Catfish follows a young couple who creates online dating profiles without the other knowing. One does it in hopes of finding an escape while the other does it in an attempt to salvage the relationship.

  • Max Gilmore
  • Megan Lee
  • Megan Lee
  • Sofia Smith
    Key Cast
  • Jay Sikand
    Key Cast
  • Donnie Brown, Jr.
    Key Cast
    "Uncle Drew"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Virginia Commonwealth University
Director Biography - Max Gilmore

Thomas Gilmore is a filmmaker based in Richmond, VA. He is currently studying cinema at Virginia Commonwealth University and is set to graduate in 2022. Gilmore began making movies in 6th grade. His 2017 short film, "One Day at a Time" (2017), was nominated for Best Director, Screenwriting and Cinematography at the Greenfield Youth Film Festival.

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Director Statement

"Catfish" tells the story of a young couple's struggle to communicate in person, finally opening up to each other through the anonymous portal of the Internet. This film deals with the idea that opening up to those who care the most about you can often be harder than opening up to complete strangers. If anything, the increasing prevalence of digital communication has made it even easier to avoid the face-to-face conversations we sometimes want to avoid. I hope that viewers find themselves able to empathize with both Nathan and Hannah, as their attitudes toward each other are skewed by the disconnect in their online and real-world personas.