talk a lot about what the film’s actually about. However, we do discuss the technology that made the film possible, especially the way in which digital storage affected their filmmaking, and why people don’t believe the film’s events really took place.
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