Documentary filmmaker Ido Haar chronicles a cross-continental musical collaboration between American YouTube persona Princess Shaw and the Israeli mash-up artist who propels her into internet fame.
Samantha Montgomery, a 38-year old caretaker living in one of New Orleans' toughest neighbourhoods, posts videos of her musical performances on YouTube under the stage name Princess Shaw. Usually only seen by a handful of viewers, everything changes when the videos are discovered by Tel Aviv musician Kutiman aka Ophir Kutiel. Kutiman's "Thru You" YouTube mash-up project has garnered millions of hits, and when Kutiman samples Princess Shaw's work her popularity explodes.
A crowd-pleasing documentary about an everyday performer and a stranger who admires her work, PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (formerly titled THRU YOU PRINCESS) explores themes of loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the digital age.