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Catfish -- A riveting suspense thriller with a jaw-dropping twist, this true story follows 3 friends as a filmmaking project takes them on the most exhilarating and unsettling ride of their lives.
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"


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Don't let anyone tell you what it is.
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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  (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
Sean Waters .... consulting 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
Taylor Stoaks .... assistant 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)
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
Angela Wesselman-Pierce .... with gratitude to (as Angela Wesselman)
Emily Wiedemann .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
87 min
Sound Mix:
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?

One of Angela's and Megan's "real" friends on Facebook who shared songs and advice turned out to also be a fictional character called Denton Rose who won America's Dream Date as a fictional character in 2006. The character appeared on Fox, and the WSJ and was offered the lead role in a DreamWorks film.See more »
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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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not just another fish in the film sea, 23 January 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Most human beings have two eyes. One left eye, and one right eye. Catfish pries open your third eye above the two you were born with. That eye is the eye to sense bulls*** from a mile away. It makes you think about the people you associate with online, and the people you come across with on Facebook, the oh-so popular networking site.

Upon finishing this film, I was unsure of what to think of it. "Real or fake?" was the question that popped in my head. Could this be just another false documentary teaching us a lesson, but using actors to portray realistic people? Or was this an authentic documentary showcasing one person's real life experience on the site, and having his brother and friend film it all? My opinion is that this is reminiscent of a reality show. Some scenes are fiction, but somethings are authentic. I really can't say if this is real or fake. But I assume 70% or less is real.

The plot is one of those like Paranormal Activity where you can't reveal too much or the whole thing is ruined. Basically, Young New York photographer Yaniv Schulman's life is put on film by brother Ariel Schulman and friend Henry Joost. They show his relationship with a supposedly eight year old girl on Facebook named Abby who is a child prodigy when it comes to painting. Yaniv will send pictures to Abby, and is told Abby paints them with remarkable talent.

As time passes, Niv shows extreme interest for Abby's family, including her alleged half-sister Megan, and the mother Angela. Once he uncovers some evidence I won't spoil, he goes out to meet the family. There is when the movie becomes a total enjoyment.

Whether fact or fiction, the film makes you think. It succeeds in making you ponder or contemplate the people you associate with on the web. Being an avid reviewer, a social networker, a Tweeter, a Facebooker, a Youtube personality I wonder who is watching my videos. Of course my personal information is nothing but private unless I have a strict build up with the person I discuss with. I haven't ran into any true problems on the web. I consider myself extremely grateful and lucky for that.

Catfish succeeds in being an entertaining time capsule of what will soon be the once popular social network. Facebook will eventually die out just like Myspace, but we will have this film to look back on. While 2010 had one more movie based on the site called The Social Network, Catfish deals with Facebook and it's people. TSN was all about the creation of the site, and the problems Zuckerberg and his friends ran into. That was a totally different film, and well worthy of the Golden Globe wins. Catfish is a one of a kind species that shouldn't be thrown back into the water.

Starring: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Yaniv Schulman. Directed by: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost.

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