On Saturday we got out of the house to do a little shopping (I scored at Goodwill) and to see a matinee of Catfish, a freakfest documentary that really solidified all of my misgivings about our internet generation and is an absolute must-see for anyone involved in social media. I don't want to give too much away here because the intensity builds as the film unfolds and I don't want to ruin the effect for anyone who might see it, but the basic premise is that a young NYC photographer strikes up a long-distance Facebook friendship with an eight-year-old painting prodigy, becomes close with the rest of her creatively-inclined family, and realizes as time goes on that they might not be quite what they seem. It's a really fascinating look at the way we present ourselves and the way we are perceived in the digital age, and managed to be simultaneously tragic, funny, and frightening. I think one of the most compelling aspects of the film is its spontaneity--the filmmakers just stumbled upon the story because they happen to record everything that they do on a daily basis, and they only committed to a full-length film when the strangeness of this situation became clear. (If you've seen the film, here is an interesting interview with the fellows--but beware, spoilers galore!) Their approach to filmmaking is remniscent of the cinéma vérité pioneer D.A. Pennebaker, who also lived his life with a camera as his constant companion.
Anyway, enough about that. Just go see the movie. Saturday night K watched the baseball game and I started a sewing project!! I'm totally excited about it. Basically, I was going back and forth about whether I should just exactly follow a dress pattern I had bought many moons ago or if I should try to alter it to be more like the sort of dress I envisioned for the pattern I picked out. As it turns out, I had bought entirely the wrong pattern size, so it was a no-brainer. In the end I went completely off-pattern and dreamt up a design of my very own, cutting the fabric based loosely on other dresses that I already own. So far it's turned out really well and I'm excited to show it to you guys--for my first sewing project ever (pillowcases in Home Ec don't count), I'm pretty pleased with myself.