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indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: Michael Stipe EP’ed Film Explores YouTube Celebrity

indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Michael Stipe EP'ed Film Explores YouTube Celebrity

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"ME at the ZOO"

Tweetable Logline:

ME at the ZOO is a feature documentary about Chris Crocker and the phenomenon of Internet celebrity.

Elevator Pitch:

"ME at the ZOO" takes its name from the first ever YouTube video. It's an unconventional documentary about Chris Crocker, who made the infamous viral video "Leave Britney Alone!" Chris Crocker was bullied out of school in the 8th grade and was, by his account, raised on the Internet. Crocker's online videos have been viewed over 270 million times to date. ME at the ZOO traces a line through a tapestry of web comments, response videos, fans, and haters to map the controversial rise of an internet folk hero.

Production Team:

Directors/Producers: Chris Moukarbel & Valerie Veatch
Executive Producers: Nicholas Shumaker, Jack Turner, Jim Mckay, Michael Stipe, Rachel Grady

About the Production:

"Chris Crocker's story is already written on the Internet. Our project as filmmakers has been to trace a line between bits of public media and weave it with an intimate look at Crocker's life now. Like so many of us, Chris Crocker is uploading his daily experiences and as a member of the 'Youtube Partnership Program" he is able to monetize the content of his digital life." — Chris Moukarbel & Valerie Veatch

Current Status:

Post-production

For more information and to support the film:

Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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Comments

Abu Bakar
Abu Bakar

We will see him!

Abu Bakar

I can’t wait Only 37 Hours Left! <3

Raphael

I WANT TO SEE IT SO BADLY ! Oo I love Chris Crocker !

ray

so need to see this!!! cant wait for it/11111

Vlad

Chris Crocker is my hero!

Kat

Oh, man, I can’t wait to see this. Chris Crocker is awesome.

Sam VIP

aside of youtube chris got fucked out of facebook,

Hdooy ALkubaisi

I need to see this ! I love chris !

Emil Nilsson

I want to see the documentary

Sallah Akbar

Should be interesting and fun!

Anouk

This is going to be great!! Go chrissss<3

Chase

Dang, I really wanna see it!

Anna

Very excited, hope this gets the funding it needs :) )

Taylor Brown

I can not wait for this documentary! Chris is so inspiring, he’s changed so many lives including mine, I love you Chris!

Sean Calhoun

I LOVE YOU CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 I CAN'T WAIT FOR ITTTTTTT.

Dominique Brown

I’m excited to see this!

lins

can not wait to see this!!! it’s gonna be epic!!!!!!!!!

Taylor

I have watched him since the very beginning, words cant describe how much he has gotten me through, I have never been so excited for a documentary in my life.

Preston

I’m looking forward to this more than the Deathly Hallows.

Box

This is going to be the lamest s*** ever. Ugh!

Stephanie

so excited :)

Nile

CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS!!!

Garrett Allen

Look awesome i love Chris cant wait! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Kayla

Can’t wait Chris. It’s going to be amazing.. It has YOU in it!!

Stevie Ms.Sasquatch

I HONESTLY CAN’T WAIT FOR ITT! :) I WANT TO SEE IT!

Oscar

I’m sooooo waiting for this!

jutin uther antikrist

p-p-p-please let me see it, i promise i’ll start misbehaving and not giving a shit. pleeease?

Kayla

I need to see this! I love chris!

Lloyd Dempster

i really wanna see it!!

kyrie

So hype up when I’ve read this! I look up to Chris. He’s an amazing person <3

itsonas

I can’t wait for this to get released. I love Chris + he’s videos have marked history.

Derek

Yes. I’m excited. AND I donated.

Austin

I’m so excited for this!

Becca

Cannot wait! I know a lot of people as well as myself are excited about this not only because Chris is an interesting >REAL< person but also because his videos have helped us in more ways that can be said with words. Viva La Chrissy

Eddy

Def. I saw the preview..and I can’t wait!!! I think..it will show a deeper side of Chris…a side..that most of us…sometimes are not able to see..due to the blinding light that is “fame”.

ashley

Really excited for this.

Jay

As much as I enjoy lurking in his Tumblr, I have no interest in seeing a documentary about him…And it seems I’m the only one thus far that feels this way. C’est la vie.

Michael

I am really interested in seeing this. Whether it’s good or bad Crocker is always entertaining.

Justin Pope

So stoked to see this! Looks like some work went into it and it deserves to be shown.

The-Fame-Factory.tumblr.com

def want to see this!!!! I love Chris<3

joe

i wanna see it

Diana

It’s going to be a great movie. I can feel it. and with meaning.

SEAN

CANT WAIT!!!!!!!

Carina

looking forward to its release!

Lacey

I WANNA SEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

sol

wanna see it so bad!!!!!

Joey

Probably one of the most interesting people on the internet, Can’t wait to see this!!!

Gage

WE LOVE CHRIS CROCKER!!

Gotta see this film!

Scott

I can’t wait to see this!

Lacey

Chris crockers documentary will be a must see.

Your Mum

Chris Crocker has turned into a tacky cunt who only cares about making money regardless of any causes or morals he should be holding at heart. Ex fan.

mistie

I’ve been waiting to see this!

Jemyni

Very excited to see Chris’s doc

Joseph

can’t wait to see this, love crocker and his videos

Nicole Passarelli

This looks awesome! Can not wait!

Dawn

I’m very excited to see this!

Lainey Benson

I’m lactating just thinking about it!!! You’re so beautiful I’d go lesbian for you in drag!! I wish I could be as beautiful as you!!! Omg I love you so much CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR DOCUMENTARy!!! Uhh I’m so wet. Ok bye

Mike Mills

Thanks for reminding the world to laugh! Your seriously amazing! can u please retweet?!
@MikeMills92

I commented before but idk if it went through =/

Yuki Damon

can’t wait to see this :]

Miriam

Can´t wait to see it!

Bradley

So excited to see this. Chris is the perfect person for an interesting biography.

Michie G

I’ve watched the trailer several times now and absolutely can’t wait to see this. Looks fantastic!

Dylan Perkovic

I want to see it so bad! It will be amazing, Please release it on your youtube channel or vimeo soon! :)

Charrissa

Whoehoew I cannot wait!! I follow his youtube video’s from the beginning, so can’t wait to get to know Chris Crocker better!!! :)

MikeMills

Chris Crocker shows that its ok to be yourself and to not take yourself and the world too seriously. Your videos are the only reason why i go on youtube. Thanks for reminding the world to laugh!
Im such a big fan! Im on twitter!! @MikeMills92 please follow me or retweet it would make my life!!

Demi

I’m soooooooo excited to see this! The trailor for it was amazing and I didnt want it to stop! Left me wanting more. Can’t wait to see it!

Kayla

I’ve wanted to see it ever since it was announced! I’m very happy for Chris’ success. :D

Kirstie

I seriously cannot wait.
This is going to be the best documentary ever.

k

Very excited to see this! Made my donation today :)

Andy

I have always loved chris crockers videos when he first hit on youtube it was nothing like i’ve ever seen before and at one time I didn’t even have a computer but made sure I was updated with the latest videos Me and alot of other chris crocker fans feel like we have all grown with all of the vlogs and videos. p.s I got tired tired of waiting for this documentary and glad it’s finally coming out and HBO better put it on the channel

Andrea

I cannot wait to see it Chris!!!! You and your videos have changed my life. Love you!!!! ♥

Brandon

Omg!! looking forward
to it, totally!!

Jess

I’m so excited! The wait needs to be over now please and thank you

Lauren

Absolutely can’t wait to see the documentary, I’ve been waiting eagerly for it for a while now and I’m very excited. I love Chris, he is truly inspirational and so is his story. <3

Turk

I’m CURIOUS ABOUT IT ! BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!!!

Blue Le Q

Been waiting forever to see it!
Excited!

Bekah

I’ve always loved chris since his very first videos! I’m so excited to see thi!!!

crispin

ooooh, something tells me I’m gonna love this! :D

pink

Really want to see this. Looks like it will be interesting and entertaining.

Daz

i can’t wait. i <3 chris. grew up watching him in high school/college

Kikachoo

Awesome sauce!!!! I cannot wait to watch this.. Bring on the popcorn. I <3 CC!!!!

Cyntia Gonzalez

I wanna sèe! I’ve been a fan since the beginning and would love a look deeper into the chris I’ve come to know and love!

Angel Blake

I can’t wait to see it! If it’s in theaters in my area, you can not say “watching the premiere” loud enough or enough times!

Candace

Chris I am excited to see this!!! I have been a fan of your for many years. =)

becs

I can’t wait! it looks good! I love chris :)

Donna

I cannot wait to see this documentary, I bet it will be great.

Ramon

The movie speaks for itself. Its going to be a hit we all want to see it !

Jamie Leigh

I donated money to see it. And I will see it! :D

Josh

i can’t wait to see this :)

Valeria

I can’t wait to see it.Chris Crocker=AMAZING.

Jamie

Looking forward to watching this! :)

Clive Cody

I WANT TO SEE IT

darcy

CANNOT FUCKING WAIT!!!!!!!

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