Synopsis: 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.
Production: Universal Pictures/Rogue
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

You know, if this is your

documentary, you're doing a bad job.

'Cause you're catching me when l

don't want to talk about things.

Set it up,

organize a time with me.

Put together some

materials, e-mails,

we'll get the Facebook

conversation printed out,

and we'll really

talk about it.

But do you want to be the

subject of this documentary or not?

No, l don't.

This is about Abby.

Do you want to be

the co-subject?

No, l don't see why. L don't

think l'm that interesting.

l'm making a documentary

about Abby through you.

Can you understand that?

What do you think? L'm going

to talk to Abby right now?

No, l understand.

l'm just saying.

This is an e-mail

from Abby that l got today.

"My snake Zoe died today."

l didn't even know

she had a snake.

"l kind of thought

she was sick since Sunday,

"and this morning

she was almost dead.

"By the time l got back from

school, she was really dead.

"She didn't eat her last meal, so

now l have a pet mouse named Max.

"He's sper cute."

l thought that

was really funny.

Such a positive way of

looking at things, you know?

One pet for the next.

Circle of life.


By the light.

You ready? Sound levels? Everything?


Okay. Today is April 9th,

2008, and l'm about to open...

l think the third

or fourth box, package,

that Angela,

Abby's mom, has sent me.

Let's see what we got.

l'm excited.

What are

you expecting?

l mean,

l know there's a couple...

A couple of pastel drawings that l

really like, that l've seen already.

But l think there's also some pictures

or paintings that l haven't seen.

Let's open this T-shirt first.

This is her brother's band.

"To Rel."

Oh, this is for Rel.

A little card. Do you want to

open it, Rel, or should l open it?

No, you can open it.

From Abby.

Go ahead and read it.

l got to open it.

The card.

l guess this is her brother's

band. The Casualties.

"To Nev. Make sure Rel wears a

brain bucket when he skateboards.

"He scares me a little.

Peace and love, Abby."

So, wear your brain bucket. All right,

now let's look at these paintings.

What's the most one of

Abby's paintings has sold for?

She sounds really nice,

and just normal,

which is a relief, because

the first time we spoke

it was just about a package

and it was short.


Yeah, l mean, she's got, like,

a lot of kids running around.

Her son was plowing. They had,

like, a foot of snow yesterday,

and he knocked over a power

line that knocked into a tree.

So, they had to cut down this,

like, 150-year-old maple tree.

He burnt the transmission out on

the car. They didn't have power.

Phones that were plugged in

got surged and fried.

And she's, like,

you know, dealing with it.

She must be awesome'cause

her kids are pretty awesome,

at least from Facebook.

The Facebook family,

that's what we'll call them.

Her sister Megan is an artist,

and also a dancer,

but she isn't

making as much art...

Or only shared

this picture with me,

because l think she has

a big crush on me.

So when l put that... Made

that my Facebook profile picture,

she really liked it

and told me how nice it was,

and that she thought

how nice it would be

to put her head on my chest

and fall asleep.

So then she drew it, and it's

actually a beautiful drawing.

Yeah, it is.

lt's really good.

She works as a vet,

so she likes animals a lot.

l like animals. L'm not a crazy

animal lover, but l do like animals.

She's a musician.

l think she plays the cello,

maybe also the guitar,

and she sings.

l'm not really a musician, but l

guess you could say that we have

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