In Catfish, out in limited release tomorrow, 20-something NYC photographer Nev Schulman develops a Facebook friendship with 8-year-old artist Abby after she sends him an inspiring painting of one of his published photos. Soon, this friendship leads Nev to "meet" Abby's mother and attractive older sister Megan via Facebook. The site lets them feel like they're really getting to know each other, and Nev lets himself dive into a long-distance courtship with Megan, who lives in Michigan along with the rest of the family. Eventually he's motivated to go across the country to meet her. All of this, from the budding relationship to the eventual meeting, is filmed by Nev's brother Ariel and their friend Henry Joost.
Once they show up in Michigan, they realize everything's not what it seems. As the truth (let's assume it's a real documentary) unravels, the Facebook family gives us a lot to think about when it comes to online relationships and our human need for social interaction. We sat down with the three filmmakers to chat about how they ended up in this unlikely situation and why they didn't run away when confronted with the reality. Check out the interview above, and here's your warning: while we don't give away everything, there may be some spoilers!
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