Overwhelmingly sad, honest, creepy and ultimately hopeful, Catfish is easily the most buzzed-about documentary of the Sundance Film Festival so far, but also one that comes with a few rules -- most notably that it's best to go into it as fresh and spoiler-free as possible. On one side, it's unfortunate, because there's some great discussion to be had, but on the other I understand the need from a marketing (and moviegoer) standpoint to keep certain parts of Catfish a secret because by doing so it intensifies the overall experience of watching the film.
But here's what I can tell you: Yaniv "Nev" Schulman is a young up-and-coming New York photographer who, at one point, had one of his photos published in The New York Sun. Not long after that, Nev received a painting of his photograph in the mail; one that was so expertly and beautifully crafted by an 8-year-old girl named Abby. Nev soon struck up a Facebook friendship with Abby, sending her his photographs in order to help feed this little girl with an amazing talent -- eventually becoming online and phone friends with Abby's family, including her mother Angela and older sister Megan, as well as several of Megan's friends from home in Michigan.
Fascinated by this relationship and the art it was producing, Nev's filmmaker brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost decided to document the goings-on of this somewhat peculiar-yet-endearing friendship, but little did they know at the time it would turn into one of the most fascinating stories you'll watch all year.