Brian Flemming, best known for his faux-doc. about the assassination of Bill Gates, Nothing So Strange might or might not be the creative force behind the lonelygirl15 series on YouTube. The penny seems to have finally dropped for Virginia Heffernan at the NY Times who wanted to believe that the series was the work of a home-schooled 16 year old named Bree. But she’s not the shiniest penny in the piggy bank, so fooling her isn’t any great feat. The London Times was marginally more skeptical. And Adam Sternbergh in NY mag thinks even if bogus, LG15 is genius. Jon Fine in BusinessWeek thinks LG15 is the summer’s best TV.
The videos have been as picked apart as The Battle for Algiers in a freshman film class. The music, the boy-friend, the touch of Satanism. Commentor consensus is that it’s too good to be real, too personal to be corporate.
Wikipedia has a nice little tribal war going on about LG15’s right to be included.
FBLA thinks the videos are way too well lit (even with a Logitech webcam) to be the work of any 16 year old. FBLA asked some Immaculate Heart students, and they chorused “she’s too old”. Tip-offs: eyebrows by Anastasia.
Unless I really did perpetrate this one and I’m just trying to distance myself from it because it’s now failing. Just kidding. You know me. I’d never try to fool anybody like that.
Flemming’s had a movie about teens, the occult and whatever in production/turnaround for a while now. Try to stuff that cat back in that bag, would’ja?
For all you William Gibson fans out there–Pattern Recognition foretold this phenom.