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Old 19th February 2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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"An Honest Liar" - The Amazing Randi Story

"An Honest Liar profiles the life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s beloved psychics, mentalists, preachers, and faith healers with religious fervor. Along the way, the film will show how easily our perceptions can be fooled – by magicians, con artists, and even documentaries."

http://www.anhonestliar.com/anhonestliar/Home.html

Kylie Sturgess (Token Skeptic) interviews the directors/producers of the movie here:
http://tokenskeptic.org/2012/02/18/e...-tyler-measom/
(Listening to it now.)

I gather the film is still being made, but from what I've heard, it sounds like it will be made well. I may even donate.

They're also looking for documentary/video evidence that may not be available in the public sphere.
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Old 19th February 2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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Thanks ON. I wonder who will pick it up. I can't imagine a theatrical release, but hopefully it will get good coverage.
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Old 20th February 2012, 04:32 AM   #3
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I watched the trailer a few times today and it looks fantastic. I don't know too much about the filmmakers' other work so I'll have to investigate that tonight but so far to my untrained eye, it looks really good. The website looks really nice too.

From the website:
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An Honest Liar will likely be released sometime in 2013.
Now we play the waiting game...

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p.s - I'm just a poor uni student and I'm also considering donating. This film looks like a ten kinds of awesome.

ETA: Clicking through the tabs up the top in order (home, the story, etc.), Randi looks like the stages I go through when I'm being told something from the woo side. It goes from an interested look, to a skeptical look, to an angry look, to being fed up and not even looking at the person, to putting his head in his hands in frustration.

Talk about useless observations Great photos though, they really make the website.

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Old 23rd February 2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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I like your observations, ieathedead.
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Old 23rd February 2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Also being discussed here (though this is probably a better subforum for it).
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Old 30th January 2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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Today, Randi himself faces the price of a deception that might result in the loss of his partner of 26 years.
Huh?
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Old 30th January 2013, 08:38 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Buckaroo View Post
Huh?
A bit off-topic, but if you really don't know:

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=218996
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Old 30th January 2013, 09:25 PM   #9
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I pledged to the Kickstarter campaign and started receiving the email updates, including one regarding the contest on IndieWire about which of the four contenders in the contest will get free consultation with the Tribeca Film Institute. Winning would also probably add free publicity.

What annoyed me about the IndieWire contest was their headline description of the film: "Project of the Day: Gay Magician The Amazing Randi Comes Out and Faces the System in 'An Honest Liar.'"

I am happy Randi felt comfortable coming out a few years ago, but think his sexual orientation is just one facet of his life. Plus, it came out so late in his life it is a very small part of his public persona. Randi is my hero because of his relentless crusade to protect people from a myriad of unscrupulous con-artists willing to prey on the innocent. He was my hero before I even considered his sexuality, and still is today, perhaps even more so.

Certainly, the inclusion in the documentary about the troubles Randi and Davyi (aka Jose) faced after Dayvi's arrest adds to the drama, and probably makes the documentary more commerically viable. And Randi's coming out might have been nudged by the news of the arrest and relationship. However, I just think that one sentence description is a cheap PR gimmick instead of what Randi's life is about. Given that I pledge based upon the content of the trailer, I also hope it is not an accurate synopsis of the film, which should focus on his legacy as a crusador against fraud.

Hopefully the IndieWire website is the one who came up with that tag line, not the film makers.
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Randi's gay? That's the first I've heard of it.

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Is there any reason anybody should ******* care?
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They were filming at TAM 9, including at the volunteer lunch. I've therefore contributed in the hope of seeing myself on the big screen.
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Old 31st January 2013, 03:06 AM   #14
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And most importantly, since I already pledged a donation to help get it distributed and get my own copy of the movie, I want more people to chip in so I get the free bonus of the custom playing cards too

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...ng-randi-story
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Originally Posted by AdMan View Post
A bit off-topic, but if you really don't know:

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=218996
Oh, that! I'd totally forgotten about it. And the overloading of the terms "lose" and "partner" threw me.
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They were filming at TAM 9, including at the volunteer lunch. I've therefore contributed in the hope of seeing myself on the big screen.
Do you mean TAM 10? Because they were there, and I talked to them for about 20 minutes. Were they also at TAM 9?
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Old 31st January 2013, 06:31 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by The Central Scrutinizer View Post
Do you mean TAM 10? Because they were there, and I talked to them for about 20 minutes. Were they also at TAM 9?
Yup, they were at TAM 9 too.
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Is there any reason anybody should ******* care?
Not particularly. My point is that Biff's post is the first I've heard anything about Randi's sexual orientation.

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Yea! "An Honest Liar" won as the January project of the month!

http://www.indiewire.com/article/con...t-of-the-month

Since it looks like donations have slowed down and I might not get the free pack of cards, I will probably have to chip in another $25 donation to ensure I receive a set.

The Kickstarter project page is here for anyone who wants to not only get a copy of the film, but help support its production.
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Do you mean TAM 10? Because they were there, and I talked to them for about 20 minutes. Were they also at TAM 9?
Not sure if I saw them at TAM 10; they definitely didn't film at the volunteer lunch that year. They did film it at TAM9.
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WooHoo! Over $200k. I guess I added to that by bumping up my pledge
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Yea! The final tally looks to be:

3,096 backers
$246,989
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I stumbled upon the project by accident and got in my pledge in the final few hours. And...woo hoo! I'm getting a signed book by Randi and some of the other cool stuff. I can't wait until the film is completed.
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The Kickstarter is now closed, with a fantastic final total of $246,989, but it's still possible to contribute and get some of the rewards at the project site.
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The Kickstarter is now closed, with a fantastic final total of $246,989, but it's still possible to contribute and get some of the rewards at the project site.

Most excellent, indeed.
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Very cool to see that "An Honest Liar" just won the American Film Institute's "Audience Award for Best Feature".

http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog.html
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Here is an interview with him talking about the movie on Huffpost.

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/seg...a760044c0002ce
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Here is an interview with him talking about the movie on Huffpost.

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/seg...a760044c0002ce

Thanks for linking to that. Good segment. I'm looking forward to watching the film (not to mention seeing Randi again) at TAM in a few days.
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where can those of us not able to go to a TAM see the movie?
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where can those of us not able to go to a TAM see the movie?
You can buy the DVD, Blu-Ray or as a digital download from the honest liar site. Just check out the "Shop" menu link.
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You can buy the DVD, Blu-Ray or as a digital download from the honest liar site. Just check out the "Shop" menu link.
It's not available yet, though. There are some licensing issues for some of the clips and/or music, which they can use in the live showings they're doing at the moment, but are not (yet) licensed to use in a DVD. They're hoping to be able to be able to finance what's needed before releasing the DVD (or else find an alternative solution, which will mean the DVD is slightly different).

(That's from memory of the update I got as one of the kickstarter contributors.)
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It's not available yet, though. There are some licensing issues for some of the clips and/or music, which they can use in the live showings they're doing at the moment, but are not (yet) licensed to use in a DVD. They're hoping to be able to be able to finance what's needed before releasing the DVD (or else find an alternative solution, which will mean the DVD is slightly different).

(That's from memory of the update I got as one of the kickstarter contributors.)

Ah, thanks for that Zooterkin. I've been checking periodically as I can't wait to get my hands on it. Being in SA, I'm obviously not going to be able to make it to any of the screenings.
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There will be a commercial release of the film this fall in the US. This was announced at the TAM screening. Don't know how wide the distribution will be or how long it will be out there.
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At TAM, the makers suggested that blogging, tweeting, etc. about the film may have a positive effect on securing (better) distribution. Buzz begets buzz.

So, tweet it long and repeat.

FYI, it's a good film. Bit of a love story really. i'd watch it again.
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At TAM the filmmakers emphasized that we (TAM attendees, familiar with Randi) were not the target audience for the film and that they thought we would be their toughest audience. Despite this, I think the film was very well received--I heard only positive comments, and Randi and Deyvi and the filmmakers got standing ovations after the showing I attended. It is a good movie.

I think the film will continue to have a wider release, and will likely be available for renting or buying digitally down the road, if you aren't able to catch it in the theaters.

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