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Presenting Princess Shaw (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Presenting Princess Shaw works as a uniquely uplifting look at internet stardom -- and a compelling glimpse of an artist whose gifts transcend the medium.

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The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans's toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw's emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bonafide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

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The film, which had a brief theatrical release last year, is a feel-good story for the age of viral video.

July 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Chicago-born singer-composer Samantha Montgomery, aka Princess Shaw, seeks personal and artistic validation in this affecting documentary.

June 9, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a millennial twist on "American Idol," with the subjects and filmmaker each using technology to produce something new and astounding.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

No better than what you'd expect to find on American Idol and The Voice, both of which are a lot more upfront in their cynicism.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

An inspiring, enjoyable - and utterly stage-managed - documentary from Israeli director Ido Haar.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Just when you were about to give up on the Internet as a swamp full of trolls, bullies, and liars, along comes a documentary like Ido Haar's "Presenting Princess Shaw."

June 2, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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