Giorgio Angelini, Matt Furie, Arthur Jones, Aaron Wickenden
Cartoonist Matt Furie’s creation, Pepe the Frog, became a grotesque political pawn in 2016 during the US elections. Pepe was appropriated by hate groups and denounced by their opponents. His true nature became quite blurry. The film shows an artist battling to regain control of his vandalized creation. 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 portrait of one man, one frog, and the very strange reality we’ve all found ourselves living in. (photo credits: Giant Pictures)
Feels Good Man is Arthur Jones’s directorial debut, but he’s uniquely suited to tell the story. He’s a cartoonist who came up in the same indie comics scene as the film’s subject, Matt Furie. A selection of his work was published in Post-it Note Diaries (Penguin/Plume Paperbacks 2011). He has art directed animation and motion graphics for journalists and filmmakers, working with companies including The New York Times, VICE, The Center for Investigative Reporting and The International Consortium of Journalists.