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Run Time: 93 minutes
If you’ve been online in the past decade, you’ve probably come across a little green frog named Pepe. Although the sad, big-eyed cartoon swept across social media as a viral reaction image, his humble origins are in indie cartoonist, Matt Furie’s, comic Boy’s Club. What started as an innocent meme grew into something far more nefarious than Furie could have ever expected. During the lead up to the 2016 election, Pepe was appropriated as a white nationalist symbol of the far right. Furie’s creation took on a new, extreme life of its own as it became a deity to those spouting racist and anti-semitic views online. When both Hillary Clinton and the Anti-Defamation League declared Pepe a hate symbol, Furie knew he had to find a way to regain control of his now-infamous art. Pepe’s transformation from silly to sordid represents a larger ongoing battle against the dark online forces shaping our society in surprising ways. Tracing Furie’s fight for reclamation, FEELS GOOD MAN is a cautionary documentary for a post-modern age in which authorship and meaning are constantly challenged by the memeification of our culture and politics. — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:25 PM ET
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 2:20 PM ET
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:55 AM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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