'Thru You Princess' Nabbed by Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media

Thru You Princess - H 2015
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

The doc comes from Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar and premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary Thru You Princess.

From Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar, the film follows 38-year-old New Orleans resident Samantha Montgomery who posts homemade a cappella clips on YouTube under the name Princess Shaw. Ophir Kutiel, an Israeli musician living on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv, mashes up YouTube videos from all over the world to create new musical pieces. Kutiel gets ahold of a Princess Shaw video, and the two are brought together through unlikely circumstances.

“Ido Haar’s relevant and inspirational film is a real-life Cinderella story, and Princess Shaw is a phenomenal discovery,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Participant is the perfect partner to help share this film with U.S. audiences.”

Thru You Princess premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

In The Hollywood Reporter's Toronto review, Lesley Felperin writes that the doc is "marking a refreshing break from the usually depressing rise-and-fall trajectories of so many music-themed documentaries."

Liran Atzmor and Stephen Apkon produced the film, with Esther van Messel and Gitte Hansen acting as executive producers.

First Hand Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Magnolia is looking at a 2016 for theatrical release.