Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Presenting Princess Shaw

Year: 2015
Country: USA, ISRAEL
Run Time: 80 minutes

Presenting Princess Shaw

Samantha Montgomery has a dream. Working as a nurse aid in New Orleans, she spends her free time uploading clips of her singing to YouTube. Recording under the moniker Princess Shaw, Montgomery’s voice is terrific; comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Macy Gray are certainly appropriate. Unfortunately, her channel doesn’t garner many hits, and audiences are scarce at local gigs. She’s also dealing with depression, which stems from a history of childhood sexual abuse. Across the world in Israel, mashup artist Kutiman has stumbled across Montgomery’s videos and is enamored by her voice. He crafts a tune using her acapella singing, brilliantly blending it with random bits and pieces from other amateur YouTube contributors. Soon the song becomes a viral hit, putting Princess Shaw in front of crowds she never expected. PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW spotlights the incredible power of technology. Without it, Montgomery’s music might have gone unnoticed forever. This film is an inspiring story of a talent who never gave up, despite a whirlwind of setbacks. In this day and age, sometimes that big break can come from the most unexpected places. –E.F.

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African Diaspora
Jewish and Israeli Visions
Women of the World

Music Movies Competition

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Ido Haar

Ido Haar is an Israeli producer and director, known for his work in television. He graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. Haar won the Israeli Ministry of Science and Culture's Art of Cinema Award in 2008.

"Melting Siberia" (2004), "9 Star Hotel" (2007), "Enlistment Days" (2012), PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (2015)

Liran Atzmor, Stephen Apkon

Ido Haar

Ido Haar

Principal Cast
Princess Shaw, Kutiman

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Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

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