FEELS GOOD MAN - JFI Event

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January 26, 2021
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Welcome to this special FEELS GOOD MAN watch party and live virtual Q&A presented in collaboration with the Jewish Film Institute.

Video Descriptions

Feels Good Man - OFFICIAL TRAILER

Official trailer for the Sundance Award-winning documentary "Feels Good Man" // AVAILABLE NOW! linktr.ee/feelsgoodmanfilm Music by Cobra Man

Feels Good Man

96min 5sec

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  • FEELS GOOD MAN

    In November 2016, a nasty 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. Furie’s comic creation Pepe the Frog, conceived more than a decade earlier as a laid-back humanoid amphibian, had unwittingly become a grotesque political pawn. FEELS GOOD MAN is a Frankenstein-meets-Alice in Wonderland journey of an artist battling to regain control of his creation, while confronting a disturbing cast of characters who have their own peculiar attachments to Pepe. Now, as Pepe continues to morph around the world – FEELS GOOD MAN offers a vivid, moving portrait of one man, one frog, and the very strange reality we’ve all found ourselves living in.

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    Arthur Jones

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    FEELS GOOD MAN is Jones’s directorial debut, but he’s uniquely suited to tell the story. He’s a cartoonist who came up in the same indie comics scene as the film’s subject, Matt Furie. Jones published a book of his illustrations in 2011: Post-it Note Diaries (Penguin/Plume Paperbacks). Over his career, he’s art directed animation and motion graphics for journalists and documentary filmmakers, working with companies including The New York Times, VICE, The Center for Investigative Reporting and The International Consortium of Journalists. Recently he’s been a part of several documentary features: Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (2015), BUNKER 77 (Amazon Studios, 2017), Owned, A Tale of Two Americas (2018) and Hal (Oscilloscope Films, 2018). Jones is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

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    Giorgio Angelini

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    Giorgio Angelini came into film from a longer, multi-faceted career in the creative arts. After touring in bands like The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen for much of his 20s, Giorgio enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Rice University during the depths of the 2008 real estate collapse. It was during this tumultuous time that the seeds for Giorgio’s directorial debut, ​OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas​ began to take shape. Following graduate school, Angelini began working with the boutique architecture firm, Schaum Shieh Architects, where he designed the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, as well as the headquarters for The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, which won the Architect’s Newspaper’s “Design of the Year” award in 2018. Focusing on film now, Giorgio launched a production company (Ready Fictions) in 2019 with his producing partner, Arthur Jones. A collaboration which began on ​OWNED. Giorgio served as the executive producer for the feature film ​My Friend Dahmer (2017) and directed a documentary-short for celebrated performance artist Mary Ellen Carroll entitled ​My Death is Pending...Because. G​ iorgio is also the Executive Producer for the upcoming coming-of-age drama, Shoplifters of the World. ​He continues to seek out projects that can help expand our understanding of the perversity of American culture. Architectural, film, or otherwise. @giorgieangelini

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    Caryn Capotosto

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    Caryn Capotosto is an award-winning documentary producer and founder of the Los Angeles-based production company, ​Museum & Crane​. She produced the critically acclaimed documentary ​Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018), winning an Independent Spirit, Critics’ Choice, and Producers Guild Award for Best Documentary. Her other projects include the Emmy Award-winning ​Best of Enemies (2015) and the Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning documentary, ​20 Feet from Stardom (2013). Other documentaries include: ​Afghan Cycles ​(2018), ​The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, a​ nd ​Filmage: The Story of Descendents / ALL.​ Additional projects include the documentary series ​Ugly Delicious (Executive Producer, 2018), ​Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Executive Producer 2019) and ​Shangri-La​ (Co-Executive Producer 2019).

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    Aaron Wickenden

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    Aaron is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated editor. He has cut some of the most notable documentaries of the past decade, four of which have been shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Academy Award: The War Tapes (2006), At The Death House Door (2008), Best of Enemies (2016), and Finding Vivian Maier (2013) which went on to be nominated for the award. Most recently he edited Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018), a theatrical hit for Focus Features. His directorial/producing debut Almost There (2014) was made with Kartemquin Films and funded by ITVS. He and Jones have been friends for almost two decades and are excited for this to be their most ambitious collaboration to date.

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