Meet the Filmmaker
Feels Good Man
Winner! U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker at Sundance 2020
Winner! Best Documentary at Fantasia Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Fest and Lighthouse Film Festival
Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie and Director Arthur Jones will join us for a post-film Zoom Q&A!
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 cartoon character, 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.
USA, 2020, 92 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Arthur Jones
“Thorough, well-researched investigation ... but with the humor, playfulness and creativity that matches its material and main character.”– Adam Kempenaar, FILMSPOTTING
“Seeing what happened to Furie and his chill stoner frog dude... will likely make your blood run cold. It sure makes for a chillingly effective internet-era cautionary tale.”– Jocelyn Noveck, ASSOCIATED PRESS
“At its best, the movie is a vertiginous, head-slapping examination of the tangible, unpredictable consequences of making art.”– Ben Kenigsberg, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“This engrossing documentary follows the character's gentle creator, Matt Furie, as he tries to reclaim his frog from the hatemongers.”– Brad Newsome, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Arthur Jones makes a blistering debut with this look at the man behind a meme.”– Jason Gorber, POV MAGAZINE
“Its efficiency is remarkable.”– Joshua Rivera, VANITY FAIR