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U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker

When Matt Furie first created Pepe the Frog, a character in his indie comic Boy’s Club, Matt was an easygoing San Francisco artist and Pepe was a chill frog dude. Through a series of unforeseen events and bizarre connections driven by the internet, Pepe came to be a symbol of hate for the far right. How that exactly happened is a wild journey into the heart of online life today and the memeification of our shared collective culture, where the meanings of images change moment to moment and cannot be controlled even by their creators.

Furie decides to fight to take back Pepe from the dark forces that have turned him from a silly comic-book character into their own symbol. But is it already too late? Debut director Arthur Jones takes us through a modern-day saga of the internet that must be seen to be believed or understood. Feels Good Man shows us how a character meant to provide joy and fun can slowly morph into something else—but just maybe can change again.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 92 min

WEBSITE https://www.feelsgoodmanfilm.com

EMAIL feelsgoodmanfilm@gmail.com


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Artist Bio

Arthur Jones

Feels Good Man is Arthur Jones’s directorial debut, but he’s uniquely positioned to tell this nuanced and layered story. Throughout his career, he’s art directed animation and motion graphics for journalists and documentary filmmakers at news outlets like the New York Times, Vice, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the International Consortium of Journalists.