Feels Good Man

Directed by Arthur Jones


Official selection

Sundance Film Festival 2020, SXSW 2020, Hot Docs 2020


US Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker - Sundance Film Festival


Arthur Jones


Matt Furie


Giorgio Angelini, Caryn Capotosto, Arthur Jones, Aaron Wickenden


Giorgio Angelini, Kurt Keppeler, Guy Mossman


Ari Balouzian, Ryan Hope


Drew Blatman, Katrina Taylor, Aaron Wickenden


Visit Films

USA 2020 94 mins OV English
Genre Documentary

“Offers an inside peek at the internet's growing ability to affect and shape modern society, which often makes the film a nightmare about extremism and technology. ”
Nick Schager, VARIETY

“More than just a cautionary tale, but one of hope, as well. It's also terrifically entertaining.”
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, HAMMER TO NAIL

First created in the pages of Matt Furie’s 2005 comic book Boy’s Club, the iconic Pepe the Frog character has gone from laid-back peacenik slacker to hate symbol classified by the Anti-Defamation League. So what the hell happened, exactly? His story begins when he takes a piss with his pants all the way down (“feels good man”), takes us into the birth of meme culture in the MySpace and 4Chan eras, and then explodes during Trump’s hellish election year, and its subsequent enabling of the alt-right. From school shooters to racist demagogues and conspiracy theorists… into the streets of Hong Kong, where Pepe has been rehabilitated as a rallying symbol of hope and resistance for pro-democracy activists…The dopey frog has been used and abused, claimed and reclaimed – which has left Furie driven to make things right.

Winner of a Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the latest edition of Sundance, Arthur Jones’s debut FEELS GOOD MAN is a playful and thoroughly entertaining documentary about one of the most influential artists of our time (although you wouldn’t know it) – doubling as an insightful portrait of the current cultural moment, which has lit the fuse to the powder keg that is the United States (and beyond) and brought us into this current moment of crisis. In Jones’ hands, the story of an innocent frog becomes symbolic of a sharp societal turn towards the right, an erosion of logic and common sense, and a transition towards a post-satirical, post-everything world where real violence and concepts such as “meme magic” can somehow overlap. All that, and of the art that might just inspire and save us after all. – Ariel Esteban Cayer