Catfish ()

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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.


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Self (as Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman)
Self (as Ariel 'Rel' Schulman)
Angela Wesselman-Pierce ...
Self (as Angela Wesselman)
Dancer: Morphoses
Craig Hall ...
Dancer: Morphoses
Dancer: Morphoses
Dancer: Morphoses
Rubi Pronk ...
Dancer: Morphoses
Adrian Danchig-Waring ...
Dancer: Morphoses
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blake Alexandros ...

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

Music by

Mark Mothersbaugh

Cinematography by

Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
Nev Schulman ... (as Yaniv Schulman)

Film Editing by

Zachary Stuart-Pontier ... (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)

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
Adam Sample ... reversioning editor
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)

Casting By

Khalilah King ... (casting)

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 ... re-recording mixer / 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
Tony Jay Perez ... assistant camera / camera operator

Animation Department

Andrew Zuchero ... animator

Casting Department

Frazer Yorke ... casting producer

Music Department

Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor
Jesse Josefsson ... Additional Music
Chris Kennedy ... additional music programming: Mutato Muzika / composer: additional music
Jackie Mulhearn ... assistant music supervisor
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter ... music clearance coordinator

Additional Crew

Jason Barhydt ... senior vice president of production: Relativity Media
Linda Benjamin ... EVP of 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
Ashley Jacoby ... production assistant
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
Samantha Ludlow ... production assistant
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
Celeste Thoms ... production assistant
Davis Wright Tremaine ... legal services: Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields
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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Plot Summary

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel'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 is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. Written by Universal Pictures

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Taglines Don't let anyone tell you what it is. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Catfish - en Facebook-affære (Denmark)
  • Как я дружил в социальной сети (Russia)
  • Pangasius (Canada, French title)
  • 非識不可 (Taiwan)
  • Catfish/キャットフィッシュ (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 87 min
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Budget $30,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $257,285, 19 Sep 2010

Did You Know?

Trivia As of August 2011, the film has been hit with two lawsuits and, according to Catfish distributor Relativity Media, the film has an unrecouped balance of more than $8.5 million and will not likely ever become profitable. Both of these lawsuits have to do with songs used within the movie not being attributed to their creators. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Town (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Good Vibrations See more »
Crazy Credits The opening logos are recorded off a computer (specifically a Mac). The Universal logo is shown as someone using Google Earth. The Relativity Media logo is shown as if it was an online video. The Rogue Pictures logo is shown as a desktop icon. See more »
Quotes Vince Pierce: They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They'd keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn't have somebody nipping at our fin.
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