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A documentary on the collaborative relationship between New Orleans based songwriter/YouTube star Samantha Montgomery and composer/video artist Ophir Kutiel.

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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 ... Written by Ido Haar

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She shared her dreams with the world. And one day they came true. See more »

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Princess Shaw appeared in person at the 2016 Columbia, MO True/False film festival for a screening. She sang for the audience after the showing. See more »

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Features The Voice (2011) See more »

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A Change Is Gonna Come
written by Sam Cooke
vocals by JB Wallace
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A rare look at a star in the making
15 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Documentary filmmakers need luck to be in the right place at the right time. This filmmaker made some of his own luck. He started making one movie about several artists whose YouTube recording became raw material for Israel's music composer/creator Kutiman. He ended up making another film entirely about the blossoming of an undiscovered musical talent into a budding star. There's a ton of heart in this film and some of it is darned had to watch. That's the problem with raw authenticity. It's raw. Kudos to the filmmaker, to Princess Shaw, and to Kutiman. This is a worthwhile film to see.

We saw this film as part of the Camera Cinema Club series in San Jose, CA.


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