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Catfish -- A New York City photographer travels to rural Michigan to meet the woman of his dreams, once he's only known through the Internet.
Catfish -- Clip: Nev Composites A Picture Of Himself And Megan Together
Catfish -- Featurette: Filmmakers
Catfish -- Interview: "Henry Joost, Yaniv Schulman & Ariel Schulman On The Genesis Of The Project"
Catfish -- Clip: Rel Asks Nev About How His Relationship With Megan Is Progressing

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Release Date:
2 December 2010 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Don't let anyone tell you what it is.
Plot:
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fishing Scam See more (159 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Yaniv Schulman ... Himself (as Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman)

Ariel Schulman ... Himself (as Ariel 'Rel' Schulman)

Henry Joost ... Himself
Angela Wesselman-Pierce ... Herself (as Angela Wesselman)
Melody C. Roscher ... Herself
Wendy Whelan ... Dancer: Morphoses
Craig Hall ... Dancer: Morphoses
Tiler Peck ... Dancer: Morphoses
Drew Jacoby ... Dancer: Morphoses
Rubi Pronk ... Dancer: Morphoses
Adrian Danchig-Waring ... Dancer: Morphoses

Directed by
Henry Joost 
Ariel Schulman 
 
Produced by
Andrew Jarecki .... producer
Henry Joost .... producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Brett Ratner .... executive producer
Ariel Schulman .... producer
Marc Smerling .... producer
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... co-producer
Tucker Tooley .... executive producer
Colin Wilhm .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
 
Cinematography by
Henry Joost 
Ariel Schulman 
Yaniv Schulman 
 
Film Editing by
Zachary Stuart-Pontier 
 
Production Management
Perri B. Frank .... post-production supervisor
Ken Halsband .... executive in charge of production: Relativity Media (as Kenneth Halsband)
 
Art Department
Angela Wesselman-Pierce .... artist: paintings (as Angela Wesselman)
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Paul Capuano .... dolby sound consultant
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Anderson .... additional cinematographer
Nick Bentgen .... additional cinematographer
 
Animation Department
Andrew Zuchero .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... digital intermediate colorist
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production consultant
Jordan Lindblad .... assistant editor
Patrick McGuinn .... digital intermediate producer
Richie Roefaro .... digital content technician
Daniel Silverman .... conform editor
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Victoria Anderson .... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Danny Elhaj .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Chris Kennedy .... additional music programming: Mutato Muzika
Jackie Mulhearn .... assistant music supervisor
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter .... music clearance coordinator
 
Other crew
Jason Barhydt .... senior vice president of production: Relativity Media
Linda Benjamin .... executive vice president business and legal affairs: Relativity Media
Robbie Brenner .... executive vice president of production: Relativity Media
Paul Davidge .... finance executive: Relativity Media
Nate Greenwald .... business and legal affairs: Relativity Media
Clark Henderson .... client relations
Adam Houghland .... choreographer: Morphoses
Steve Hutensky .... senior vice president business affairs: Relativity Media
Barbara Jean Kearney .... account executive
Victor Kovner .... legal services: Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance coordinator
Pontus Lidberg .... choreographer: Morphoses
Thomas Loftus .... senior vice president business and legal affairs: Relativity Media
Leisha Mack .... business and legal affairs: Relativity Media
Greg Maxwell .... security and integrity consultant (as Gregory Maxwell)
Alice Neuhauser .... senior vice president of operations: Relativity Media
Brian Nurre .... business and legal affairs: Relativity Mdia
Eva Quiroz .... vice president of operations: Relativity Media
Raella Rothman .... production associate
Tara Sad .... transcriptionist
Jeff Sanders .... legal services: Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields
Rachel Schwartz .... coordinator physical production: Relativity Media
Davis Wright .... legal services: Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields (as Davis Wright Tremaine)
Daniel Herther .... executive assistant: Mr. Kavanaugh (uncredited)
Kasia Nabialczyk .... assistant: Brett Ratner (uncredited)
 
Thanks
J.J. Abrams .... special thanks
Dan Beirne .... special thanks
André Des Rochers .... special thanks
Carlton DeWoody .... special thanks
Tony Gilroy .... special thanks
Aimee Gonzales .... special thanks
Emily Wiedemann .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
Runtime:
87 min
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Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:9 | New Zealand:M | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46237)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The song "Megan" sends to Nev titled "Truman Sleeps" is actually from the movie "The Truman Show" (1998).See more »
Quotes:
Yaniv Schulman:[First lines] If this is your documentary, you're doing a bad job.
Ariel Schulman:Why?
Yaniv Schulman:Because you're catching me when I don't want to talk about things.
Ariel Schulman:How should we do it?
Yaniv Schulman:Set it up, organise a time with me, put together some materials, emails, we'll get the Facebook conversations printed out and we'll really talk about it.
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Movie Connections:
References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Does this have anything to do with Catfish?
Is this film really a documentary?
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95 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Fishing Scam, 11 October 2010
Author: Colin George from United States

"Catfish" is a difficult film to talk about without spoiling. The sensationalist trailer gives a deliberately one-sided peek at a film which is ultimately defined by its ending. Expectations should probably be mediated, however—"Catfish" isn't going to blow your mind. In fact, the outcome of this social networking mystery is rather straightforward, but no less brilliant for it. This is a film where palpable suspense cedes way to an unconventional and thought- provoking character study. Maybe the best introduction I can offer is that I really liked it.

Arriving in a market practically gorged with tongue-in-cheek faux documentaries, it's initially difficult to take "Catfish" at face value. The story begins innocuously enough; Yaniv "Nev" Schulman has just had his first picture published in the New York Times when a package arrives at his office containing a painted replica of the photo. The artist is a 12 year- old admirer, and her correspondence begets a peculiar Facebook friendship. As Nev becomes involved with her and her family, however, he begins to notice certain inconsistencies with the perfect lives they lead online.

Much of the build-up feels stagey, and surely something is amiss, because either filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are considerably more talented directors than they portray themselves as, or they are not being entirely forthcoming. The prevalence of the camera during seemingly random moments that become key scenes seems perhaps a bit too fortuitous, and the placement and framing of the shots themselves seem too precisely calculated to have been captured on the fly for this amateur guerrilla venture.

Yet it doesn't matter in the slightest. "Catfish" is about calling our willingness to accept unsubstantiated information into question, and thus encourages a skepticism and natural inquisitiveness towards itself. The entire thing could be fabricated, and its creators have a built-in ace in the hole. Falsifying a non-fiction film about false identity could add a brilliant meta layer to the puzzle.

That being said, I don't believe that Joost and Schulman invented the whole thing. Somebody get these guys a pen and paper if they did. Rather, I tend to identify with the prevailing online rumor that suggests the ending was shot first, with some or most of the first half consisting of retroactive reenactments. But though I question the authenticity of certain moments, whether or not they are genuine seems beside the point—"Catfish" is an effective film.

The foundation of that success lies in its solid technique. The gradual rationing of information and the introduction and unraveling of the central mystery is surprisingly well handled. The plot is obtuse and intense when it needs to be, and the suspense is so potent that some have even been let down that it never becomes an all-out thriller.

But suspense has the tendency to be undervalued in an of itself, and the suspense in "Catfish" is an exceptionally executed, integral part of the ride. The film, on the whole, works not only because of its moments of seizing, visceral tension, but because of the greater message it evokes. In hindsight, scenes like those exploited in the trailer featuring Nev and his buddies arriving at a quiet farm in the dead of night seem downright silly when compared to where they eventually end up.

"Catfish" has been getting a ton of very positive press recently, and it deserves much of the praise it's received. But backlash follows hype like a shadow, and I have a feeling that those swayed into seeing the film who might not have otherwise will enter with unrealistic expectations. It is a fascinating, offbeat experiment, but it still appeals to niche interests. The extent to which we let ourselves believe that the internet is a direct extension of our preceptory senses can be dangerous—But I'll say no more. I don't want to spoil anything.

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