PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW
Ido Haar | USA, Israel 2015 | 80 Min. | OmeU
Wednesday, 10.05.2017, 4:30 pm | tickets
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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.
Ido Haar is an Israeli documentary filmmaker. He graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, and his credits as an editor include Jonathan Demme's I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful. In addition to Thru You Princess, he has directed the documentaries Melting Siberia, 9 Star Hotel, and Enlistment Days.
- 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
- Special Mention from the Chopin's Nose Award Jury, Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland, 2016