In late 2007, filmmakers Rel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Rel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish, which opens on September 17th is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. We recently had a chance to sit down with the two filmmakers, Henry Joost and Rel Schulman, as well as their subject, Nev Schulman, to discuss their new movie, it's deceiving marketing, controversial subject matter and whether the documentary is real or if it is fake. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.
Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he's in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on Facebook, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby's family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby's attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.