TUNKHANNOCK — A local filmmaker’s documentary on catfishing, using fake profiles to deceive others on the Internet, is ready for a test screening.
“Hook Line ‘N Sinker,” directed by Old Forge resident, Shannon C. Keith, follows the exploits of the online predator who catfished Meri Brown of TLC reality show “Sister Wives” and explores the development of legislation in the offender’s home state of Oklahoma. A free screening of the documentary takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
After the screening, a meet-and-greet allows Keith, other members of the production team and documentary participants to talk to viewers. Addy Miller, best known for her role as the little girl zombie in the pilot episode of “The Walking Dead,” joins the conversation via Skype.
Addy, and her mother, Jaime, took part in “Hook Line ‘N Sinker,” because at 8 years old, Addy’s image was stolen by an online predator attempting to lure in other children.
Addy, now 16, said the documentary is important in spreading awareness of the dangers of catfishing.
“I’ve seen it,” Addy said. “You can easily get fooled by somebody who hides behind the computer screen with a fake persona. People can manipulate you, and it’s really rough. I’m glad Shannon has created this film to expose what lingers on the Internet.”
Keith has turned her research into an opportunity to make Pennsylvania lawmakers aware of the opportunity to pass legislation that would punish offenders.
“What started out as a documentary to expand a conversation has it turned into something bigger, the fruits of which will be felt long after the memory of this project has faded,” Keith said in a news release.