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All around 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 on her own 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 to a handful of followers. One of them is Kutiman, a.k.a. Ophir Kutiel, an Israeli musician living on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv, who mixes together one of Montgomery’s clips with instrumentals posted online by random musicians, resulting in a surprising reversal of fortune for the unforgettable Princess Shaw. A rousing documentary crowd-pleaser about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her crafty secret admirer, Presenting Princess Shaw examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age, where showbiz dreams remain but a mouse-click away for even the most hardscrabble striver.
About The Team
Ido Haar (Director) 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 Presenting Princess Shaw, he has directed the documentaries Melting Siberia, 9 Star Hotel, and Enlistment Days.
Liran Atzmor (Producer) As a former managing director and senior producer for Belfilms, Israel, Liran Atzmor has produced programming for all Israel’s major broadcasters as well as broadcasters and distributors in North America and Europe, including BBC, ZDF-Arte and the History Channel. His credits include The Yad Vashem Films, The Inner Tour and My Stills. Atzmor also served as senior commissioning editor for Israel’s documentary channel, Channel 8. He produced The Law In These Parts by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, winner of the 2013 Sundance World Cinema Best Documentary prize as well as a Peabody award.
Presenting Princess Shaw is a Cinereach grantee.