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Israel, 2015 | Documentary, 80 min.
Director: Ido Haar
Producer: Liran Atzmor (Atzmor Productions) |Co-Producer: Stephen Apkon (Reconsider)
Festival representation only, excluding USA
World Sales: First Hand Films
"Astounding and throughly inspirational."
"Inspiring. An essential tale for the digital age."
"A soulful salute to a distictly 21st-century phenomenon."
The Hollywood Reporter
"Will Actually Make You Feel Good About Humanity."
"Brilliant documentary. Completely fasicnating."
The Huffington Post
"Princess Shaw deliverance is overwhelming."
" A wonderful, uncommon sensation."
"A total delight."
In every corner of the world, at any given moment, random people post personal video clips online. They are their virtual messages in a bottle, tossed into the boundless sea that is the Internet. Most of these posts flounder in a sad limbo of indifference and anonymity—unless your YouTube handle happens to be Princess Shaw.
Samantha Montgomery, 38, lives alone in one of New Orleans' toughest neighborhoods. By day she works as a caregiver for the elderly; at night she transforms into Princess Shaw, belting out soulful originals at sparsely attended open mic nights and posting homemade a cappella clips on YouTube, usually reaching just a handful of viewers. One of her followers happens to be Kutiman, a.k.a. Ophir Kutiel, an Israeli musician living on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv, who mashes up YouTube videos from all over the world to create new musical pieces. Princess Shaw has no idea that he has found hers.
A rousing documentary crowd-pleaser about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her crafty secret admirer, Thru You Princess examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age, where showbiz dreams remain but a mouse-click away for even the most hardscrabble striver.
Ophir Award of Best Documentary Film, Israeli Film Academy, 2016
Audience Award, Sheffield Doc Fest, UK, 2016
Life Tales Award, Biografilm International Film Festival, Italy, 2016
Spevial Mention from the Chopin's Nose Award Jury, Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland, 2016
Jecheon International Music&Film Festival, Korea, 2016
Frameout Film Festival, Austria, 2016
Special Mention from Chopin's Nose Award Jury, Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland, 2016
SERET International, UK, 2016
San Francisco International Film Festival, USA, 2016
Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland, 2016
Docville, Belgium, 2016
SXSW, USA, 2016
Tempo Documentary Internatioanl Film Festival, Sweden, 2016
Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2015
Director, Cinematographer and Editor: Ido Haar
Kutiman is represented by Boaz Murad B.Music
The film was produced for YesDocu, with the support of The New Israeli Fund for Cinema, The Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, Sundance Fund, Cinereach, The Israeli Film Council of the Ministry Culture and Sport.
With the endorsement of IDFA DocLab and Forum, Co Pro Documentary Marketing Foundation and American Independent Filmmaker Project.
Co-produced with France 4 Television, CBC Canada, SVT (Sweden), VPRO (the Netherlands).
Original Language: English and Hebrew
"Inspirational filmmaking of the first order... Astounding and thoroughly inspirational” - Peter Debruge, Variety