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New Documentary Takes an Honest Look at Instagram Culture and How It Affects Teens

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A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model and a girl-next-door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts – love, acceptance, and a sense of self-worth.  But at what cost?  Feature documentary SOCIAL ANIMALS uses an observational eye and stunning cinematography to parallel the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager. Directed by Jonathan Ignatius Green, SOCIAL ANIMALS will continue screening at festivals and events across the US and will launch on Digital and VOD platforms December 11, distributed by Gravitas Ventures.

Merging the storylines of three teenagers with a chorus of teen voices, SOCIAL ANIMALS examines how followers, likes, and comments determine success, self-worth, and community.

Kaylyn dreams of becoming a Victoria’s Secret model, but she’s not waiting for her big break to build an audience and start modeling. She’s doing that herself on Instagram, and with 500k followers and counting, it’s going quite well.  But becoming a brand while becoming a woman while so many people are watching has its own set of challenges, especially when you’re only fifteen.

Humza grew up in the projects of Queens, New York with a world-view about the size of his neighborhood. But the camera of a second-hand iPhone 4 became his entrance into an underground community of NYC urban explorers that would change his life. With his natural photographic eye and the guts to scale the city’s highest buildings and bridges, Humza earned both public attention and a chorus of haters. Is losing his community worth what he’s gained?

Emma is your typical teenage girl navigating popularity, body image and attention from boys in the school hallways and on Instagram. But when school rumors turn into aggressive DMs and comments she’ll be pulled into an emotional spiral. Eventually, she’ll leave her school and start a new Instagram account, but self-doubt follows her every step.

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