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August 17, 2011 2:53 AM
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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Michael Stipe EP'ed Film Explores YouTube Celebrity

Chris Moukarbel & Valerie Veatch's "ME at the ZOO" Courtesy of filmmaker

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"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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94 Comments

  • Abu Bakar | August 30, 2011 5:34 AMReply

    Pay for it http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/meatthezoo/me-at-the-zoo

  • Abu Bakar | August 30, 2011 5:31 AMReply

    We will see him!

  • Abu Bakar | August 30, 2011 5:30 AMReply

    I can't wait Only 37 Hours Left! <3

  • Raphael | August 24, 2011 9:07 AMReply

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

  • ray | August 21, 2011 10:32 AMReply

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

  • Vlad | August 20, 2011 9:02 AMReply

    Chris Crocker is my hero!

  • Kat | August 20, 2011 7:01 AMReply

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

  • Sam VIP | August 19, 2011 8:59 AMReply

    aside of youtube chris got fucked out of facebook,

  • Hdooy ALkubaisi | August 19, 2011 6:05 AMReply

    I need to see this ! I love chris !

  • Emil Nilsson | August 19, 2011 5:24 AMReply

    I want to see the documentary

  • Sallah Akbar | August 19, 2011 1:14 AMReply

    Should be interesting and fun!

  • Anouk | August 18, 2011 12:46 PMReply

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

  • Chase | August 18, 2011 11:46 AMReply

    Dang, I really wanna see it!

  • Anna | August 18, 2011 10:28 AMReply

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

  • Taylor Brown | August 18, 2011 10:12 AMReply

    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 | August 18, 2011 10:08 AMReply

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

  • Dominique Brown | August 18, 2011 10:08 AMReply

    I'm excited to see this!

  • lins | August 18, 2011 9:19 AMReply

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

  • Taylor | August 18, 2011 6:15 AMReply

    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 | August 18, 2011 5:59 AMReply

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

  • Box | August 18, 2011 4:54 AMReply

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

  • Stephanie | August 18, 2011 4:37 AMReply

    so excited :)

  • Nile | August 18, 2011 4:20 AMReply

    CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS!!!

  • Garrett Allen | August 18, 2011 3:56 AMReply

    Look awesome i love Chris cant wait! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Kayla | August 18, 2011 3:19 AMReply

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

  • Stevie Ms.Sasquatch | August 18, 2011 1:01 AMReply

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

  • Oscar | August 17, 2011 12:53 PMReply

    I'm sooooo waiting for this!

  • jutin uther antikrist | August 17, 2011 11:51 AMReply

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

  • Kayla | August 17, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    I need to see this! I love chris!

  • Lloyd Dempster | August 17, 2011 9:28 AMReply

    i really wanna see it!!

  • kyrie | August 17, 2011 9:17 AMReply

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

  • itsonas | August 17, 2011 9:04 AMReply

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

  • Derek | August 17, 2011 8:50 AMReply

    Yes. I'm excited. AND I donated.

  • Austin | August 17, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    I'm so excited for this!

  • Becca | August 17, 2011 8:26 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 8:17 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 7:59 AMReply

    Really excited for this.

  • Jay | August 17, 2011 7:26 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 7:10 AMReply

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

  • Justin Pope | August 17, 2011 6:49 AMReply

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

  • The-Fame-Factory.tumblr.com | August 17, 2011 6:31 AMReply

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

  • joe | August 17, 2011 6:15 AMReply

    i wanna see it

  • Diana | August 17, 2011 5:56 AMReply

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

  • SEAN | August 17, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    CANT WAIT!!!!!!!

  • Carina | August 17, 2011 5:46 AMReply

    looking forward to its release!

  • Lacey | August 17, 2011 5:42 AMReply

    I WANNA SEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • sol | August 17, 2011 5:32 AMReply

    wanna see it so bad!!!!!

  • Joey | August 17, 2011 5:32 AMReply

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

  • Gage | August 17, 2011 5:30 AMReply

    WE LOVE CHRIS CROCKER!!

    Gotta see this film!

  • Scott | August 17, 2011 5:27 AMReply

    I can't wait to see this!

  • Lacey | August 17, 2011 5:21 AMReply

    Chris crockers documentary will be a must see.

  • Your Mum | August 17, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 5:19 AMReply

    I've been waiting to see this!

  • Jemyni | August 17, 2011 5:17 AMReply

    Very excited to see Chris's doc

  • Joseph | August 17, 2011 5:17 AMReply

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

  • Nicole Passarelli | August 17, 2011 5:16 AMReply

    This looks awesome! Can not wait!

  • Dawn | August 17, 2011 5:14 AMReply

    I'm very excited to see this!

  • Lainey Benson | August 17, 2011 5:11 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    can't wait to see this :]

  • Miriam | August 17, 2011 5:09 AMReply

    Can´t wait to see it!

  • Bradley | August 17, 2011 5:08 AMReply

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

  • Michie G | August 17, 2011 5:08 AMReply

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

  • Dylan Perkovic | August 17, 2011 5:08 AMReply

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

  • Charrissa | August 17, 2011 5:08 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 5:07 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 5:07 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 5:02 AMReply

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

  • Kirstie | August 17, 2011 5:02 AMReply

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

  • k | August 17, 2011 5:02 AMReply

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

  • Andy | August 17, 2011 4:59 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 4:57 AMReply

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

  • Brandon | August 17, 2011 4:57 AMReply

    Omg!! looking forward
    to it, totally!!

  • Jess | August 17, 2011 4:56 AMReply

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

  • Lauren | August 17, 2011 4:55 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 4:55 AMReply

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

  • Blue Le Q | August 17, 2011 4:55 AMReply

    Been waiting forever to see it!
    Excited!

  • Bekah | August 17, 2011 4:55 AMReply

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

  • crispin | August 17, 2011 4:53 AMReply

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

  • pink | August 17, 2011 4:52 AMReply

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

  • Daz | August 17, 2011 4:52 AMReply

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

  • Kikachoo | August 17, 2011 4:52 AMReply

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

  • Cyntia Gonzalez | August 17, 2011 4:51 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 4:51 AMReply

    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 | August 17, 2011 4:51 AMReply

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

  • becs | August 17, 2011 4:50 AMReply

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

  • Donna | August 17, 2011 4:50 AMReply

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

  • Ramon | August 17, 2011 4:50 AMReply

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

  • Jamie Leigh | August 17, 2011 4:49 AMReply

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

  • Josh | August 17, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    i can't wait to see this :)

  • Valeria | August 17, 2011 4:48 AMReply

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

  • Jamie | August 17, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    Looking forward to watching this! :)

  • Clive Cody | August 17, 2011 4:47 AMReply

    I WANT TO SEE IT

  • darcy | August 17, 2011 4:47 AMReply

    CANNOT FUCKING WAIT!!!!!!!