Feels Good Man
Catalogue Number: TVP099
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Subject: Animation, Arts, Biography, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Cyber Education, Diversity, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Marketing, Media and Communications, Media Literacy, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Media, Social Sciences, Sociology, Tech/Voc
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 93:37
What happens when an innocent character created in an artist's early adulthood morphs into a widely recognizable symbol of hatred only a decade later? This is the issue that underground comic book artist Matt Furie must grapple with as he seeks to reclaim his character, Pepe the Frog, from the grip of the Alt-Right. Pepe found himself in the cross hairs of this culture war. He was being used by white supremacists, misogynists, teenage fascists, as a way to obfuscate their agenda and also meme their ideas into the public consciousness. Things got so bad that in 2016 Pepe was officially declared a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation league.
The film takes viewers on a wild journey through various corners of the internet to show how far one's creation can get away from their original intention and explores the power of symbols and iconography. If the genie cannot be put back in the bottle, can it at least be transformed into something else? Various artists, psychologists, lawyers, and internet culture analysts also share their perspective on this iconic cartoon frog.
With trippy Furie-esque animations, Feels Good Man puts forward a message of hope and positivity to combat a constant cycle of cynicism and hatred.
US Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker – Sundance Film Festival
ALA 2021 Notable Film for Adults
NYT CRITIC'S PICK
“…the movie is a vertiginous, head-slapping examination of the tangible, unpredictable consequences of making art.” - - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
“You’ve just got to see it. It is chilling, hopeful, terrible, and wonderful—and made with care, gorgeous animation, and perfect pacing.” - - Allen Salkin, Los Angeles Magazine