"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. "
— Vince Pierce, Abby's father.
Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman is a photographer living with his brother Ariel 'Rel' Schulman and Rel's filmmaking partner, Henry Joost. After one of Nev's photos is featured in a newspaper, he is sent a painting of his photo by 8 year old Abby. Abby is eloquent and gifted for her age
and she and Nev begin talking, first through letters then through Face Book
. At this point Ariel and Henry begin recording this relationship hoping to create a Documentary
about Abby. Eventually Nev's correspondence extends to include Abby's family, including her mother Angela and her half-sister Megan. As Nev and Megan begin to develop a relationship, Nev, Ariel, and Henry decide to expand the documentary to be about New Media
relationships, especially the budding romance between Nev and Megan.
MTV recently turned the film into a series, in which Nev helps people meet their "catfish" - people using online personas, real, faked, or otherwise.
Catfish provides examples of: