Teenage Paparazzo

“Fame, its exploiters and its consumers make for an entertaining doc from Entourage star Adrian Grenier.” — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Director: Adrian Grenier
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Running time: 95 mins
Censor Rating: M - Offensive language

Producers: Adrian Grenier, Matthew Cooke
Screenplay: Adrian Grenier, Thomas de Zengotita
Photography: David Serafin, Steve Fierberg
Editor: Jim Curtis Mol

With: Austin Visschedyk, Adrian Grenier, Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria Parker, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Mario Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, Rosie O’Donnell, Perez Hilton, Alwy Visschedyk, Jane Sieberts, Steve Sands, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Lewis Black, Whoopi Goldberg

Festivals: Sundance 2010

“Adrian Grenier gets it. He’s famous for playing a famous guy, a fictional movie star named Vincent Chase on the series Entourage. In the documentary Teenage Paparazzo, directed by Grenier… he begins by following a 12-year-old paparazzi photographer named Austin Visschedyk. The film unexpectedly becomes a clear-eyed investigation of the fame apparatus as Visschedyk becomes a mini-celebrity in his own right, in part because of his association with Grenier. As a filmmaker, Grenier talks to various intellectuals – an anthropologist, a media theorist and a film historian – as well as such celebrities as Matt Damon, Rosie O’Donnell, Eva Longoria Parker, Lindsay Lohan and comedian Lewis Black, and visits the offices of a glossy supermarket tabloid magazine. He even goes on a staged date with Paris Hilton to see how it gets reported in the press… Grenier understands the distinction between who he is and who he plays on TV and uses the slippage between the two to wedge himself into the cracks of the machinery of fame and the media.” — Mark Olsen, LA Times

“Teenage Paparazzo stands alone as an insightful and well-rounded study of celebrity culture-one that stimulates thought and entertains in equal measure.” — Judah Finnigan, Salient magazine