Documentary "Teenage Paparazzo" Debuts September 27
ADRIAN GRENIER TURNS THE CAMERAS ON THE PAPARAZZI IN THE DOCUMENTARY
TEENAGE PAPARAZZO, DEBUTING SEPT. 27, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Film Looks At Celebrity Culture Through The Eyes Of A Young
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton And Rosie
O'Donnell Among Notables Appearing In Film
One night in Los Angeles, Adrian Grenier, star of the HBO series
"Entourage," encountered 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk.
Astounded and inspired by the fast-talking, faster-snapping teen, Grenier
(HBO's "Shot in the Dark") decided to turn the cameras on
Visschedyk in an effort to better understand this unique teenager's world
and gain insight into what motivates people to stalk the famous.
An intimate look at the complicated relationship between paparazzi and
the celebrity culture they serve, TEENAGE PAPARAZZO debuts MONDAY, SEPT.
27 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 30 (12:00 p.m.) and Oct. 2 (12:15 p.m.), 5
(12:25 a.m.), 10 (5:30 p.m.) and 14 (11:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 28 (3:45 p.m.) and Oct. 6 (8:00 p.m.), 16 (12:30
p.m.), 19 (4:20 a.m.) and 27 (4:30 p.m.)
An official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, TEENAGE
PAPARAZZO takes an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the illusion and
the reality of celebrity. Well-acquainted with fans who have trouble
distinguishing real life from fiction, Grenier says it is "strange
that I get all this attention because I play someone who gets all this
attention." He decides to hang out with Visschedyk and the "paps"
to uncover what is going on in "a culture so fixated on fame that its
children stalk celebrities at night." Initially, Grenier thought he'd
be on a journey to get back at the paparazzi for years of what he believed
to be breaches of privacy, but after a while the vendetta turned into a
greater exploration of how they need each other.
Grenier trails Visschedyk as he goes out to look for "the perfect
shot." When other paparazzi suggest Grenier see what it's like on the
"other side," Visschedyk helps him purchase a camera and teaches
him the basics. On his first outing as a paparazzo, Grenier joins in on
the snapping as Brooke Shields is spied leaving a restaurant, and gets a
taste of the adrenaline.
Visschedyk's parents have differing perceptions of their son's
"hobby." His father sees it as a bit of a nuisance, refusing to
drive his son to scope out a tip of a Cameron Diaz sighting, but his
mother calls it normal teen exploration. She feels her son is "trying
to figure out who he is and what his role is in the universe,"
calling such behavior "typical for his age." Despite spending
late nights standing outside Hollywood clubs, Visschedyk gets good grades
while being home-schooled.
Curious about the market for celebrity photos, Grenier talks to
executives at OK! magazine. Film historian James Hosney explains about how
celebrity media attention was once controlled by the Hollywood studio
system. Grenier learns from Visschedyk that stories nowadays are often
invented, based on pictures taken out of context.
Grenier and paparazzi magnet Paris Hilton decides to conduct an
experiment to see if they can create a false rumor about themselves, and
begin to meet in public on a regular basis. Sure enough, the story that
they are romantically involved quickly surfaces in gossip magazines,
columns and blogs.
In addition to Visschedyk, Visschedyk's family and Paris Hilton,
Grenier interviews actors Alec Baldwin, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria Parker
and "Entourage" co-stars Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry
Ferrara; TV personalities Rosie O'Donnell and Mario Lopez (host of
"Extra"); celebrity blogger Perez Hilton; comedians Lewis Black,
Jaleel White and Whoopi Goldberg; and others.
Grenier also talks to psychologists, press and academics. Journalist
Jake Halpern discusses "parasocial relationships," which he
describes as "weird one-way relationships where we don't actually
know the people on TV, but we feel like we do," and admits he has a
hard time not addressing Grenier as "Vince." Mario Lopez says
that at different events and around town, celebrities will come up to him
as if they know each other, almost like they are part of an "unspoken
fraternity." NYU professor Thomas de Zengotita, the author of
"Mediated," observes, "In this society, if you are not
famous, there is a certain very real sense in which you don't exist."
Adrian Grenier, director and producer of TEENAGE PAPARAZZO, stars in
the hit HBO comedy series "Entourage," currently in its seventh
season. In 2002 he founded Reckless Productions as a vehicle for socially
responsible human stories, bothdocumentary and fictional. He made his
directorial debut with the feature-length 2007 HBO documentary "Shot
in the Dark," which chronicled Grenier's year-long search for his
TEENAGE PAPARAZZO is an HBO Documentary Films presentation produced by
Reckless Productions in association with JLoar Productions and Bert Marcus
Productions; directed by Adrian Grenier; producers, Adrian Grenier,
Matthew Cooke, Bert Marcus, John Loar, Robin Garvick and Lynda Pribyl;
co-producer, Evan Ferrante; associate producers, Kimberly Brook and John
Divens; editor, Jim Curtis Mol; director of photography, David Serafin;
music supervisor, Janice Ginsberg; executive producer, Sandlot Venture
Source: HBO Press Release