FEELS GOOD MAN
Streaming at watch.ffyyc.ca | November 19-29, 2020
Discord watch party: 7pm, November 28
As in many of the weirdest fairy tales, it all starts with a frog. This story, however, is all too real.
In November 2016, a barbaric 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. Pepe was first innocently co-opted as a meme in the MySpace era, only later to be perverted as a totem of the alt-right: tweeted by Donald Trump, condemned by Hillary Clinton, and declared a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.
FEELS GOOD MAN is about an unexpected cultural rift, but also tells the personal story of an individual thrust into a maelstrom. The film is a Frankenstein-meets-Alice in Wonderland journey of an artist battling to regain control of his vandalized creation, while confronting a disturbing cast of characters who have their own peculiar attachments to Pepe.
As Pepe continues to morph around the world – last year, he transformed again into a symbol of hope among protesters in Hong Kong – 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.