Ever since Paris Hilton first, by her own account, invented the selfie, a generation of social media stars has emerged to bring their larger-than-life, bite-sized brands to the digital space. Millions of viewers subsist on a daily social media diet filled with the antics of the Fat Jew, Emily Ratajkowski, Brittany Furlan, and Hilton herself, all of whom, through a seemingly endless stream of posts, allow the public into their everyday lives in a distinctly intimate manner. But sometimes, even the biggest social media stars have to turn off the cameras.
Director Bert Marcus brings his audience the stories behind these social media giants’ images. American Meme exposes the cost, including exhaustion, depression, and the inevitable backlash each has experienced from the media and from fans, that comes when these influencers attempt to turn their followings into empires.
After the Premiere Screening: a conversation with director Bert Marcus, subjects Paris Hilton, Hailey Baldwin, Kirill Bichutsky, Brittany Furlan and Josh Ostrovsky. Moderated by social media creator and actress Lola Tash.
Bert Marcus has produced award-winning feature films, including the documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, and Ophelia, starring Daisy Ridley, which premiered at Sundance this year. He also directed the recently released electronic dance music documentary What We Started.
8:00 PM – FRI 4/27
TRIBECA FESTIVAL HUB
10:30 PM – SAT 4/28
CINÉPOLIS CHELSEA 3
6:30 PM – SUN 4/29
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