Presenting Princess Shaw

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Israel | 2015 | 80 minutes | Ido Haar

An inspirational true-life fairy tale about a talented black woman from a poor New Orleans neighborhood whose a cappella YouTube performances capture the attention of an Israeli music producer, turning her into an international singing sensation.

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Every morning, Samantha Montgomery goes to works at a New Orleans retirement home, struggling to keep a roof over her head and her past at bay; every night, she becomes Princess Shaw, pursuing her dream of being a professional singer and recounting her daily hardships on her YouTube channel through late-night video confessionals and heartfelt a cappella songs. No matter what time of day it is, she can't seem to catch a break—and with only a few followers potentially listening, that seems unlikely to change. Meanwhile, 7,000 miles away in an Israeli kibbutz, an acclaimed viral video artist known as Kutiman is searching the internet for his next inspiration. Unknown to Princess, she becomes his muse as he begins sampling other YouTube music clips to flesh out the arrangements of her bedroom compositions. Director Ido Haar travels from the Dirty South to the Middle East and back again to chronicle Samantha's struggles and Kutiman's contemplative process, charting how the paths of these two distinctly different artists begin to cross. When Samantha sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to one of her retirement-home patients, she has no idea how prophetic that song will be.

Director Biography
Ido Haar is an Israeli filmmaker who graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. He has worked as an editor for films that have played at international festivals. His directorial work began with the 2004 film Melting Siberia, followed by 9 Star Hotel and Enlistment Days in 2012.

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  • Director: Ido Haar
  • Principal Cast: Kutiman, Samantha Montgomery
  • Country: Israel
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Liran Atzmor
  • Cinematographers: Ido Haar
  • Editors: Ido Haar
  • Music: Kutiman, Samantha Montgomery
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Enlistment Days (doc, 2012); 9 Star Hotel (doc , 2007); Melting Siberia (doc, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Films
  • International Sales: First Hand Films