Just as conflict between former friends David Dobrik and Jeff Wittek was heating up, Casey Neistat announced he was releasing a documentary titled Under the Influence.
The documentary is about Dobrik and his rise and fall, and was first shown on South by Southwest on March 12, 2022.
And those who got a first look at the action may be even more horrified by Dobrik’s demise in 2021.
As online reviews surfaced and revealed that the internet’s most popular vlogger is even more controversial than previously thought, fans have a question.
How to Watch Casey Neistat’s David Dobrik Documentary Under The Influence?
The documentary has not yet been released as Neistat is still looking for distributors to pick up the piece.
For now, “Under The Influence” was initially screened exclusively on South by Southwest, leaving the internet with just clips, previews, and some really strong quotes.
Critics who have seen the documentary rave about it.
What is Neistat’s documentary about?
With the documentary’s exclusive release only to South by Southwest in-person and online attendees, many are wondering what the whole run is about.
The description for the documentary states that it was about “capturing in real time one of the steepest ups and downs in the history of the internet”.
Much of what is said online is foreshadowing for Dobrik, such as one outlet writing that the documentary depicts Dobrik’s “inevitable reckoning.”
The documentary is set to discuss many of the controversial events of Dobrik’s rise to stardom, including allegations of sexual assault within his group and the accident that nearly killed Dobrik’s friend Jeff Wittek.
The internet was already rife with criticism of Dobrik and his team after the documentary caught the vlogger saying his vlogs are “not funny unless someone gets hurt”.
Viewers also watched Dobrik’s assistant Natalie Mariduena, Corinna Kopf, a Vlog Squad colleague, applying pressure to take off her top while filming a party scene.
When Dobrik talks about Wittek’s accident, he seems to shrink from the blame.
“Jeff for some reason thought I wasn’t going to get the shot,” he tells Neistat. “So Jeff was like, ‘Let’s do something more exciting,’ and I’m always up for something more exciting. If someone comes up with the idea of doing something cooler, I’m always up for it.”
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He does the same when Neistat sits down with him after publishing a 2021 article alleging a woman was raped after being forced to have sex with Dobrik’s girlfriend Durte Dom for a vlog.
“I don’t want to answer that because I don’t want to feed the fire just from gossip, hate and drama,” says Dobrik.
“I’ve always wanted to be a person who, when you see me, just laughs or smiles or looks forward to having me around…now I’m forever tainted with something I don’t necessarily think I should be tainted with.” .”
Neistat revealed that Dobrik saw the film, but indicated that he wasn’t happy with it. Neistat says they haven’t spoken to each other since their last interview.
But while we wait for the document to be released, Neistat may hold the final card that will decide how the internet sees Dobrik.
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