Catfish is a documentary not just about making a documentary, but about lives-as-documentaries, an increasingly relentless, irresistibly fascinating look at the lives of others. Here, the word "documentary" betrays its weaknesses, its seams.
I spoke to Gordon about applying Freakonomics, working with a group of celebrated documentarians, films that changed Gordon's life, and matters concerning Donkey Kong and the scripted remake of the King of Kong that is in the works.
Lixin Fan's understated doc depicts the chaos surrounding the annual migration of 130 million workers in China. It also tells the devastating story of one family's choices and their hope for the future.