ME @ THE ZOO, the new HBO documentary about Chris Crocker, the Leave Britney Alone video, and the internet phenomenon Crocker launched + subsequent rocket ride through public life is shared with BYOD by filmmakers Valerie Veatch and Chris Moukarbel. Chris Crocker’s pilot for television and the way the youtube, gaming and social media have changed since then are discussed with clips and the trailer from the film and discussion of Chris and Valerie’s upcoming projects on interactive gaming and sex + technology.

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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.

Valerie Veatch is a director, writer, editor and producer. Making her directorial debut at the 2012 Sundance film festival with hit “Me @ The Zoo” (co-directed by Chris Moukarbel), Veatch’s first film was acquired by HBO Documentaries and was part of the 2012 HBO Documentaries Summer Series. Veatch is putting her mark on the documentary scene as a visionary with a sharp eye for the zeitgeist and a strong sense of story telling with her second feature documentary Love Child chronicling media immersion and addiction in Korea, set to premier Spring 2013. Veatch resides in New York City.

Chris Moukarbel is an NYC based filmmaker. He graduated in 2006 from Yale’s MFA program. Moukarbel’s first short film titled World Trade Center received wide media attention after going viral on YouTube and prompting a highly publicized national debate about intellectual property rights on the Internet. He continues to make films and music videos- his work often deals with ideas around technology and identity.

Moukarbel’s first feature documentary Me @ The Zoo follows the story of Internet celebrity Chris Crocker. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is part of HBO Documentaries Summer Series. He is currently working on a documentary series about technology and sex.



00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:18 Introducing ME @ THE ZOO filmmakers Valerie Veatch and Chris Moukarbel.
01:20 Working with HBO on releasing the documentary.
07:04 Talking about Chris Crocker.
08:31 ME @ THE ZOO, clip: Chris at home.
10:42 Finding Chris Crocker to make the film.
15:05 Feeling free at home in spite of bullying.
17:50 Leave Britney Alone! video.
20:28 Transgendered and defending Britney.
26:51 LOVE CHILD and what’s next.
28:43 Looking at virtual children and finding family through gaming.
35:04 Audiences watching content on demand.
39:35 Chris deals with fame and the frontline of online celebrity.
43:51 Sex and technology upcoming project by Chris Moukarbel.
47:49 ME @ THE ZOO, trailer.

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