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Feels Good Man traces the surreal journey of cartoonist Matt Furie's character Pepe the Frog as it evolved from a niche web comic image into a white supremacist icon during Donald Trump’s ascendance to the Presidency. It follows Furie’s quest to reclaim his character from the clutches of alt-right extremists and to rehabilitate Pepe’s image, and, by extension, his own. Feels Good Man is an eye-opening exploration of questions of authorial intent, virality, magical thinking, and the internet’s influence on our culture. The film captures a strange and evocative chapter in the rise of Donald Trump and illustrates the far-reaching consequences of meme culture.

In this event, director Arthur Jones and producer Giorgio Angelini will join moderator Chelsea Kai Roesch (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of Feels Good Man.

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center.

Presented as part of the Alt-Right Media Literacy Series, a multicampus graduate student initiative sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute and Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB.

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