Yes, Instagram is an app that allows 14-year-old girls shore photos of themselves making duck faces. Yes, it is also a way Rihanna shares photos of her smoking weed and making it rain on strippers. However, the app also has created a social network that means a lot to some users.
Filmmaker Paul Tellefsen began making a short movie for a class assignment at UT Dallas. He was only going to make a trailer to a movie that didn't exist. However, as he made the trailer he ended up making his project into a proper film, "Instagram Is," by visiting prolific Instagram users, creating an impromptu documentary on the app.
For the film, Tellefsen visited Allison Anderson (@allistrange), Kyle Steed (@kylesteed), and Brenton Little (@brenton_clarke). The users talked about the meaning Instagram has given their lives. Tellefsen said, "In a culture immersed in technology, Instagram is reviving adventure, face to face community and real relationships. How can something so digital actually get people out from behind their devices into the analog world?"
See the movie below. Learn more about the project at the official website.