Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival CineMondays CLOSING NIGHT
Presenting Princess Shaw
dir. Ido Haar, Israel, 2015, 78 min., in Hebrew w/ English subtitles
(This documentary contains explicit lyrics and dialogue).
Every day, thousands of wannabe stars upload videos to YouTube in the faint hope of being discovered, yet the overwhelming majority live out their lives in obscurity. Thirty-eight-year-old Samantha Montgomery was one such hopeful: an African-American eldercare nurse living in one of New Orleans’ roughest neighborhoods and moonlighting as “Princess Shaw,” a vivacious alter-ego who dreams of achieving stardom via the original a capella songs she posts to her YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, an Israeli remix artist who goes by “Kutiman” scours the web in search of his new musical muse. He comes across Princess Shaw and discovers a treasure trove of untapped inspiration in her naked and sultry lyrics. Stitching together YouTube clips of amateur musicians practicing their instruments, he creates an original orchestral accompaniment to Shaw’s “Give It Up” and uploads it to the web for millions of fans to enjoy. What happens next is captured brilliantly in Ido Harr’s extraordinary documentary PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW.
A twenty-first century story of boy meets girl, via the power of music and YouTube. Do not miss one of the most memorable Closing Night films in PJFF history!
Awards & Honors: Official Selection Jerusalem Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival
What critics are saying . . .
. . . astounding and thoroughly inspirational. – Variety
. . . Inspring. An Essential tale for the digital age. – Indiewire
. . . Brilliant documentary. Completely fascinating. – Huffington Post
. . . Will actually make you feel good about humanity. – Yahoo Movies
. . . an old fashioned fairy tale come true – The Hollywood Reporter
. . . What unfolds on screen in Presenting Princes Shaw is an act of movie magic—and a testament to the combined power of hard work, talent and dreams. – Thom Powers
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