At last year’s Sundance, Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch’s “Me at the Zoo” was a surprise hit. The documentary, which explores YouTube and Internet celebrity through the story of one Chris Crocker, was picked up early in the festival by HBO and has had a nice run on television and at festivals.
The film brought Crocker, best known for his “Leave Britney Alone” viral video, to a mainstream audience and exposed Crocker’s intelligence and long-standing popularity on the web video platform. Using archival videos from all over YouTube and Crocker’s channel, the film weaves an incredible story about Crocker’s rise to Internet stardom.
In New York from Tennessee to hit the town and do press for the film’s VOD release, Crocker and I chatted about life since the release of “Me at the Zoo” on his usual terms: bizarre non sequiturs mixed with straight-up business. The interview, done in Crocker’s preferred media, is embedded below.
In our conversation, Crocker discusses bringing the film to a larger audience, including his conservative grandparents and his mother, whose struggle with addiction is a part of the film. He also talks up his new album, which he assured me before sitting down, is completely unexpected. (Over the years, Crocker has released some dance tracks; these new songs are more subdued and acoustic.)
The film has been available on Xbox, iTunes, vudu, and Amazon Instant Video since earlier this week.