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Catfish

In this tale of electronic attraction, love, deceit and forgiveness, the dark reality of how far one woman was willing to go to soothe her emotional aches and pains is unearthed, and CATFISH asks the question: what exactly can we trust in this age of virtual connections?

Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Year: 2010
Time: 87 min
Club Member Rating:
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(2010) on IMDb

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Share this film. Give others the chance to learn from the Catfish tale. 

Log out of your Facebook account for 24 hours. Connect face-to-face or make phone calls instead.

Support local artists. Wiki How offers 6 great ways to encourage and help struggling artists, including “Respect them. Compliment them. Refer them, but most of all – pay them!”

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The Phenomenon of Internet Scammers Who Fabricate Online Identities

“The fabricated life stories and photographs that they cobble together online often contain the experiences, friends, resumes and job titles that they wish were their own, providing a complete window into how these scammers want the world to see them – and how far they fall from those ideals.” – Read the full article on “Catfishing” here.

Meeting the Girl in the Pictures

After the head-spinning realization that things were not as they appeared,  the filmmakers cold-called Aimee Gonzales: the girl behind the face that Nev had fallen in love with: Watch what happened.

Facebook With Care: Social Networking Site Can Hurt Self-Esteem

“According to three new studies, Facebook can be tough on mental health, offering an all-too-alluring medium for social comparison and ill-advised status updates.”

Read an overview of these studies here

SPOTIFY

Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.

Can You Believe This?

That’s what New York Magazine thinks you’ll be asking yourself after seeing the mind-blowing twists in this doc.

“CATFISH’S intricate twists won’t be revealed here—but suffice it to say that Megan is too good to be true. Plenty of people think the film may be, too. Nev and Rel have lately found themselves defending their work—and that year in Nev’s life—against skeptics who believe that his experience was planned or even flat-out fabricated.”

The World Where You Aren’t What You Post

The New York Times reviews Catfish:

“‘The Social Network’ is about origins, while ‘Catfish,’ at once narrower and more universal in implication, is about consequences. Mr. Zuckerberg may be the genius who invented Facebook and cashed in on its success, but many of the rest of us live, at least some of the time, in the world he made, and on the evidence of ‘Catfish,’ it can be a pretty creepy place.”

Virtual vs. in Real Life: The Value of Relationship Perspective

Michael Wu, Ph.D. is Lithium’s Principal Scientist of Analytics, digging into the complex dynamics of social interaction and group behavior in online communities and social networks. Read the article here!

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AM I A GOOD PERSON?
A set of six films exploring the blurry boundary between truth and lies, good intentions and plain deception.

At Least 67.65 Million Fake Facebook Accounts Were Used Last Month.

Curious about what kinds of accounts contribute to that number? Read more here.

A Great Story Of Isolation And Connection

Listen as NPR discusses the film, and its thoughts on speculation that the film itself may be a fake.

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