Nev Schulman to Continue 'Behind the Lens' Series

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2013) — Behind the Lens returns this semester with Nev Schulman, creator and star of "Catfish: The TV Show." Schulman will share his experiences creating, producing and starring in both the hit MTV television show and the documentary that started it all. The event will take place at 8 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Behind the Lens is a free event sponsored by the Student Activities Board Pop Culture Committee.


Schulman, along with his brother and film partner, documented his online relationship with a woman who used a fake identity on social media – a term coined “being catfished.” The 2010 documentary highlighted the growing trend of online relationships among young people. Schulman used the film’s concept to create “Catfish: The TV Show” for MTV, where he attempts to help people in online relationships meet the person they’ve been talking to and determine if they’re actually who they say they are.


“Nev has become a pop culture icon since ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ aired,” said Zach Johnson, SAB director of pop culture. “I think having Nev take us into the world of online dating and showing campus the power of social media will give students a better understanding of what the internet can do — both good and bad.”


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