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What Ever Happened To The Teen Magicians Profiled In The Documentary ‘Make Believe’?

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What Ever Happened To The Teen Magicians Profiled In The Documentary ‘Make Believe’?
As a magic fanatic, I consider the Seth Gordon-produced Make Believe to be one of my favorite documentaries of the last decade. The film followed six of the world’s best young magicians own their road to the Teen World Championship in Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen the film, you should (here is the trailer). One of the […]

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Sundance 2015: Finders Keepers Maintains a Brilliant Balance of Comedy and Tragedy

Clay Tweel is a name that should be known to any documentary fan. After serving as an associate producer on Seth Gordon‘s The King of Kong, he went on to direct his first feature, the surprisingly sharp teen-magician film Make Believe, which is better than its conventional competition-doc surface indicates, and then he co-directed last year’s riveting exploration of the 3D printer market, Print the Legend, which in a way is also a competition doc only with very high, entrepreneurial stakes. For the most part, those two are dissimilar animals, though together they’d hinted that Tweel could maybe do no wrong with clean, non-complex subject matter of any sort. He has a talent for delivering reality in an entertaining yet not sensationalistic way. His latest, co-directed with Bryan Carberry (a multitasked intern on Make Believe) and produced by Gordon, is called Finders Keepers, and it’s his closest to the line of sensational exploitation
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Netflix Acquires 3D Printing Documentary ‘Print the Legend’

Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to “Print The Legend,” a documentary about the nascent American 3D printing industry that premiered at SXSW this month.

The film explores the people and companies racing to deliver consumer 3D printing — a potentially disruptive and controversial technology that enables reproduction of everything from guns to human organs.

Print the Legend” will premiere on Netflix in 2014 in all territories where Netflix is available. The docu won the 2014 SXSW Film Festival’s special jury recognition award for editing and storytelling in the documentary feature category.

Other documentaries the streamer has acquired include “The Square,” an Oscar-nominated film about political unrest in Egypt; “The Short Game,” about kid golfers; Mitt Romney docu “Mitt”; and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” about pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, which won the Oscar this year for documentary short.

See Also: SXSW Film Review: ‘Print the Legend
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Netflix Nabs SXSW Award-Winning Documentary ‘Print the Legend’

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Netflix Nabs SXSW Award-Winning Documentary ‘Print the Legend’
Netflix has acquired the rights to South by the Southwest award-winning feature documentary, “Print the Legend.” The recipient of the Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing and Storytelling, “Print the Legend” will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year. Directed, shot, and edited by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel (“Make Believe,” “The King of Kong”) and produced by Steven Klein (“Make Believe”), “Print the Legend” goes behind-the-scenes of the top American 3D printing brands as they fight for dominance in the rapidly developing, groundbreaking field of 3D printing. Also read: Disney to Film Marvel Netflix Series in NYC as Part of Massive New.
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SXSW Review: How 'Print the Legend' Turns the Prospects of 3D Printing Into a Fascinating Corporate Drama

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The technological possibilities of 3D printing may provide ideal fodder for the imagination, but that doesn't necessarily make for great drama. The chief accomplishment of "Print the Legend," the lively overview of various leading figures invested in advancing the 3D printer revolution from directors Luis Lopez ("Chevolution") and J. Clay Tweel ("Make Believe"), involves its capacity to do more than just show off the fancy new toys. Instead, "Print the Legend" delves into the industrial challenges facing the printer's development in addition to the numerous personal and professional hurdles that the field has already encountered. In short, it's less a movie about the gadget than the cutthroat business around it. However, the filmmakers expertly illustrate the dazzling possibilities of 3D printing from the swift opening, when a number of visionaries sing the praises of the device's progressive abilities. "If the last evolution was about bits," one inventor says, "this one's about.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Print the Legend’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Print the Legend’
A technology that promises (some would say threatens) to permanently transform our lives and businesses gets compelling behind-the-scenes treatment in “Print the Legend,” Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel’s skillful overview of the major players in the 3D printing industry, the ingenious and highly competitive products they’ve turned out, and the controversy they’ve stirred up vis-a-vis the gun-control debate. Still, as cutting-edge as these innovations may be, the dramatic trajectory here — the initial thrill of a successful collaboration giving way to the forces of hubris, conflict and betrayal — could hardly be more timeless or universally applicable. Reminiscent of such classic studies of geek entrepreneurship as “” and “The Social Network,” though it’s ultimately a softer-edged, more optimistic film than either, this well-handled documentary should maximize its modest theatrical potential on the basis of its remarkable access and early-bird take on a fascinating subject.

In covering the technology known as stereolithography,
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Project of the Day: A Battle Over an Amputated Leg from the Producer of 'King of Kong' and 'Undefeated'

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Project of the Day: A Battle Over an Amputated Leg from the Producer of 'King of Kong' and 'Undefeated'
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Finders Keepers" Tweetable Logline: Man finds leg in grill. Amputee wants leg back. Man sues amputee for leg. Things get ugly, go viral, are documented in "Finders Keepers." Elevator Pitch: "Finders Keepers" follows recovering addict and amputee John Wood in his stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction. Production Team:Director Bryan Carberry learned the finer points of documentary filmmaking with Ed Cunningham and the rest of the 'King of Kong' team on their film 'Make Believe,' Bryan's first project after graduating from USC's film program. The other points he picked
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20th Century Fox is Planning a Journey to Hollywood's Magic Castle

Disney is already working on a trip to the Magic Kingdom with Jon Favreau (which also has Pixar involved now), but now 20th Century Fox is taking a journey to the Magic Castle in Hollywood.  It's a historic mansion built in 1909 that serves as the headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts Inc. (which you might have seen featured in the documentary Make Believe, now on Netflix Instant) and features performances for aspiring and famous magicians. And if you think that just sounds like a huge nerd fest, celebrity magic enthusiasts like Cary Grant, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson and more are in the club. In fact, Neil Patrick Harris is the president of the Academy. THR reports The Magic Castle has just gained agency representation in order to create a brand for TV, video games, digital media and more. The one we care about is a feature film surrounding the
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Morning Meme: Katy Perry To Be Honored By The Trevor Project, Lady Gaga to Record Jazz Album, and Miss Coco Peru Heads To Target

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Katy Perry, who I think has a rather dubious relationship with the gay community, is set to be honored with the Hero Award from The Trevor Project. “Everyone deserves a wonderful, fulfilled life. Our sexual orientation or gender identity doesn’t change the spark and beauty within. I’m honoured that The Trevor Project has selected me to receive the Trevor Hero Award. Their work has inspired me since 2010, and I know they help save lives.”

ABC has given full season orders to shows I don't watch, with Scandal and The Neighbors getting the nod.

Justin Beiber wants to the world to know he's a good boy, a role model. Even though he's hanging out with One Direction and The Wanted, he doesn't drink. I still want people to think I’m a good person, a good influence. I want to be around tomorrow.”

For Halloween, Raising Hope is headed to a gay bar.
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The best documentaries of 2011

Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.

That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of

omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other.
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Make Believe

In the age of reality TV, this true-life chronicle about the efforts of teen magicians to make a name for themselves by winning a prestigious competition is not only trendy but heartfelt as well. The young cast of Make Believe are not your usual, annoying reality-show pests. These people are such a likeable bunch, you’ll be rooting for each and every one of them.

The documentary, directed by J. Clay Tweel, follows a group of talented teens who have set their sights on becoming the world’s next great magician. The magic teens ranch from 13-19 in age but they are all equally passionate and committed to their goal. The story focuses on five teens who have attained enough recognition and reached a level of talent that allows them to enter the World Magic Seminar, which culminates in a stage performance where the winner will be crowned as the world’s greatest teen magician.
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Stage Magic Onscreen This Weekend in 'Make Believe'

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Stage-magic documentary Make Believe screened to a packed house at Alamo Drafthouse earlier this week, so it's coming back this weekend for two afternoon screenings at the Alamo Ritz. The movie won an audience award at Austin Film Festival last year.

Quoth the Alamo synopsis:

"This amazing documentary exposes the steamy and high-stakes world of teenage magic competitions as it follows six adolescent outsiders who all share an extraordinary passion for the art of trickery. Armed with great skill and a dazzling array of illusions, these teenagers embark from all over the world to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they each hope to be named Teen World Champion by master magician Lance Burton.  From the producers of the fabulous King Of Kong, this film will leave you inspired and dumbfounded, as it showcases some of the most incredible, eccentric young performers working today."

I'm assured
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Make Believe

When Seth Gordon directed The King of Kong, a story of two men battling for the title of master of a classic arcade game, gaming whiz Billy Mitchell came across as the moustache twirling villain to Steve Wiebe’s devoted and entirely sympathetic hero. Was the characterization entirely fair? No, but it made for an incredibly compelling and entertaining documentary. With Make Believe, the Gordon-produced documentary directed by J. Clay Tweel, the feature avoids vilifying any of its subjects while still managing to give us a great film about the battle of human wills and the admirable human desire to be the best. The fact that it’s six teenagers fighting for the title of best teen magician just makes it that much more entertaining.

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Make Believe Review

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Make Believe Directed by: J. Clay Tweel Written by: Cleven S. Loham Starring: Lance Burton, Bill Koch, Krystyn Lambert, Derek McKee The art of magic has been around for centuries, and while the promise of seeing someone perform seemingly impossible feats will probably always draw a crowd, today's audiences are more wise, savvy and cynical than ever before. Nowadays, I think a lot of people take magic for granted, which is why modern magicians like Criss Angel and David Blaine need to put on a rock and roll attitude in order to get some attention. Still, with talented new magicians coming out of the woodwork all the time, it poses an interesting question: where do all these magicians get their start and how do they hone their skills? Make Believe is a documentary that purports to answer that question by focusing on the Teen Championship at the World Magic Seminar,
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Hiroki Hara, Krystyn Lambert, Bill Koch and Derek McKee Interview Make Believe

Magic is a quirky subculture where teens from all over the world, who would otherwise be considered outcasts by their peers, can meet with others that share their passion for the mysterious art form and bond in a way that closely resembles a family. Although they all compete against each other in the Teen Championship at the World Magic Seminar, they support each other for life and closely guard the secrets behind their tricks and illusions. This coming of age journey is documented in Make Believe, a new film from executive producers Ed Cunningham and Seth Gordon (the duo behind The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), producer Steven Klein (who was a teen magician himself) and director J. Clay Tweel. At the film’s press day, which was held at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, four of the film’s six subjects talked about their life as dedicated
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Make Believe: The Battle to Become the World’s Best Teen Magician Movie Review

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Make Believe: The Battle to Become the World’s Best Teen Magician Movie Review
Title: Make Believe: The Battle to Become the World’s Best Teen Magician Director: J. Clay Tweel Featuring: Krysten Lambert, Bill Koch, Hiroki Hara, Derek McKee, Siphiwe Fangase, Skumbuzo Nkonyana For all their amazing feats, athletes, even those of ferocious competitiveness and incredible and finely honed individual skill, sometimes evince a lack of joy, perhaps because their profession is dictated to some degree by body shape and size, pedigree, or simply the fact that it was drummed into their head long ago that their self-worth was entirely tied to this game or that. For me, that’s why amateur sports — particularly something like college basketball, where rivalries often span generations — possess...
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Exclusive: Krystyn Lambert Talks Make Believe

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The producers are behind this fascinating new documentary that takes viewers into the world of magic!

Ardent fans of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters have a new documentary to worship and obsess over. From the executive producers of that fan favorite comes the all-new masterpiece of fascination, Make Believe. This coming of age journey is set in the quirky subculture of magic, and it follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.

Much as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters pitted the heroic Steve Wiebe against douche supreme Billy Mitchell, Make Believe also find the perfect rivalry in lovable, self-taught magicianHiroki Hara, who hails from a small town in the middle of nowhere Japan. And his nemesis Krystyn Lambert, a seemingly privileged blonde haired beauty who is accused of coasting on her looks more than her skills as a magician.
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Director J. Clay Tweel and Producer Steven Klein Interview Make Believe; Update on The King Of Kong Remake

The documentary Make Believe follows six young outsiders who all share an extraordinary skill and passion for the art of magic. Each with their own strengths and a dazzling array of tricks and illusions, these teenagers come from all over the country and various parts of the world to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they strive to be named Teen World Champion by magic icon Lance Burton. Inspired by his own history as a teen magician, producer Steven Klein brought the idea for Make Believe to executive producers Ed Cunningham and Seth Gordon (the duo behind the acclaimed documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), and they all chose to enlist J. Clay Tweel to be at the helm of this unusual coming-of-age story. At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the famed Magic Castle, producer Steven Klein and director J. Clay Tweel
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"Make Believe," Reviewed

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At one point in "Make Believe," the mother of the aspiring 17-year-old magician Krystyn Lambert describes her daughter as finding a home in magic since "it's a little world of oddballs." Ordinarily, Krystyn wouldn't fit the profile. Compared at one point to Britney Spears for a combination of looks and talent, the blonde from Malibu who serves as student council president at her high school wouldn't appear to be an outsider, but in fact she's clearly set apart in her drive.

J. Clay Tweel's documentary tries its best to suggest otherwise, but "Make Believe" isn't so much about a group of teenagers trying to find their way in the world as it is about the fact that they already know where they're going. As older magicians such as Lance Burton and Ed Alonzo (best remembered as the Max's resident illusionist on "Saved by the Bell") explain throughout its 90-minute running time,
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‘Make Believe’ Pulls Back Curtain on World Magic Seminar

‘Make Believe’ Pulls Back Curtain on World Magic Seminar
Steven Klein Hiroki Hara, one of the magicians in the movie

Without revealing any secrets of the trade, director J. Clay Tweel’s humorous and heartfelt documentary “Make Believe” pulled laughs and a few understanding sighs out of its hat—and out of an appreciative audience at the Independent Film Festival Boston. Part competition film, part coming-of-age story, it follows a motley group of aspiring magicians as they battle for the coveted title of Teen World Champion at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.
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