Friday, September 17, 2010

CATFISH POLL

Hmmm, after watching this film, I feel like this sucker is fake, to find out why click
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

7 "Documentaries" About Something Fake

1.   (1999) - The filmmakers told the press off the bat that it was fake, but that didn't stop people from believing.

2.   A creepy-cool fake documentary about the fake documentary.   So meta.


3.   (1977) Saw this in the theaters as a child and couldn't sleep for days.  Though it's a real doc, it contained footage of bigfoot that we thought to be authentic at the time, the "Patterson Footage" due to fear of it going too far, it was not revealed as fake until 2002, after the death of a man .


4.   (2010)  The Joaquin Phoenix doc, starting with the David Letterman method acting stunt, Ben Afleck's brother, Casey, directed this documentary that was presented as real.


5.   (2010) - The frustrating TV show Lost was one of the biggest mysteries of the last century.  This one was special to me.  Here's a feature investigation into this known to be fictional mystery.

6.   (2010)  - Ok, this one might be about something totally real, but who can really trust the street art prankster .  This documentary has been questioned, as people wonder if it's a bit of a prank.  The documentary subject Banksy flips the camera on the documentarian and then proceeds to, sort of, help create a monster, "Mr Brainwash".  Many think that Mr Brainwash's career was enabled by Banksy, due to the cameras being there, and to emphasize a point about society and art.  To understand the previous sentence, you probably have to see the movie.  And you should see the movie. In fact it should be required.  Two thumbs way up.


7. Catfish - Though most everyone agrees that the subjects and inciting incident are real in this Facebook fakery documentary.  People think that the filmmakers pretended to not know certain things to add dramatic effect.  They may have allowed themselves to be fooled a little longer, and it is speculated they may have totally changed their actions purely for story purposes like taping a coin to a letter so they could maybe find it later in a mailbox.  If you want to know more about this one check out , there is an hour long special on this doc.




Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Catfish Database

Have you caught someone pretending to be someone else on a dating, IM,  or social networking site?  Well, let this be the beginnings of the place to report them, I give to you the poor mans version of the catfish database.  If it gets big enough I'll make it a stand alone site.  Simply go down to the comments section and leave your story, and a link to the catfish.  Then the next time a beautiful blonde is hitting on you and it seems too good to be true check out this posting for your cfdb.  (Click the title of this post then bookmark it for the future.)
Biggest CATFISH spotted this month on chat roulette. (Not for kids)
Click the Comments section below to read or leave comments, if you are trying to FIND a particular name use the command ctrl-F after you click open the comments section.

The Catfish and the Cod Story

SPOILER ALERT - Don't read this one if you haven't seen the movie. If you have seen the movie and want to hear the story of the catfish again, here ya go.

This is clipped from a  blog, and is a nice, similar reiteration of the catfish and cod story from the movie.

"Let me tell you a story of the cod fish. At the turn of the century cod fish were in much demand on the east coast. News of this tasty fish spread across the country all the way to the west coast. There was however a problem. How could they get the fish across the country and still keep it fresh. They tried to freeze the fish and send it by rail, the fastest means at the time. When it was prepared it turn out to be very mushy and lacked flavor. Then someone decided to ship the fish live turning railroad cars into huge saltwater aquariums. When the cod fish arrived they were still alive but when they were prepared they were still mushy and tasteless. After studying the cod fish someone discovered that their natural enemy was the catfish. This time when the cod fish were but in the tanks they place a few catfish in with them. Those catfish chased the cod fish all the way across the country to the west coast. This time when they were prepared they were flaky and had the same flavor as they did when they were caught fresh and prepared on the east coast. You see the catfish kept the cod from becoming stale. The catfish kept them fresh."

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questions the fact that the directors of CATFISH have acting credits to their name and tells a tale of the film makers response when accused of making a fake documentary, as when pressed they made a few jokes and quickly wrapped up the Q and A.  Hmmmm.  


I love this movie, and really do hope these guys are pulling a fast one on us.  Its about time we had another media prank.  Even if the documentary is true, I would love it if filmmakers would say it was all a big prank just to mess with us.  I want an occasional catfish like this to keep me on my toes.  Check it out for yourself.

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The 8 Year Old Girl Called Us!

Above art painted by A.Pierce from a photo of Abbey
So we came across Abbey, the 8 year old girl's website, and it had a contact page, after some debate questioning if we might be disturbing this little girl's public "contact me" email account, we eventually decided it would probably just be forwarded to someone at UNIVERSAL's public relations department.  (It did seem odd that an 8 year old would have a giant full screen contact me form on her website. I'm not going to give out the url)   So we typed up an email message to little Abbey asking her to call us, and to let us know if this documentary was real or fake by leaving us a message.  We created a special extension at work and left her the phone number with the secret extension.  This was just set up especially for her.  It was not on the outgoing voice menu and it was a three digit extension that was not even close to any of the other extension numbers.

To my surprise, later that day, there was a message, I got chills when I checked the voicemail and heard this.
Click to play message below.

I ran towards the neighboring room calling for Andrea, who had helped in typing the email, telling her that she wouldn't believe it, but she would HAVE TO COME IN HERE AND HEAR THIS VOICEMAIL.  She said, " I forgot to tell you, after I set up the voice mailbox, I tested it out...  That was me." .  Then she laughed in my face.

Oddly enough, Andrea let me know the next day, we did get a legitimate call to that extension.  Here's is what the voicemail sounded like.


We are going to dig into our computerized PBX phone system for the caller ID.  Maybe it will be Rogue Pictures PR, maybe it will be Abbey?  Stay tuned.

CATFISH Starting to Smell?

The  Filmmakers claim its  
Sperling Reich says... "Like many who saw the film at Sundance, I have grown a little skeptical the more I think about the film. While I went along with it as a documentary while watching the movie and shortly afterward, by the next day I was beginning to think the whole film had been made up, if not entirely scripted."According to viewer Michael Williams - "The Sundance hit Catfish is a faux documentary about two aspiring filmmakers and their roommate Nev. Nev is contacted by an eight year old girl, then begins a relationship with her 19-year old sister and mother on Facebook. When they visit the family's farm in Michigan they find that a single lonely woman had fabricated the entire family online. 
The film is undoubtedly orchestrated, although the filmmakers (as part of a marketing ploy) continue to vehemently deny that fact. When confronted with the question of its honesty at a Q&A session, one of the producers sardonically claimed that it was fake and that his brother is a better actor than Marlon Brando. In fact Nev's performance is very good, but he's merely playing a naive and wider-eyed version of himself, not a character.

In short — its fake. And it will be revealed as such in the near future, most likely around the time of the its release. The filmmakers will defend themselves by framing it as a social project or an exploration of the human psyche in an internet age... maybe it is. But calling a fake documentary real is nothing more than manipulation for profit."


Something fishy with CATFISH subjects blogs

On  - Paul Bradford says, "I was given a screener copy by one of my Industry friends. I can confirm that this is nothing more then a movie. It's presented in a way to make you think it's real, but I can assure you that this is nothing more then a Reality Thriller. It has 8 producers, 3 of those being Executive producers. So that kinda gives it away." 






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on  comments
For a woman who was able to fake 3 elaborate facebook pages, which you can't find now, the apparent lack of past web presence before November 2009 strikes me as suspicious.



she has a ton of blogs.

http://www.google.com/profiles/artbyapierce

All of Angela's sites are owned by "Panorama Management Group, LLC" which conveniently hides ownership.

Also on Oct 11, 2008 her son Ronald died.

http://www.bittersweetharvest.com/intro

I have not seen the movie, but am I correct that both stepsons were alive at the time of the "filming?" So that ages the film considerably.

The film premiered January 2010, right?

She makes no mention of the filmmakers in any of her blogs, maybe vague clues, but no hint that her life is about to change. Did she have to sign a nondisclosure agreement along with her release? ;)

And all her books have sold out!

I'd like to see blog postings from the 3 dudes during that time period to see if there is any mention of the Pierces.

I'm spending way too much time looking into this, for what I suspect is little more than an ARG for the Cloverfield sequel.
September 3, 2010 8:17 A

Friday, September 3, 2010

10 Reasons why the documentary movie CATFISH is Fake, and 5 Reasons it is Real.

Here's the trailer if you want to watch it, it could ruin some of the movie for you.  This is the Alien Catfish in the garage theatrical cut.  Hope that's not too much of a spoiler, if so, stop reading now.

SPOILER ALERT
OK, hopefully you have seen the film if you are still reading this, which means you get the above opening of this article. 
Catfish was screened at Sundance earlier in 2010, and many of us had the same reaction.  This sucker is fake isn't it.  Here's 10 reasons why CATFISH feels like a fake documentary.  Let me preface this by saying I loved this film, and thought they SHOULD be allowed to lie, and I strangely enough wouldn't be mad due to some of the the storyline parallels.


1.  When the movie opens on our handsome main character Nev, in about 20 seconds you can sum him up as an "actor type".  If you live in Hollywood you know the type, just watch how his eyebrows individually move up and down and he seems to have that "actory" feel at times, especially later as he tells a story crossing his legs in his undies with a subtle theatrically homosexual fashion.  (He also picks at his nose in the beginning of the film in a suspiciously conspicuously obvious manner.)


2.  They just happened to fall into this wonderful story that seems very similar to the storyline of the Sundance darling documentary My Kid Could Paint That.  I could almost buy that, but the fact that when they meet the mystery woman behind the Facebook page, she is AMAZING on screen.  The chances of both of those happening is astronomical, and she did such a beautiful job, let me be the first to go on record and say SHE SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD.  The scene when she paints our hero Nev at the end reminded me of  beautiful inspired acting improvisations.


3.  When we first meet the mysterious mother/love interest, the shot is angled so that her face is obstructed by a plant and then a post, we have been waiting the whole movie to see her.  If I was filming this I would at least try to move the camera a little to the side, unless of course, I was trying to increase the dramatic tension.


4.  The whole, "lets figure out how to use a wireless lavaliere microphone scene", with the comedic placement of static hits just afterwards stunk of filmmakers trying to make something look rough and real.  Not to mention the testing of how it would sound if you were being hugged, which also gets a laugh later when she gives him a long hug during dialog.  There is also another hidden camera a few feet away, did it not have a mic?


5.  Other audio issues included the fact that the guy behind the camera always sounded too good, not like a documentarian usually sounds, you know he's usually more muffled due to him being behind the mic.  As a matter of fact it sounded a little like the documentary the Last Exorcism, oh yea, that was fake, never mind.  
There are other suspicious scenes, like when they are in the car, and all of them sound great, you don't hear one the guy in the back sounding different or further away from the guys in the front, even with sound clean up, mixing and sweetening this sounds almost too good for the gear they were using. (cannon tx1 camera with crappy mics)


6.  Parallel 1 - While riding in the car away from the mysterious garage door ranch, our hero states that he didn't really feel fooled by her, because he was being tricked by believable harmless type lies that he didn't even really care about.  Which is why I don't feel too bad that they are tricking us, I love that the story line is small and believable enough to have happened, and I'm sure there is some truth to this, but really.  I mean really?


7.  Parallel 2 - What a great lesson, a story about a guy that gets fooled by media (website) by not checking into things, and yet thats what this media (film) may do to us.


8.  Parallel 3 - Think about this.  The mom sells slightly faked art to our hero, the film makers are selling a kind of slightly fake art to us my friends.


9.  Parallel 4 - The Catfish story, the Catfish is added during shipping to keep the Cod from getting soft and mushy by keeping it more alert, so to speak.  In the film it seems to refer to the mom being a trickster catfish.  But I think the MOVIE is the Catfish, we are the Cod, and we should not become complacent.  (BTW You're def not too complacent if you are still reading this)


10.  Parallel 5 - At the end of the film it says the story continues at their website.  The website contains another great parlor trick - you can make a full screen desktop that looks like our hero's computer.


Though I could go on talking about the genius of these parallels or casting actors that can't or don't have any false moments, like the mentally handicapped twins, I will stop here, and give you...


5 reasons why the film IS real.


1.  The filmmaker/actors say that it's real.  And the Studio website classifies it as "Reality Thriller".


2.  Shullman says if it was fake, "my brother would be the best actor since Marlon Brando."


3.  Exec Producer Brett Ratner would try to fool us ( Director of Rush Hour 3, X-MEN 3).


4.  There is a special thanks to JJ Abrams (LOST, CLOVERFIELD) he would never  leave more of a .


5.  All the above are all just things that I felt about the film, some sarcastic, and some unfounded. So who knows, the whole thing could be real after all.


Either way, I think this film is pretty much genius due to the fact that I have this odd feeling, not dissimilar to the way I felt about my ex-girlfriend.   I love it, and hate it, and can't quit thinking about it.


Nev says it's all true.  


Pick up a painted picture by yours truly before they go up in price.  Here's one painted of Abbey, is it painted by Abbey?   Paintings and prints range from $2450 to $6


What did you think about the film?  Please leave comments below.
If you are one of the film makers please drop a thank you note in the comments to all of the interweb junkies like me that will spend way too much time reading and writing about this film.
I hope to catch a catfish.


Special Thanks to for the full original article.