Me @ the Zoo (T/F 2012) by Chris Moukarbel & Valerie Veatch

Available from Hulu.

Growing up in small-town Tennessee, gender-bending high school dropout Chris Crocker discovers YouTube in a big way, using his webcam and PC to produce outrageous videos that cure his isolation. He develops a devoted fanbase, but it’s only when he records an impassioned, teary defense of his idol Britney Spears that he becomes an Internet celebrity, attracting love and hate in equal measure. What might be construed as a film about a self-absorbed teenager becomes a supremely crafted work, exploring big ideas around identity, celebrity, and tolerance. Always engrossing, sometimes experimental, Me @ the Zoo is a new kind of portrait that subverts all preconceptions about its main character.