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Must-See: Presenting Princess Shaw Follows a Singer Struggling to Find Her Voice

Must-See: Presenting Princess Shaw Follows a Singer Struggling to Find Her Voice

Princess Shaw
Magnolia Pictures

The summer doc you can't miss

What does it take to go viral? For Samantha Montgomery, a struggling queer New Orleans singer who uploads her music under the name Princess Shaw, all it took was the help of a guardian angel 7,000 miles away: the Israeli video artist Kutiman (a.k.a. Ophir Kutiel), who arranges clips of amateur musicians into intricate, full-fledged compositions. Presenting Princess Shaw follows Montgomery as she fights to find an audience amid a blur of empty club gigs and packed-stadium auditions for The Voice. She also hopes to be seen and heard on YouTube, where her more than 150 videos contain stripped-down original tracks and confessions about the loneliness of chasing fame. But Montgomery's luck, unbeknownst to her, is already turning by the time the film begins: Kutiel has discovered one of her tunes and is creating something from it that will vault them both onto the Internet's main stage.

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