Teenage Paparazzo

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Teenage Paparazzo
Promotional poster
Directed byAdrian Grenier
Produced by
  • Adrian Grenier
  • Matthew Cooke
  • Bert Marcus
  • John Loar[1]
  • Robin Garvick
  • Lynda Pribyl
Written by
Narrated byThomas de Zengotita
Music byJanice Ginsberg
CinematographyDavid Serafin
Edited byJim Curtis Mol
Distributed byHBO
Release date
  • January 22, 2010 (2010-01-22) (Sundance)
  • September 27, 2010 (2010-09-27) (HBO)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Teenage Paparazzo is a 2010 documentary film about the life and times of a 14-year-old Paparazzi photographer named Austin Visschedyk. It was directed by actor Adrian Grenier and produced by Bert Marcus, Adrian Grenier and Matthew Cooke.

Film premise[edit]

Teenage Paparazzo chronicles the relationship of a 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk and actor Adrian Grenier. Grenier encountered Visschedyk one night and decided to follow him while searching for celebrities. Grenier had set himself a mission in getting to understand the world of the paparazzi. Austin has to be tutored and stays up late at night taking pictures and surfing the internet. During the day he is often called away to photograph celebrities, which he is successful at doing due to his young age and appearance. As the film progresses Grenier realizes his rather negative influence on Visschedyk's life. A year after initial production of the film ended, Austin's attitude and behavior has changed for the better. Grenier offers Austin a relationship stronger than the pap-celebrity one they have had. The film concludes with Austin telling Adrian to turn the camera off, which he subsequently does.


Teenage Paparazzo premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[2] It aired on HBO on September 27, 2010,[3] and was released on DVD on March 29, 2011.[4]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 100% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.7/10.[5] Jeniffer Merin of About.com gave the film four out of five stars, saying "Grenier not only does a very good job of considering the many nuances of the relationship between paparazzi and celebrities, his presentation is thoroughly entertaining."[6][unreliable source?] David Chen of SlashFilm wrote, "Teenage Paparazzo Austin Visschedyk actually proves to be an incredibly fascinating individual and documentary subject. But Grenier also manages to weave in some cultural analysis and some decent drama to create a film that’s entertaining from beginning to end."[7] Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote, "Adrian Grenier's excellent feature offers sophisticated musings on America's obsession with fame."[1] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called it "a surprisingly engaging, well-thought-out film."[3] John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter described it as "a lively [documentary] whose familiar subject matter is countered by a novel spin and its maker's privileged vantage point".[8]


  1. ^ a b Harvey, Dennis (2010-01-23). "Review: 'Teenage Paparazzo'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  2. ^ Olsen, Mark (2010-01-22). "Sundance 2010: 'Teenage Paparazzo' turns the lens of fame back on itself". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  3. ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil (2010-09-26). "A Kid With a Camera and a Documenter". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  4. ^ Scott, Mike (2011-03-29). "On DVD today: 'Black Swan,' 'Treme: Season 1,' 'Teenage Paparazzo,' and more". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  5. ^ "Teenage Paparazzo (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  6. ^ About.com Review
  7. ^ Slash Film.com Review
  8. ^ DeFore, John (2010-10-14). "Teenage Paparazzo -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-10-24.

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