Adrian was joined at the premiere by celebrity friends Alexis Bledel and Gretchen Mol
Austin helps Adrian to buy a camera, and ironically, a picture of Adrian and his shopping bag surfaces in Us Weekly‘s “Stars: They’re Just Like Us!” spread (they buy cameras!). Adrian fails miserably as a pap. He’s not fast enough, his toes get stepped on, and his perfect scruff and bright blue eyes could never fool a full-on professional. But with the attention from celebrities and Adrian’s own camera crew, Austin’s small head grows exponentially. He lands his own reality TV show, bullies his mother, and tells girls that Lindsay is his best friend. A true fame monster.
Adrian, who claims responsibility for the boy’s downfall, attempts an intervention. To broaden his horizons on photography, he shows Austin the famous Kent State photograph, but the boy declares it uninteresting and unmoving, only to run out to Mr. Chow for more picture snapping. It is not until the end of the film that we see a change in Austin, and self-realization kicks in.
But the film is bigger than one boy’s experience. There is a great deal of insight into the media industry provided by educators, historians, editors, and other objective voices. We learn some fancy media terms (parasocial, if you will), and celebrity appearances abound (we’re talking Perez, Lindsay, Eva, and more) with some true laugh out loud moments. Fame and celebrity certainly get a makeunder.
Teenage Paparazzo has been picked up by HBO Documentaries and will debut in theaters this fall. View a clip of Adrian talking about the film at Sundance below.
The Gen Art Film Festival, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, is a week of premieres that spotlight the most talented emerging filmmakers in North America. Click here for additional red carpet photos and video.