It’s a story so unbelievable, it has everyone wondering what really happened. The documentary film “Catfish” bills itself as “a reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times… a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” But the media and moviegoers alike have questioned the validity and truthfulness of this Sundance Film Festival favorite. The film follows Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old New York City photographer who becomes entangled in an internet relationship with a Michigan family that includes an eight-year-old art prodigy, her beautiful older sister, Megan, and her mother, Angela. Nev’s filmmaker brother, Ariel, and friend Henry Joost document the budding virtual love affair between Nev and Megan and embark on a road trip to discover the shocking truth about the family.
“20/20” examines the unraveling of a romance and the mysterious source of the online deception. Jay Schadler’s report includes an exclusive interview with Angela, the woman at the center of the story, as well as the real “Megan” – both of whom speak for the very first time. “20/20” airs on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.