21. Presenting Princess Shaw
Released: May 27th
Director: Ido Haar (9 Star Hotel)
Why it's great: The best music documentary of the year is a small story of an unknown artist, Samantha Montgomery, aka Princess Shaw. What distinguishes this film, and Montgomery's situation, is that she's not somebody who goes from nothing to the big time, even after she gets a moment in the limelight. Haar doesn't seem to care about selling us on her talent, songwriting, or vocal performances uploaded to YouTube. Presenting Princess Shaw works with a unique structure in which the title singer is followed day to day, oblivious to the fact that across the world in Israel, the viral-video musician Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, is featuring her in his latest mash-up project. She is a remarkable discovery, too, but it's mainly the doc that shines.
Where to watch it: Stream on Netflix