Teenage Paparazzo (image 1)

Fame, its exploiters and its consumers make for an entertaining doc from Entourage star Adrian Grenier.

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Teenage Paparazzo 2009

Directed by Adrian Grenier

Entourage star, filmmaker Adrian Grenier turns the camera on a teenage LA paparazzo in his smart, entertaining investigation of celebrity culture. With Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Matt Damon. “Adrian Grenier gets it.” — LA Times

USA In English
95 minutes

Director

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

Elsewhere

“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