A movie about 3D printing: that has to be premiered by an innovating media company, isn’t it? And so it goes, as streaming service Netflix has bought the rights to premiere Print the Legend online in 2014. This is a documentary on 3D printing start-ups, directed by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel (Make Believe and The Hong Kong)
The film already won an award at the SXSW festival (where else?). More precisely, it won an SXSW award for special jury recognition for documentary features. All Netflix subscribers will be able to watch the movie in the near future. The film focusses on companies MakerBot and Formlabs, that struggle at the start, as they have to compete against bigger companies like Statasys and 3D Systems. It’s about the ups and downs of the industry.
Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary and comedy says in a statement: “It’s so rare for a film to capture history in the making, and Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel have done just that in their skillful presentation of the elation and betrayals experienced by young entrepreneurs detailing the groundbreaking technology of 3D printing. This is a compelling glimpse into a game changing technology as it nears an inflection point going from the fantasy world of a few obsessed visionaries to a must-have technology that may enter every home.”
Variety’s Justin Chang was one of the lucky ones to have seen the documentary at SXSW, and he was quite positive about it, stating it’s “a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the growing (and controversial) 3D printing industry.” If you’re curious about Print the Legend, then here’s a little preview for you:
Credits images: Print the Legend (1st), Netflix (2nd).