Feels Good Man debuted on the 2020 Sundance Movie Pageant in January, which was roughly 8,000 years in the past.
But as we get deeper into the election season, I discover myself nonetheless reeling from the expertise; the story of cartoonist Matt Furie and his innocuous comedian creation Pepe the Frog speaks volumes in regards to the toxic potential of the web. The primary trailer, which premiered on Wednesday, delivers the identical chills.
Directed by illustrator, animator, and journalist Arthur Jones, Feels Good Man begins as a portrait of an artist, the light, goofy Furie, explores the MySpace reputation of the Boys Membership comedian, then explodes when 4chan catches wind of Pepe.
Straightforward to attract, and simpler to transform into nightmare gas, Pepe turned fodder for each kind of web denizen, ultimately devolving into an entry within the Anti-Defamation League’s hate image index. At one level, Jones interviews a member of Trump’s marketing campaign in regards to the appropriation of Furie’s comedian for propaganda. Feels Good Man excels at connecting the dots between a “fringe” meme and a grassroots motion that reshaped all of America.
On the time, I known as Feels Good Man “the most urgent and poignant political documentary of the year,” a declare I’ll stand by. The movie is sure to entertain those that’ve adopted alongside on Furie’s journey to reclaim Pepe from extremists, and may blow the minds of anybody unfamiliar with how web meme tradition has turn out to be a alternative faith for tens of millions of individuals trying to make sense of the world. That’s to say, it’s documentary enjoyable for the entire household!
Feels Good Man will launch on VOD on Sept. 4.