presenting princess shaw

FILM REVIEW: “Presenting Princess Shaw” misrepresents her story

While chronicling the rise of a YouTube star, this documentary plays a bit fast and loose with the truth

“Presenting Princess Shaw” tells a pretty familiar showbiz fable. An aspiring singer from rough circumstances perseveres, but with little prospect for success, until an enigmatic figure comes to her aid and sets her on the path to recognition.

The twist, though, in this self-identified documentary by Ido Haar, is that Elizabeth Montgomery (aka Princess Shaw), from her home in New Orleans, has no idea that, halfway around the world, an Israeli producer and composer named Kutiman is building a mash-up video featuring her YouTube clips.

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You want art? I’ll show you art!: FilmWatch Weekly for June 3-9

Art films go to extremes, while Hollywood studio product flows like molten slag.

It’s an especially R-rated edition of FilmWatch this week, featuring a couple of artist/filmmakers who have never been afraid to push boundaries and embrace extremes. We’ve also got a documentary about another noted artist, and a new movie starring Juliette Binoche opening in Portland. Hollywood counters with ninja turtles, “Saturday Night Live” skits, and sappy romance. Is it just us, or does it seem like it might be a long summer at the multiplex?

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