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Tuesday
Feb012011

Audience Feedback From January 2010

From watching the program it made me realise that fame isnt all that it seems and that you have to be strong minded not to crack under pressure of it all. I think it was great for Adrian to do this film as it was like him saying

I am human...

I think Adrian is a really trendy guy and a fantastic role model to others. He grasped the attention of his audience really well and produced something which is out of the ordinary. I would love to see Adrian continue on in his acting career but also producing documentaries similar to Teenage Paparazzo as Adrian has the power and talent to make people connect and understand the issues raised. I also believe that if Adrian were to continue on in this field of television he will see much return for many years to come.
January 23, 2011 | Mr sugar cakes
      

I watched the program last night and just loved every minute of it.
I was expecting another show on how the paparazzi hound and destroy lives etc but was surprised at the angles the documentary actually covered.

A very good documentary on the subject and the young boy, would highly recommend a watch, even if you are not interested in photography at all.

Chris
www.cpphotography.org.uk
January 13, 2011 | CPPhotography.org.uk (cpphotography@btinternet.com)
      

This is how Adrian Grenier's controversial documentary struck me.

PAPAROID EYE

Mechanised paparroid eye hunts its prey
incessantly snapping its subject
without limitation or exception
Its subject unable to escape its eagle eyed grasp
Unveiling all, in that uninvited moment,
its target unopposedly brought to task

Nothing missed when the lens focussed on its sight,
captured for all on which to muse
Feeding the media monster multiplying second by second
With alarming uncontrollable stealth
Serving the unseen with unimaginable power, unprecedented wealth
Perpetrating an all encompassing voyeurism unable to be blotted out
Truefully Illustrating society's blinded need
to be connected to a virtual community
In which Its members in reality forever out of reach
Yet to which many want to feel they belong, perhaps not understanding why
Endlessly tempted with glimpses of celebrities through the glossy
pages of ever growing numbers of tabloid magazines
Feeding the fantasy of a life not yet experienced believing it will be better
Resulting in the breaking down of real communities in gilded cities
Shrinking perceptibly with the lack of interest or even the time
their sense of pride and numbers sadly on the wane

Yet images flicker and flicker incessantly through gadgets
we are denying our addiction to and can seemingly no longer function without
Reading their subliminal messages yet not knowing the reasons why
Time to switch focus to the life you find yourself in,
Without this compulsion or comparison
to aspire to fantasy lives that only for a few exist,
and to understand for those we perceive to already have those lives
Only they know. they would perhaps. given the choice in hindsight
to have their old life where they had their real friends,
their time, their space, their privacy
The equilibrium of a life lived how they wanted it to be
not how they are now, however willingly, seemingly forced to exist
January 12, 2011 | Kelly (Akell43@hotmail.com)
      

Really impressed with this documentary especially as I had only known Adrian for his work as an actor in Entourage previously. This is well put together and fascinating due to a depth of analysis and comment reagrding the nature of fame and the relationships between the famous and society in general.

By the end I was beginning to worry for the kid Austin as it looked like he was turning into a monster but the epilogue a year later showed that he had matured massively in that time and become a much more likeable and rounded person.

Adrian - please pursue your documentary making in the future as you have a real talent as both presenter and director in so far as you explore and engage with your subject in a way reminiscent of Louis Theroux which creates an intimacy for the viewer which is refreshing and honest.
January 12, 2011 | Martin UK
      

Wow personally I have no interest in photography yet I found myself unable to stop watching your documentery.
January 12, 2011 | Alex
      

Well done on the documentary. I found it very interesting. It was amazing someone so young had so much drive. Then also how the extra attention was affecting his relationships with friends and family. It also gave great insight into both the pap world and celeb world. I wish for you both to have the happy lives you deserve.

Peace
January 12, 2011 | Jamie
      

hey like others just finished watching this on uk tv.
I have to say i was hooked to watching it lol
I like the fact that wee man changed his views i am just a regular joe blogg and i have always had a few questions about celebs and paps most was address it was nice to see 2 sides of the stories here and i thought you captured it well . i am glad this boy now a man i see has had a great experience and learned so much i think your intervention helped with or without you his thirst was growing stronger but you knocked him back down to earth so well done both of you and hope we see lots more of his talent
good work :)
January 12, 2011 | stephanie (stepzy3@msn.com)
      

just finished watching your movie on uk tv what a refreshing documentary
an insight into both sides of the fence.
as a avid photographer i enjoyed it from the paparazzi side of the fence and many years ago tried my hand at photos for cash which was unsuccessful.
going back to the documentary it deserves to win awards i hope the young paparrazi benefits from proceeds of the documeantary as well. but i feel his mother came across as a weak parent possible she loved the attention side of things as well.
a documentary with a difference honest and revealing
January 12, 2011 | pawl (pawl15@hotmail.com)
      

i just watched the documantary and was very intresting, the documentry has made me wanna become a paparazzo :). i hope he comes a succeful photographer wich from his say 'fame' he could become a massive photographer for say fashion just like celebrity life in general and become a succes not from being famous but being a professional photogropher, like he said he doesnt want to become famous from being a paparazzo but something else and a professional photogrpher could give him that
January 12, 2011 | charlie (sellick_rm7@hotmail.co.uk)
      

Hi as I have literally just finished watching the film on CH4 UK I would like to say this Documentary should be shown to media students and any one with an interest in media related social trends. The end was far from disappointing and it played out as it should with Adrian taking responsibility for the content of said documentary the angles included to stress the Social trends towards modern day celebrities were well informed and credible. I personally would like to know how the film did at Sundance?

Adrian Keep up the documentary work as it seems you have a flare for such projects, many thanks, and I found it insightful despite my interest as a Cinematography/Film production student here in the UK I think its a must see for all walks of life.......Thanks....Ritch..
January 12, 2011 | brimm* (brimm@live.com)
      

Hi Adrian,

A fine piece of work!

I'm Marc a London photographer!

I always intend to capture the best out of everyone I photograph!

there are you nice guys and your bad guys

I'd like to think i'm one of the good guy's

Austin I think now probably well I'd like to hope he want's to capture the best out of everyone he captures!


Thanks.

Marc

www.marcgardner.co.uk
January 12, 2011 | marc gardner (marc@marcgardner.co.uk)
      

Just watched the documentary here in Ireland,
great to get insight from both perspectives.
great film would like to see how life turns out in ten years time
January 12, 2011 | maura
      

Just watched the TV documentary (in the UK). Very interesting and fascinating to watch. Think you gave a balanced view on a sensitive subject - especially with regards to parenting queries of the teenager. So so glad that a year later, his views have changed.
A great piece of work. I've never felt strongly enough to ever give any feedback about a documentary until now.
Huge congratulations for a great documentary.
Kind regards
Tina
January 12, 2011 | Tina (Tinaworth@tiscali.o.uk)
      

Hey, You'r Film just came on TV.. I Used to never understand why paparazzi
do what they do.. But Listening to differnt veiws and oppinions i Kinda realise why they do what they do. And do anything to get a picture Good enough. I think you're a very smart young boy and i hope that you do well in life :) i'm from England Uk.. Manchester. We dont get paparazzi round here Haha.. so its shocked me to see how Crazed they are to get a perfect picture. The film was amazing. Especially the ending, How you two decided to become friends away from all the cameras. I used to wonder what its like to be famous.. But i will never know the feeling.. just the way it looks. I hope that you grow up doing what you really want in life :)

Leanne..19.. England xox
January 12, 2011 | Leanne (Leanne_bayes_182@hotmail.co.uk)
      

Just finished watching the documentary on british tv. I'm 18 and I just found it so refreshing and fascinating. The honesty of it all, I think I learned a lot from it. I really admired your aim, and how naturally the journey developed, your honesty and the extent to which you got involved was so admirable.
Enjoyed it so much and hope the friendship became stronger. You did a good deed by making Austin see the facts of it all though it was obviously tough.
An eye-opener for everyone, much love, its obvious this is becoming a massive hit xx
January 12, 2011 | Natalie (natalie.c.f@hotmail.co.uk)
      

Just been aired on tv in the uk! Really interesting insight into paparazzi/celeb relationship. LOVED it!
January 12, 2011 | Amylooeze
      

Really interesting docu. Nice to see your work Adrian
January 12, 2011 | Ali (ali_avgar@hotmail.com)
      

Hi, the documentary has just been aired in the UK and have to say it is a work of genius, congrats on such a successful film.

Sarahh
January 12, 2011 | Sarahh (sarahhlavinia@hotmail.co.uk)
      

Hey Adrian i am a huge fan of your work i havent seen the movie yet cause i
havent heard of it yet here in canada i would love to see it if it has been released here or if you can send me autograph copy or let me know when and where it will be released here in canada.
Love xoxo Jennifer
January 11, 2011 | miss jennifer chang (missjen325@gmail.com)
      

Met you in Toronto yesterday. Great movie and I look forward to your future acting and directing projects.
January 9, 2011 | George Abisaleh (Georgeabi@Rogers.com)
      

Hiya!

Think I just (sorta almost) met you in line at customs. Wow, you're in my city! Well I'm really excited to see this film-- sounds like it's right up my ally! Call me if you want to jam sometime while you're in town (not like you'd have time, HAHA!). Good luck with the film!

Cheers!
Marianne
January 8, 2011 | Marianne (mtbmusic@gmail.com)
      

dear mr. grenier
thank you for making this film. first of all it was a good story. second of all i do not think you fucked up by getting involved with the kid. third of all i think the mama seemed like she was blaming you and i thought she was wrong to do that.

i just wanted you to know I really appreciated the point of view both personal and academic on fame, i learned a lot from it. you asked honest and revealing questions, that was good. i am an artist in my early 30's and i grew up thinking that fame was the ultimate pay off, the only way to know if i was any good. but you know what i think now? i think fame sucks. i think media attention is not only not validating, it is toxic and unforgiving at best. now i just want to do my work, make a living and be happy. im just as ambitious as i was before, i just would never want to go through what you and your fellow celebrities do all the time. i admire you for putting up with it, but i dont know how you do. i felt bad for you when you said that you felt violated, i would hate for that to be my life every day. i really hope the work you do makes up for it. knowing more about what fame really is helped me to take the pressure of thinking i should be famous off myself. its such a relief. i watch documentaries all the time, but this one really made a difference to me. good story. thanks again to all involved.
January 3, 2011 | carolina nulatienpo (cnulatienpo@gmail.com)
      


Saturday
Jan012011

Audience Feedback From December 2010

great film adrian! watched it this morning, tells a good story about how fame can go to your head! glad the mother realized how controlling her little snot son was! nice to see he changed his ways! maybe someday someone will do a documentary on me, famous excavator operator from alberta! lol
December 31, 2010 | rick kemt (rlkent@live.ca)
şüphe dizisi - Exelente film para entender al progimo
December 23, 2010 | Cenko (zenctocan@gmail.com)
      
     

Please come and do a special screening in Montreal, QC. It is the perfect city for exposure for a real film like this one. If you come I will throw a private city loft cast party. I also have a home and business in Naples, Italy. Honestly I will throw a cast party in either country just to witness a cast party. And please make more films. Thanx.


I really enjoyed watching this documentary on HBO. I was so happy to see in the end that they young kid realized that there's much more to life then stalking celebs and being a disrespectful douche. He really seemed to change his mind on himself when he watched the movie with you and his mum. I think it was a great learning experience for everyone involved in the project! I was wondering how you were going finish the ending, and you picked the perfect way. I hope you guys have truly become real friends instead of just being a pap and a celeb.
Great Film!
December 16, 2010 | Darcie J (darcienjefferis@gmail.com)
      

I really enjoyed this documentary and i dont generally enjoy stuff like this but I was curious. what could a teenager possibly bring to the world of celebs? Austin himself is interesting as the focus of the film. he brings some insight as to what its like to be up all hours waiting for a celeb to appear. what its like to be hounded from one end of town to the other for nothing but a "unflattering shot"...He's real. sure he turned into a snot rag for a bit but after seeing the film himself and realizing how much of a brat he was, he turned around. I was quite surprised by the turn-around in him. Adrien does a great job with this film, even becoming briefly, a pap himself. He gets a better understanding of being on the other side of the camera.

Great film, thank-you
December 16, 2010 | Katrina
      

I think Adrian did a great job, he gave us an insight as to what a young Pap was like and why... Glad that Austin at the end man's up to reality...
Awesome work by all involved Thank you...
Vancouver BC Canada
December 11, 2010 | danno1962 (daniel_leclair007@hotmail.com)
      


Wednesday
Dec012010

Audience Feedback From November 2010  

excellent film very interesting
Greetings from Costa Rica
November 27, 2010 | walter
      

ALL THE WAY FROM URUGUAY, GREAT FILM, really intresing stuff
November 27, 2010 | camila
      

Amazing how every aspect of our behavior reveals importants facts about human nature when is expose correctly.

These film turns some of the most superficial behavior of our culture into a deep thought of human nature and our society.

Congrats.
November 27, 2010 | Opiado (paramdoh@puc.cl)
      

Wow, just watched the documentary on HBO Argentina. It was really excellent (otherwise I wouldn't have gone straight to the computer to search for more stuff about it). I really enjoyed it because it led us into a world which is so difficult to understand, the weird world of the relationship between celebrities, magazines, consumers and paparazzi. And it was honest the whole way through, it really felt like being part of a learning process. And no one came out as the "bad guys", not even the director which is quite amazing taking into account that it deals with a subject everybody seems to have strong opinions about. Congratulations Adrian, you have really done something to be proud about, a really great documentary.
November 26, 2010 | Henrik
      
 

Hi, I have to tell the truth, I stumble into the movie by accident and I'm glad I did, I discovered acting by accident as well, I was looking for a change, in my life and career something that made me feel I've acoplished something, then sommething change and for a while I thought I wanted to be an actress so I'll be famous, recognized....After seeing your documentary, I sitll want to be an actress and get to make movies and tell stories, I don't know. what ever life brings, either my work is known or not, I'll be doing it for me and because it makes me happy, and If work is agknolege good if not, Its fine by me too.
Also, I do like watching tv shows and movies, I really enjoy it, For me It's facinating, the work of the actors, and actresses and all, but I would be lying If I didn't say, It was the actor, now I'm just looking forward the next project , for their work, as for me I'm going to learn the craft and enjoy what I do.
November 23, 2010 | elliane20 (elliane20@yahoo.com)
      


Well i have to say congratulations Adrian...u are the best
November 15, 2010 | sheyla (sheylabandrade@hotmail.com)
      

Just watch the documentary on HBO BRAZIL, absolutely loved it!!! Great perspective of this world, he grew up so fast and realize what is really important in life.
twitter.com/kee_ty
November 15, 2010 | Ketilly (ketillymayara@hotmail.com)
      

amazing inside look to 'celebrity status' and the longing for it. I really hope you got through to Austin, he was a real doucher hopefully he put his photog skills to better use and doesn't long to become a superficial dumb ass
November 13, 2010 | manda1
      


The last time I commented on a movie I tried to say something on a Jamie Foxx page about 'the Soloist' but my screen froze so it never posted. Teenage Paparazzo is a bizaar but beautiful commentary on the fragmentation of media and performance art and film art and just plain art. Storytelling at its best for modern-day-reality-fame-monster-narcissism-style. I loved it but of course I love Adrian so I would love anything he does! I'm totally suffering (enjoying)the parasocial relationship and Adrian proliferation. And I think he should do another documentary and it should be an expose about the pharmaceutical industry and psychology/phsychiatry, doctors, and medicine in general. Its refreshing to see somebody in life (real or imagined/illusion) who acts and lives in a trasnparent way, across media channels, relationships, heck; across the universe. I mean that I perceive Adrian being the same person in private as he is in public. A gentleman. An infamous gentleman celebrity. Rock star guru holy man I mean hippie and if I had to confess to somebody I would certainly choose Adrian as my priest, oh yes. LOL
November 4, 2010 | Wellbee

Monday
Nov012010

Audience Feedback From October 2010

Hey,
Just seen the movie, absolutely loved it!!! Great perspective Adrian ! And Austin good to see you've grown. Anyhow just wanted to say great job! Hope to see more from you Adrian I really enjoyed this.

Holly
October 26, 2010 | Holly Warford (warford77@hotmail.com)
      

Oh my gosh! Just watch this while spending the day working and I really love the support Austin received from his mother BUT I believe the lesson learned in this experience is more truthful to the lives of ourselves. Kids and parents are ALWAYS being taught lessons. I found the role of it more meaningful that Adrian was the teacher. Our society needs to push for more privacy. We as social should think about that and tell others. Austin will became a great man and his mother should be proud. Adrian you are a wonderful person who I look forward to watching you in your career. Overall a very reflecting film on all sides with this mirror in our faces we need to ask "How can we change? Austin what do you think? Adrian? You?.....
October 22, 2010 | Chels
      

Excellent movie! Thank you for making it.
October 22, 2010 | Jackie
      

I actually haven't seen it yet, as there has only been one screening in Australia (Melbourne) and it sold out before I could get tickets. So it should be screened on tv here.
October 18, 2010 | Danielle Molinari (dcmolinari@students.latrobe.edu.au)
      

I watched this today after being intrigued by the title alone, and found it to be both interesting and thought-provoking. I, too, fell into the category of believing that a lack of privacy comes with the territory of being a celebrity (much like what Paris Hilton and Alec Baldwin admitted to); however, after watching this, I do believe more privacy ethics and respect for the individual (famous or not) is necessary in this industry. While I was bothered by the fact that some young teenager was allowed, by his parents, to roam the streets of LA at all hours of the day and night (or so it was portrayed), I think it is great that they supported his ambitions. It would have been the perfect opportunity for them to discuss with their son the value of human life, respect, and privacy, and to encourage him to apply his amazing gift to other subjects just as much his work-related interests. Adrian also did an outstanding job in directing this film by not criminalizing or creating an animosity towards the paparazzi. Overall, a really interesting documentary.
October 16, 2010 | Suzannah
      

Great film. Very interesting.

I was at the New Hampshire screening yesterday.

P.S. - I'm a web developer and have been involved in Internet Marketing for the past 8 years. If you guys want a had with the social website Adrian mentioned he was having issues with please contact me.
October 16, 2010 | Brian Evans (brian@dailyconversions.com)
      

Just watched this -- was channel surfing and came across it. Didn't really know much about Adrian Grenier (sorry, I think?), but was intrigued by the sincerity with which he addressed the subject matter. I particularly liked the candid takes with Matt Damon, Eva Longoria and, in particular, Rosie O'Donnell. All I could think after seeing the stills that Austin took (sunsets, flowers, scenery) was what an INCREDIBLE photographer he is. What a gift and, shamefully, somewhat wasted on celebrities (sorry again, Adrian). If anyone reads this and knows Austin, an excellent documentary for him to watch would be War Photographer which is all about James Nachtwey. Austin could learn so much from James' quiet confidence and incredible experiences. Please, please, please, somebody nab this young savant and channel him in the right direction. His mom is so well-intentioned but, frankly, a little clueless and overrun by her too-intelligent-for-his-own-good son. Great job, Adrian. I was glued to the screen. :o)
October 16, 2010 | Karen E. (pkrp@shaw.ca)
      

I just saw the film at the NHFF and it was great, but don't tell my teachers I skipped school! Thanks for the q&a after Adrian. I am the same age as the teenage paparazzo and can't imagine doing that work!
October 15, 2010 | Connor
      

I just watched this, and it was really great. It was interestin to see the perspective that celebrities have on paparazzi. I have always felt that celebrities deserve privacy, and I'm glad that Austin seemed to agree as he matured :)

-Denyse
October 14, 2010 | Denyse (dkripp1@gmail.com)
      

Just wanted to say that i really enjoyed this movie. i thought it was well made. good on you adrian!
October 14, 2010 | ben (benstordy@gmail.com)
      

This was a ridiculously engrossing movie. I was just channel surfing, saw this movie on, flipped to the channel and meant to catch a few minutes of it to see what it was about, and from the get go I was completely absorbed by the story Adrien spins.

The film was smart, well rounded, and ended on a feel-good note. There was drama, suspense, danger, all sorts of things that make it a great movie, and at the end, it really makes you think. I think it's definitely given me more insight to the entire world of celebrities and the crap they have to deal with, as well as the ridiculous working environments of the paparazzi.

Earlier today, I was reading an article about how Paris Hilton's driver ran over a photog's foot while she was trying to get away, and I immediately thought back to this film, and now empathize with Paris and how it was *probably* the photog's fault for being in the way. At the same time, I imagine that the photog's pain was probably numbed by the adrenaline rush they were experiencing (heh).

Anyways, awesome movie, thanks for making it. (Off Topic:I loved Adrien in Devil Wears Prada btw).
October 14, 2010 | Lily (detour.shortcut@gmail.com)
      

It's because of my wife that celebrities get chased around like that. We could feed a small country with the money she spends on people magazine.

All kidding aside it was a well put together documentary.

Ryan
October 13, 2010 | Ryan (ryanandtammy@ntl.sympatico.ca)
      

Hey all, I commented a couple pages back about how good I thought the film was. Just wanted to let everybody know that my entire 'enovel' JOHNNY CRUISE is now up on the web (for a limited time) for anyone to read for free. This is a book that explores similar issues as TEENAGE PAPARAZZO and a whole lot more. Adrian said he wanted to keep the conversation going (regarding the issues his film raises), and reading my book is one way to do this! Please pass the link below around so others can read it and be sure to read the ebook yourself. Thanks! Also, if you are a movie producer, I would like to turn JOHNNY CRUISE into a movie, so give me a ring haha! And Adrian, you would be perfect for the main role. Just throwing that out there...

http://johnnycruise.blogspot.com/
October 13, 2010 | Matt Burns (m2burns@comcast.net)
      

Just finished watching & thought it was fantastic! Love the term parasocial!
Very interesting documentary.
Thanks Adrian Grenier...I hope that Austin continues to succeed & you both remain friends.
October 12, 2010 | Shelby
      

I watched this documentary on HBO and loved it! It shows how paparazzi and celebrities are alike as well as differ. Alot of similarities that I've never seen between these two. I also liked how the paparazzi were the ones in the spotlight and got to see what it's like on the other side. Hopefully Austin will take his talent of photography and use it to take him many places in life!
October 11, 2010 | Eric Eversole (Eric_Eversole2000@Yahoo.com)
      

Just saw the documentary. Good video, unbiased. Showed opinions and facts from both celebrites and paparazzi. Thought the scene where "everyone was shooting everyone DOING NOTHING" was pretty funny. Real eye-opener to the number of reality shows out there that film people doing nothing in my opinion. I'm sure you guys can think of a few.

Nice work.
October 10, 2010 | Mitchell (bitchmuffin1988@yahoo.com)
      

I just finished watching this film and found it very interesting. Having a word, parasocial, to put to the relationship between a person and a celebrity or a character was intriguing.

I hope Austin moves in the right direction, and that his mother learns that she is the adult and Austin is a kid. She needs a backbone.
October 10, 2010 | Christi (christirneal@yahoo.com)
      

I watched the documentary & I thought it was really good! It was an interesting story..made me think twice about what im reading , also made me see celebrities & the paparazzti in a different way! Great documentary Adrian, & Austin keep it up.
October 10, 2010 | Tamara Leiva (tamaraleiva.xo@hotmail.com)
      

what was that song that the two main characters were listening to in the car. it had something to do with the word "coast" i'm wondering cause the song sounded great. dieing to know!
October 9, 2010 | damicostar (evo360@hotmail.com)

What a great documentary!!!
October 6, 2010 | Becky Cromwell (Beckycromwell@gmail.com)
      

For 25 years I've been able to make a living with a videocamera and as each year has passed I realize more and more the great responsibility that comes with it. Your documentary was just brilliant-- a great ride with plenty for the intellect. The fantastic editor took us on a fast stream of consciousness that was gritty and unusually truthful. You have everything that you needed in this, and it's bravo all the way. Congratulations, and thank you.
October 6, 2010 | Chris Szwedo
      
      

Wonderful documentary. Had a friend who had his entire career taken from him because of a misunderstood paps picture that made it's way through the media. He's still trying to recover. Thanks so much for the education and for investigating all sides of this...it's a love/hate relationship that's for sure.
October 5, 2010 | Laura (kelleylaura7@hotmail.com)
      

Well, I would watch it if I had an opportunity.
Come to Croatia- ZagrebDOX is waiting for such an art piece!
October 4, 2010 | Tena Glaser (tenaglaser@gmail.com)
      

Thank you for the education. I have a new understanding of media. It's effects on the world, our society, and myself.
October 2, 2010 | MicheleB (MicheleD_@hotmail.com)
      

As the PR agent for an independent film, Judas Kiss, currently in post production to be released in early 2011, little did I know that Teenage Paparazzo would be such an informative and thought provoking work of art. Learning about the "parasocial" relationship phenomenon, a recognized term to psychologists, has opened a window of knowledge to write the marketing plan to reach today's youth culture. Your film should sweep the awards. You are amazing and brilliant! Most of all, thank you!
October 2, 2010 | Lane (judaskissmovie2011@gmail.com)
      

I just watched the documentary and I was so happy in the end to see that he had changed. Throughout the whole thing I just saw a little boy trying to act 30 but playing the age card. He was in fact, adorable, but he was using that factor to be a complete brat and get whatever he wanted. I hope he is still maturing and will continue to.
October 2, 2010 | Rachael Carroll (rachaelcarrollx3@yahoo.com)
      

Truly eye-opening documentary. Fantastic job diving deep into the issue and dissecting pieces of human nature and showing how we all play a part in the saga. Adrian really keeps an open mind throughout and is clearly looking to educate himself just as much as Austin or the viewers. Honest and unbiased. Top notch documentary on an important subject. Sincerely hope Adrian continues to make documentaries, and entertains us while making us think. He's a good actor, but his thoughtful and disarming nature makes him an even better documentarian.

10/10
October 1, 2010 | Jon
      

Brilliant slice of our contemporary culture - youth, media & celebrity - issues of identity and self. This will be a classic! A must see for anyone teaching cultural studies, youth studies, media studies, identity & self etc...alongside Entourage & other slices of entertainment news & reality shows.

Adrian - this is worthy of a PhD - in fact as a professor in a prominent US university, I wish some of my students could be so thorough, linking theory and practice!
Well done.
October 1, 2010 | Ms T
      

I watched Teenage Paparazzo, and I LOVED it, and loved how we got to see Austin grow up from a little boy and to a older boy/guy, and I really think Adrian really hit a home run with this film, loved the other celebrities he put in the movie, his co stars from entourages' comments were interesting and quite hilarious. The point got through by the end of the film, now I'll never call Adrian Vince again because the film made me realise how weird it is for us viewers to not grasp the difference from a character and the person that is playing the character.

P.S. Is Adrian dating Paris?!?!?!?!
(LOL, just kidding)
October 1, 2010 | Lenka(Not Really) (theshow_l@yahoo.com)

Friday
Oct012010

Audience Feedback From September 2010

This movie reminded me of Oscar Wilde's book 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' wherein a narcissistic man, Dorian Gray, commissions an artist to paint his portrait at the height of his beauty. This man quickly realizes that in time, his beauty will fade so he wishes for the the portrait to age rather than himself. Wish granted. Dorian proceeds to commit vile human acts, which seemingly have no negative consequence on his looks nor his approval from society. Towards the end of the book, the aged picture is revealed to the reader's horror. What appears in the picture is a wrinkled, boiled, hideous creature, which (to me) represents the state of Dorian's soul. In his disgust Dorian attempts to destroy the portrait by lunging a knife into it. Dorian's servants hearing a commotion, walk-in to discover the youthful picture in tact and an old decrepit man slumped next to the portrait's base with a knife through his heart.

The moral of Wilde's book and Grenier's film 'Teenage Papparazo' is: don't buy into your own hype and remember "what is essential is invisible to the eye" ~ Antoine de St. Exupery and that "everything popular is wrong"~ Oscar Wilde. In this age of Information, when all of us are self-made celebrities through some conduit be it: facebook, twitter or youtube, it is easy to forget that you are in fact not the center of the universe. Rather you are a speck of dust and a blip in time. Perhaps, it's this innate knowledge that drives us to attempt to make an everlasting mark on the world.
September 30, 2010 | Anon (shiva210@hotmail.com)
      

I think this film was excellent-- it should be on every big screen. the subject matter was unique and intriguing.
September 30, 2010 | gina (ghyatt@ichop.org)
      

Adrian, Great work I will promote this film to all my friends which I hardly ever do. I just saw it on HBO and I will say it was a great subject to touch on. With all the stats about this new generation and the need for fame displayed in a way that should be shown to all incoming freshman when they reach HighSchool. Powerful and educating stuff ! Great to see that you stopped what was happening to the boy before it ultimately crushed him. I give that an A plus.
September 28, 2010 | WBS
      

I really enjoyed watching teenage paparazzi. Thank you for creating such a thought provoking documentary. The film changed my perspective on both celebrities and the paparazzi. I really respect and appreciate the work that you did. Thank you Adrian and crew.
September 28, 2010 | C
      

I saw this film last night and I thought it was great!
September 28, 2010 | Lisa Hitt (ldhitt@gmail.com)
      

saw the flick yesterday, very informative, had a question regarding the song you guys were singing in the car..who is it by...awesome track!!
September 28, 2010 | mike bergamo (jjbergamo@yahoo.com)
      

What great insight. Adrian, your more than just an actor.
September 28, 2010 | Allison
      

just watched on HBO last night - really fascinating to say the least!
thank you
September 28, 2010 | C
      

i felt i had to write something after viewing this

The Monster With No Face

Watching Adrian Grenier's "Teenage Paparazzo" made me see allot clearer with a better understanding of what we are told by our elders (parents, teachers etc.) over and over again when they say stuff about how bad all media and social networking is, like how when they were our age they spent most there time outdoors instead of being glued to a screen being like t.v's, computers, and even cell phones and i-pods. But i aint about to talk about I-pods as music means allot to me and cellphones just make communicating with friends and family allot easier. Media to me is like a monster but with no face. It can make people but it mostly breaks people. Yeah media can promote good stuff and will cover strong, positive issues but it is all easily shadowed by the bad publicity and gossip because that is what people wanna see as it gives them a feeling like there involved in celebrities personal lives and problems and yea I'm sure they all told and have heard to not believe what's in the magazines but yet will still read and believe what the media says so they can feel like there problems are nothing compared to there favorite celebrity and that they are better or it goes back to them feeling involved with that celebrities personal lives and creates a parasocial relationship between the viewers and celebs. People should consider that if it was personal wouldn't it be coming from the celeb's mouths not from the words made up by a writer who's trying to make a buck off a picture? I mean if you had a personal problem or issue going on in your life, would you like it if someone else told the story and not you? i don't think so because no matter what they say they couldn't capture the truth.

Media is desperate for attention and will break any moral and personal code to get it. Everyone has problems!, no one is perfect and some people choose to go to someone they can trust to share their problem to get some comfort and relief but they aren't trying to share their problem to the whole world. But in todays world that is almost impossible as it happens allot to people nowadays. To me the word "Privacy" seems to be fading as there allot of ways for people to benefit off others problems. I mean media has been doing it to celebrities since fame has been around but today the internet gives anyone with a computer the chance to open their mouth about others to whoever what's to see it, as show in blogs, websites, videos on the internet and facebook which is now the most popular way for people express them selves and create slander. Yea facebook helps others connect to people in a positive way and people do have a choice to what they post and put up and who gets to see that information but there are others who use it to create groups and or fake pages to humiliate someone's lives. People have been seeing the media doing it to Celebs all the time and now found a way to create there own magazine i guess. Most of the stuff the media shows is made up and yea what is said on these sites, blogs and facebook pages can be made up too but it still affects a ordinary person's lives 10x more then a celebrity as a celebs gossip is being made up by a person who just seen and or took a picture and does not know the celeb personally what's so all and that no matter what is said about that certain celeb, that celeb knows that they can still walk into a room and allot of people would respect and admire them. But with a ordinary person's life is being exposed its most likely being done by someone who does know them personally or has ties into their personal lives from someone else where the truth still maybe not be told. This exploitation is also being showed to pretty much everyone in that persons life so its hard to think how they will get over it as everyone they know are reading this gossip. That can really affect a person mind and thought as they will feel a sense of not belonging to anything anymore because most of the people in their lives are reading this and they have no where to go to and thats not fair, no one should have to experience that.

Facebook is not just a social network it is a parasocial network, it gives everyone a relationship based on the web not in real life. Like some people will be friends on facebook like all it takes is a click, but when they might see each other in person they might not even give a gentle waive to each other. Like i cant lie i do it too and what it mostly is people feel intimidated by those that you cant approach or they feel that they wouldn't care. But i now urge to others and myself to approach those who have been neglected and for the shy people which i am too towards some people to put it behind them as being shy i know holds you back from allot of fun that could happen if everyone was more open to others.

Everything about media is one big irony. They feel the need to exploit others but when its turned around they are extremely offered. That annoys me because that means the only way to stop the gossip is to create gossip about the gossiper, in other words becoming just like them. Me I couldn't do that and I know there allot others who cant either because who really has the time to do that like i'd be more concerned about my own life and try to enjoy that then destroy others. I mean i just have allot of sympathy towards others and I'm not alone when it comes to having sympathy. I'm just one of those people who likes to think how would they feel cause of my actions, i aint the one to look for conflict or hurt someone else's feelings or humiliate them in any way. I can't say i never have hurt anyones feelings cause of my actions like we all have and again no one is perfect, but I'm not gonna try to go out of my way to humiliate someone or just do so with no reason. The people who does theses actions are normally people that are narcissistic, selfish, egotistic, and even greedy, people who just think there lives are perfect and that there better then anyone and will prey on others problems. Narcissism really bothers me like how could someone care so much about them self and their image that they are willing to shun everything from their life. Same with selfish people i mean i like to keep everyone around me happy like i just like a positive environment and selfish people couldn't care less as long as they are happy. Like all those traits narcissism, selfishness, egotistic, and greed all bother me and allot can agree like who wants to hang with someone who all cares about their best interest and how'd they look and not worry about their friends,family and peers. Like one example i can think of is something like eating in front of friend when they have nothing, i can't do that i would always try to find a way to make sure my friend is eating and if i couldn't i would not eat until we both are. Like its a kinda weak example but still makes a point like its just rude to that to someone.

I was never a target to these exploitations as i guess i was boring lol. I mean i wasn't really apart of the big social scene, I'm sure lots knew me and i was friends with allot of people but i just wasn't really involved in allot that took place outside of school like i felt more like on the outside looking in but i had my own close personal friends who i spend mostly everyday with and i couldn't be happier, my friends mean a whole lot to me. i had and never really wanted anything more like i had fun no matter what i did with my friends and i knew i had friends in other places too if i was to do something without them. I mean yeah being more popular would be sweet, who couldn't say that they wish they could have been more popular but i mean when it gets to the point where you turn your back to others because they aren't as popular thats when it becomes a bad thing. Like i was told by a friend about a girl who kept saying how popular she was and everyone knows her and she's sooooo cool and more and more about herself and when my friend mentioned the name of another friend she went who? and responded yea i don't know him he aint popular and yet they have a class together. That is just appalling to me. Everyone should have the courtesy to get to know there peers or at least their names. Like again i never got to know everyone in my classes but i knew there names and some people you knew you couldn't just go approach because there was that intimidating factor of popularity and fear of being rejected or not. But thats just the social life and what it has become and i don't think it will ever change.

By: Michael Dufresne
September 28, 2010 | Michael Dufresne (michael_dufresne@hotmail.com)
      

Impressive piece. Current topic but unfortunately missed by so many until you put it together in a very human way. Great contributions along the writing and editing. Thanks for an eye opener documentary.
Keep up with the good work.
September 28, 2010 | cocoduarte
      

Wow! What a great film. It really makes me think, can you create stars or influence the masses by controlling or proliferating the paparrazi? This film is powerful and moving, for any kid who has ever had an idol born through multi media and held a camera to take photos, can really relate to this, we were all young and innocent once, we just weren't all in the right place at the right time. It is amazing you can make money like this and all it takes is a camera.


Paul Simon said it well in his song about Kodachrom...

When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all together for one night
I know they'd never match
My sweet imagination
And everything looks worse in black and white

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome (away)

Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome (away)

Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
(Leave your boy so far from home)
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome (away)
September 28, 2010 | Matthew Udewitz (mudewitz@gmail.com)
      

lots of personal insights from the film, like a big mirror, if any of us care to look. i read that today the greatest cause of depression is from an unfulfilled desire for fame. it's easy to believe. xoxoxooxxo
September 28, 2010 | laura (moineau@charter.net)
      

the film answers a lot of central questions, but for every one it does it poses many more.

i wonder if this will spawn a subculture of fascination with it, i guess it depends on the amount of exposure it gets, because the issues will hit home with most people, since celebrity culture is everywhere and most at least are influenced by it if not actually buying into it. hopefully it will cause the kind of self questioning the documentary seems to ask for.
September 28, 2010 | cristina (cristina.mazzorato@hotmail.com)
      

I'm also a SAG actor and have seen people go crazy before, so this was quite the turn of events/roles.
September 27, 2010 | J~
just watched on hbo canada,It was awsome.That kids got balls,but most do if put in the right situation.I especily like the after when you could see Austin has grown up a bit.He was 14 what can you expect hes still a kid.Im sure he hears it enough but GREAT JOB Adrian Grenier,....that was the shit man.Im now gonna watch everything I can of yours....
September 27, 2010 | les a (lawho515@hotmail.com)
      

I think it was absolutely AMAZING!! Great job Adrian!
September 27, 2010 | J~
      

Also, I should add that I just completed a novel that explores the exact same issues this film explores (and then some). It's called JOHNNY CRUISE and you can read the first few chapters at the link below:

http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/08/johnny-cruise-excerpt.html

Like what Adrian/HBO is doing with TEENAGE PAPARAZZO, I'm trying to spread the word about my book as much as possible, as I feel it's something our culture needs to be exposed to. Please visit and pass the above link around. I would really like to get this thing published and possibly made into a movie. Thanks! Really appreciate it!
September 25, 2010 | Matt Burns (m2burns@comcast.net)
      

Really liked the film...something that made me think, which is rare these days. I'm particularly thinking about whether it's right for a paparazzo to justify their profession in saying they need to pay the bills or feed their selves/ family etc. The question is...if your job is to pollute the culture with distractions and disinformation, is it really worth living at all? I mean, if we need to do something that's bad for the world in order to survive, what are we supposed to choose? Is survival always the most important thing, no matter what? I don't know the answer to this question, to be honest, but in today's economy people are all the more desperate to survive, so is it OK if we choose a bogus profession in order to do this?

Not to self-promote, but I am a writer and filmmaker myself and I urge anybody reading this to visit my website, which has a lot of stuff that deals with media/Hollywood/Celebrity as well (mattburnsproductions.com).
September 24, 2010 | Matt Burns (m2burns@comcast.net)
      

This documentary is absolutely amazing. It was incredibly eye-opening... The irony about this documentary was that I never really wanted a celeb. life until I saw Entourage and I began to fantasize over it, but the same man that made me want it all made me realize that I really don't. Adrian Grenier is my hero for this, and I thank him deeply. The screening at BU was amazing, sorry that people absolutely mobbed you Adrian, but great movie!
September 23, 2010 | Eddie Rivas (noobgdesign@gmail.com)
      

Saw the documentary at the BU premier tonight. Very entertaining, quite captivating, never a dull moment. Would highly recommend watching it!!!
September 23, 2010 | Emily W
      

Love the concept, love the trailer, can't wait for it to Air!! All the best Bro!!
September 23, 2010 | Phil
      

I was fortunate enough to attend the NY premier. I really enjoyed the alternate perspectives you offered. The intelligence and dedication to exposing the various facets of the paparazzo definitely shine through. I would love if you came to Rutgers University. It would give some of my friends a chance to see the film and hopefully an opportunity to discuss
September 22, 2010 | Brittney Mosley (brittmos@eden.rutgers.edu)
            

I live walking distance from the HBO LA premier.. I have wanted to see this movie since Sundance. Help a girl out? How can I score an invite? I'm willing to go as somebody's arm candy. ;)
September 18, 2010 | Hannah Stark (hannah.stark@ymail.com)
      

This seems really cool for a documentary, because it is so unique. I hope there is a screening near me. Adrian very talented in all his fields of work
September 17, 2010 | Eshaan Jain (eshaanjain@gmail.com)
      

Hello i'm French and i would like to know if or when it will be possible to see this documentary in my country because it's seems realy interesting. Maybe you'll should subtitle for people who don't understand english well like me !
September 12, 2010 | Eva
      

Really nice Documentarie Adrian!!
September 11, 2010 | Nadia
      

Looking forward to the HBO premiere.

Exciting stuff stories like this.!!!

Thanks for being the type of guy that understands its best to just keep it real and be cool.
September 9, 2010 | I am Hollywood Homeless (christian@IamHollywoodHomeless.com)
      

Saw it in Toronto and wondering why it's not part of the Festival. I absolutely loved it. As a documentary it transcends the ordinary and has multiple layers of entertainment, character development and interesting ideas. A great balance of issues and entertainment. Thanks.
P.S. I too was in a theater with less than a dozen people. Films like this need better exposure.
September 5, 2010 | Peter (pwiinholt@pwiin.org)
      

Saw a showing in Toronto today, have been meaning to forever... the film was enlightening and I'm excited to check out more of your work!

Amazing... perfect lead in to TIFF next weekend for sure

So much perspective, its hard to wrap your head around it

: )
September 5, 2010 | Cristina (cristina.mazzorato@hotmail.com)
      

Hey! Just wanted to offer my congrats on your film! I happened to see it at the Traverse City Film Festival and it was excellent.. seriously good. I really appreciated the honesty in your work. So..any chance of a dvd coming out soon? Or maybe a showing in MI again? Please?!!?!! =)
September 2, 2010 | Jules (bellesotico@gmail.com)