Posted on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 by Germain Lussier
Made for $30,000 and grossing over $3 million, Catfish is an amazing story both on screen and off. Its “don’t ruin it for me” plot helped turn it into one of the can’t miss indie films of the year but controversy over the film’s validity was questioned almost immediately. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned of a brand new lawsuit issued by Threshold Media against the distributors of the 2010 Sundance documentary darling, Relativity Media and Universal, demanding licensing fees for a song that plays a major role in the film. If the case makes it to trial, it could force filmmakers Ariel Schulman, Nev Schulman and Henry Joost to swear the validity of their movie under oath.
The controversy surrounding Catfish hypothetically stopped the film from making the list of documentary films eligible for an Oscar this year and, though they’ve sworn up and down in the press that the film is real, they haven’t had to do so under fear of perjury.
Discussing the lawsuit involves delving into heavy spoiler territory and since the film won’t be released on DVD until next month, we’ll discuss all the specifics after the jump. But don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled. Read More »