Feels Good Man

In 2016, after a nasty election cycle exposed a cultural rift, many Americans were left asking, “what the hell just happened?” For underground cartoonist Matt Furie, the question was more surreal: his character Pepe the Frog had become a political pawn — tweeted by Donald Trump, condemned by Hillary Clinton, and declared a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.

The film looks at how Pepe’s transformation—from stoner cartoon frog in 2007, to extremist icon in 2016—runs parallel to America’s own transformation into a more divisive, mean-spirited, and tribalist place. It’s a Frankenstein monster story of an artist battling to regain control of his mutated creation.

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Credits

Director:

Arthur Jones

Executive Producer:

Wavelength Productions: Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Chicago Media Project: Steve Cohen, Paula Froele

Producer:

Giorgio Angelini, Caryn Capotosto, Aaron Wickenden

Screenwriter:

Giorgio Angelini, Arthur Jones, Aaron Wickenden

Cinematographer:

Giorgio Angelini, Christian Bruno, Kurt Keppeler, Guy Mossman

Editor:

Aaron Wickenden ACE, Katrina Taylor, Drew Blatman

Sound Designer:

Lawerence Everson

Music:

Ari Balouzian, Ryan Hope

Principal Cast:

Matt Furie, Johnny Ryan, Lisa Hanawalt, Emily Heller, Chris Sullivan, Aiyana Udesen, Dale Beran, John Michael Greer, Adam Serwer, Aaron Sankin

Additional Credits:

Co-Producer: Caitlin Ward, Co-Producer: Maggie Angelini, Co-Producer: Kurt Keppeler, Co-Producer: Kerry McLaughlin, Sound Editor/Mixer: Lawrence Everson, Animator: Arthur Jones, Animator: Jenna Caravello, Animator: Khylin Woodrow, Animator: Nicole Stafford

Contact

Public Film Contact:

Giorgio Angelini
Ready Fictions
feelsgoodmanfilm@gmail.com

Publicity Contact:

Giorgio Angelini
feelsgoodmanfilm@gmail.com
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Sales Agent:

Submarine

Details

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Year:

2020

Genre:

["Documentary"]

Screening Section:

Festival Favorites

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Country:

United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

93 mins