She insists that she's not engaged in any fake online relationships. 20/20 reveals the inside story of the controversial movie "Catfish." ", 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. She had followed the film-makers' work closely in advance, and there is an unnerving sense in … We were right.”, Rodness concurs, "We've obviously filmed some horror movies over the years and after we had the success on Netflix with Jack of All Trades, the next logical step for us as filmmakers was to investigate… murder. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Wesselman said she's replaced her virtual relationships with the real ones that don't dissolve in the Ethernet. "I've spoken to her just briefly ... to let her know what was going on ... and she's not happy.". Catfish: The TV Show is an American reality-based documentary television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating.The series is based on the 2010 film Catfish and premiered on November 12, 2012. Wesselman must live with the movie's stigma and, perhaps worse, explain it to her family. Max Joseph served as a co-host for the first seven seasons of the show and his last episode aired on August 22, 2018. It is currently co-hosted by Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford. "It sounds weird to say, but it's given her an opportunity she wouldn't have had before," Wesselman said. I just think I have the ability to create a lot of illusions for people.". We figured that finding a killer would be a bold new mission for us and a huge challenge. When he tracks Abby down he finds out she is not a painter and is not in contact with her half sister. "It would literally kill me to do this again," she said. Scott scolded the filmmakers for exploiting Wesselman for their documentary -- an accusation which they and Wesselman, deny. She created online profiles for at least 21 relatives and friends to round out Megan's social circle. After the cameras stopped rolling and the truth came out, Wesselman said she continued to send Schulman e-mails attached to fake identities. Another person with a bone to pick with Wesselman is Aimee Gonzalez, a 30-year-old photographer at Bella Divine Photography, a model and a mother of two, whose image was hijacked by Wesselman. 'Catfish' Meets 'Deliverance' in Unreal True Crime Story 'Faking a Murderer' [Trailer]. ", "When you take a look at Adam and Stu’s body of work, you get a real sense of how committed they are to the filmmaking process, regardless of the genre or format," states Breakthrough Entertainment’s Feature Film Co-ordinator Chris Benn. Said to combine the online haziness of Catfish with the backwoods dread of Deliverance, Faking A Murderer sees director Stu Stone and producer Adam Rodness helming the project, only this time the two filmmakers appear in front of the camera as well as behind it. | Moviegoers and critics alike have questioned "Catfish's" legitimacy. "You have to have other friends.". | Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. ", "As a die-hard fan of the true crime genre, I knew this would be an exciting project for 5’7 Films to take on next," states Stone. "I've been able to focus more on our family ... on our relationship ... on making things right in the home ... and to me that's a benefit. The film follows Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old New York City photographer who becomes entangled in … "I'm totally fine admitting she just outsmarted me.". ... She gets angry about it at times," Wesselman said. An online correspondence began and the charade escalated when Wesselman created the character of Abby's older sister. I can't go to New York, I couldn't go to Sundance. Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. "I'm more stable because of the boys coming and bringing light to the problems," she said. To bring these personas to life, Angela assumed all of their identities. All the twists and turns of the movie "Catfish" are revealed in this article. But further research through "contacts of contacts" on Facebook shows that the true painter is a homebound woman who has given up a career to mother a severely retarded son,and the Facebook fantasies are all she has. CATFISH has kept viewers gripped to their TV screens for years, as Nev and Max try to expose the truth about the cruel internet ghosts tricking clueless love seekers. Then, there's Wesselman's estranged 21-year-old daughter Megan, who served as the inspiration for the character. At the end Angela's husband says that some people are like "catfish" added to preserve the flavor of "codfish which otherwise would fade and become dull in a preserve. She posted messages on Facebook in the voice of Abby, Megan, their brother and friends, switching minute by minute. Wesselman said her problems began when she looked for feedback on her artwork online, and was met with snide and stinging critiques. "It took months of counseling afterwards to really point out how far I had immersed myself into that ... and that I couldn't get out of it on my own," she said. Nev suspects that the "sexy" half sister of the 8 year old painter and the painter Abby herself are fakes since when he hears a video of Abby's sister singing, he realizes that the voice is "borrowed' from a pop singer.