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Dir. Arthur Jones – 2020 – 93m

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As in many of the weirdest fairy tales, it all starts with a frog. This story, however, is all too real. In November 2016, a barbaric election cycle had exposed a seismic cultural rift, and the country suddenly felt like a much different place. For underground cartoonist Matt Furie, that sensation was even more surreal. His innocent creation, Pepe the frog, had become co-opted by agents of chaos. 

“…the movie is a vertiginous, head-slapping examination of the tangible, unpredictable consequences of making art.” – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

“You’ve just got to see it. It is chilling, hopeful, terrible, and wonderful—and made with care, gorgeous animation, and perfect pacing.” – Allen Salkin, Los Angeles Magazine

“Jones’ approach is nothing less than heroic…a beacon of internet literacy about a whole new language—that memes are flexible, omnipotent, and pieces of a phenomenon more powerful than their creators.” – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Many documentaries become less interesting the more you already know about the subject. But FEELS GOOD MAN presents a heavily covered story in a thoughtful and vivid way.” – Adi Robertson, The Verge

“A fascinating doc about the rise and fall and rise of the internet meme. Wonderful portrait of brilliant artist.” – Darren Aronofsky, Director of Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler & Black Swan.

“…Feels Good Man plays like a horror story, a Dante-esque descent through the increasingly toxic internet of the mid-00s.” – Joshua Rivera, Vanity Fair

“We’re left in awe at everything the story of Pepe encompasses…FEELS GOOD MAN proves Pepe can still be a force for good — among other things by helping us, through stories like these, to better understand the world we live in.” – Angie Han, Mashable

“A strange and terrifying odyssey that says much about intellectual property, fringe groups and the power of online imagery — and culture — to alter the national landscape.” – Nick Schager, Variety

“FEELS GOOD MAN above the pack…it’s probably one of the better documentary films ever made about the Internet era.” – Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“An expansive forensic look at the life cycle of an idea, a warp-speed analysis of internet sociology, and a harrowingly modern fable about innocence lost.“ – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“It sure makes for a chillingly effective internet-era cautionary tale” 3/4 Stars – Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

“A perfect documentary of multidisciplinary value…this first-rate film should be in every media studies course, as Jones marvelously synthesizes many threads with the breadth and depth of sociological perspective that deepens the significance of films like these.” – Les Roka, The Utah Review

“FEELS GOOD MAN is an acid trip of Furie-style animations.” – Emma Grey Ellis, Wired

“The most urgent and poignant political documentary of the year.” – Matt Patches, Polygon

“Kudos to FEELS GOOD MAN the Everything-You-wanted-to-know-about-Pepe-the-Frog-but-were- afraid-to-ask doc.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Well-executed emotional journey that will take viewers from amused to bemused to horrified to miserable and probably to a point of genuine anger.” – Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter

“Most impressive feat is that it weaves together these disparate narratives concisely.” – Matthew Gault, VICE Motherboard

“… breezy, almost irreverent… FEELS GOOD MAN offers a glimmer of hope that Pepe will return to his more innocuous roots.” – Clint Worthington, The Spool

“It’s mesmerizing and kind of trippy, but also makes the film feel like a one-of-a-kind creation in the greater context of the Pepe the Frog legacy…an outstanding documentary.” 9/10 – Alex Billington, FirstShowing

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