Teenage Paparazzo Highlights Weho Kid and his Camera

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A documentary film about a 14 year old celebrity photographer practicing his trade on the streets of West Hollywood is going to premiere on HBO on Sunday, September 27th at 9PM.  A premiere event was held last night at My Studio in Hollywood.

The movie was made three years ago, and the kid at the center of the film is now 17 years old.  He is still out and about with his camera, and was recently quoted about the reported incident where Lindsay Lohan was said to clip a baby stroller with her car near her West Hollywood home.  While the identity of a teenage photographer in an incident with Jodie Foster at The Grove has not been mentioned in news accounts, the age mentioned makes us wonder if it is this same kid.

The film, TEENAGE PAPARAZZO, documents the true story of a relationship between then 14 year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk and Adrian Grenier, the star of the HBO series Entourage. Inspired by a chance encounter with Visschedyk during a night out, Grenier decides, for a change, to turn the cameras on the paparazzi and especially this unique teenager.

But the actor/director soon finds the project turning into a personal challenge as Grenier is forced to take responsibility for his influence on his subject’s life. As Visschedyk succumbs to the lure of fame, Grenier sets out to understand what makes that lure so powerful—hoping that he and Austin can find something more authentic than the relationship of mutual exploitation that now exists between them.

TEENAGE PAPARAZZO contextualizes this vivid story of their relationship using interviews with various people who understand both the perks and consequences of media exposure—from psychologists and historians to celebrities (including Matt Damon, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg), as well as critics, fans, bloggers, publishers and tabloid writers. Grenier ultimately offers an intimate look at the paparazzi and the celebrity culture they serve—and the way it influences this particular teenager and his family.

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