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Presenting Princess Shaw


General Information

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."  

Variety

"Inspiring. An essential tale for the digital age."

 Indiewire

"A soulful salute to a distictly 21st-century phenomenon."

The Hollywood Reporter

"Will Actually Make You Feel Good About Humanity."  

YAHOO!

"Brilliant documentary. Completely fasicnating."

The Huffington Post

"Princess Shaw deliverance is overwhelming."  

The Gaurdian

" A wonderful, uncommon sensation."  

Wired

"A total delight."  

MTV

 

Synopsis

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.

Awards & Festivals

Awards:

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

 

Festivals:

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
ART FILM FEST, Slovkia, 2016
Sheffield Doc Fest, UK, 2016
Sydney International Film Festival, Australia, 2016
Biografilm International Film Festival, Italy, 2016
DocuTirana International Film Festival, Macedonia, 2016
Documentary Edge Internatioanl Film Festival, New Zealand, 2016

San Francisco International Film Festival, USA, 2016

Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland, 2016

Docville, Belgium, 2016
Vision Du Reel, Switzerland, 2016
Film IsReal, Holland, 2016

SXSW, USA, 2016

Tempo Documentary Internatioanl Film Festival, Sweden, 2016
Hot Docs, Canada, 2016
!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Turkey, 2016
Berlinale, EFM screening, 2016

IDFA, 2015

Toronto International Film Festival 2015

Jerusalem International Film Festival 2015

Credits

Director, Cinematographer and Editor: Ido Haar
Producer: Liran Atzmor (Atzmor Productions)
Co-Producer: Stephen Apkon (Reconsider)
Executive Producers for First Hand Films: Esther van Messel and Gitte Hansen
Line Producer and Researcher: Shelly Ben Shachar
Artistic Advisor: Joelle Alexis
Sound Designer: Rotem Dror
Color Designer: Yoav Raz

Kutiman is represented by Boaz Murad B.Music

International Sales: First Hand Films / North American Sales: Submarine

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

Subtitles: English

 

Quotes

"Inspirational filmmaking of the first order... Astounding and thoroughly inspirational” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

"A soulful salute to a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon that's also an old-fashioned fairy tale come true... Thru You Princess is pure positivity... It's almost impossible not to be charmed by guileless, good-hearted Princess Shaw herself and her real-life Cinderella story.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

“Compelling and inspiring...One of the Toronto Film Festival’s wildest true stories” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“Inspiring. An essential tale for the digital age...Touching. Offers an upbeat alternative to gloomier looks at identity in the digital age” - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A total delight.” - Kase Wickman, MTV.com

"Thru You Princess would have all the Facebook likes if it popped up on BuzzFeed tomorrow...[Princess] Shaw is such a vibrant, authentic character, you can't help but root for her.” - Matt Patches, Esquire.com

“Will actually make you feel good about humanity—and the Internet...A reminder that the porous borders of the web can yield not only great art, but also even greater empathy...It's easy to ‘Like' Thru You Princess—but it's even easier to love it.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies 

"Brilliant documentary. Completely fascinating." - Dwight Brown, The Huffington Post 

"Radiating with vivacity and affection for its subjects... A wonderful, uncommon sensation." - Sam Fragoso, Wired.com 

"[A] joyously uplifting documentary.” - Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star 

“It’s nothing short of a triumph.” - Jordan Hoffman, The Times of Israel 

“Intelligent, original and enthralling.” - Neta Alexander, Haaretz 

“A lovely portrait of artists coming together to make one another shine.” - Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine 

"[An] emotional, cross-continental rollercoaster ride.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, DAZED 

“Brings renewed optimism in the WWW.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, VICE 

“A thrilling new remix on 'A Star is Born.’” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest 

“[A] wonderful film.” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

 

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 "Inspirational filmmaking of the first order.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

“Astounding and thoroughly inspirational.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

"A soulful salute to a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon that's also an old-fashioned fairy tale come true.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

"Thru You Princess is pure positivity.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

 “It's almost impossible not to be charmed by guileless, good-hearted Princess Shaw herself and her real-life Cinderella story.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

“Compelling and inspiring.” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“One of the Toronto Film Festival’s wildest true stories.” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“Inspiring. An essential tale for the digital age.” (A-) - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

 “Touching. Offers an upbeat alternative to gloomier looks at identity in the digital age." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire 

“A total delight.” - Kase Wickman, MTV.com

 "Thru You Princess would have all the Facebook likes if it popped up on BuzzFeed tomorrow.” - Matt Patches, Esquire.com

 “[Princess] Shaw is such a vibrant, authentic character, you can't help but root for her.” - Matt Patches, Esquire.com

 “Will actually make you feel good about humanity—and the Internet.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies 

“A reminder that the porous borders of the web can yield not only great art, but also even greater empathy.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies 

"It's easy to ‘Like' Thru You Princess—but it's even easier to love it.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies

**** "Brilliant documentary. Completely fascinating." - Dwight Brown, The Huffington Post 

"Radiating with vivacity and affection for its subjects... A wonderful, uncommon sensation." - Sam Fragoso, Wired.com 

"[A] joyously uplifting documentary.” - Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star 

“It’s nothing short of a triumph.” - Jordan Hoffman, The Times of Israel 

“Intelligent, original and enthralling.” - Neta Alexander, Haaretz 

**** - The Guardian 

“A lovely portrait of artists coming together to make one another shine.” - Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine 

"[An] emotional, cross-continental rollercoaster ride.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, DAZED 

“Brings renewed optimism in the WWW.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, VICE 

“A thrilling new remix on 'A Star is Born.’” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest 

“[A] wonderful film.” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

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