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'Catfish' Trio Discuss Controversial Documentary's Aftermath

'We just wanted to start a conversation with this film,' filmmaker Henry Joost tells MTV News.

Audiences are still talking about "Catfish," the 2010 Sundance darling and one of the year's most heavily hyped documentaries. Now that the film has opened in select theaters across the country, more and more people are joining in on the [article id="1647028"]"Is it real?" debate[/article], as well as looking into the nuts and bolts of how the film came to be.

In brief, the documentary revolves around [article id="1648184"]NYC-based photographer Nev Schulman[/article] and the series of curious events that occur when he begins an online friendship with a precocious 8-year-old artist from a small town in Michigan and a romantic relationship with her older sister.

When MTV News caught up with filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, along with Nev, we asked them -- without spoiling anything -- how the film's supporting characters are doing back in Michigan.

"Things in Michigan are good," Joost said. "We still have friends there, and they are becoming involved in the marketing of the film in a cool way, designing posters. We're pretty excited about that." Joost also said those friends were part of a small art show tied to the film's New York premiere.

Regarding the strong reactions both audiences and critics have had to the film, Joost said there is a common theme.

"I'd say maybe not the most common reaction, but a very common reaction is 'Wow. Now let me tell you what happened to me; let me tell you what happened to my friend or my cousin or my mom,' " he said. "It's incredible how many stories there are like this out there, and I think the film is kind of an open door to tell those stories now, that are sometimes embarrassing but often lead to good things."

Joost added that their goal in making the film was to just get people talking.

"We just wanted to start a conversation with this film and just continue the conversation we've been having in the editing room for two years," he said.

What do you think of the buzz surrounding "Catfish"? Did the film make you rethink your approach to social networking or online relationships at all? Let us know in the comments!

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