Netflix buys rights to 3D printing documentary Print The Legend
James R | On 27, Mar 2014
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has acquired the rights to 3D printing film Print The Legend.
The Netflix original documentary 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. It picked up the Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing & Storytelling in the Documentary Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2014 across all territories.
It’s certainly a novel thing for a documentary to focus on: 3D printing seems to be doing everything, from printing human organs and guns to houses. Directed, shot, and edited by Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel, Print the Legend follows the people racing to bring 3D printing to your desktop and into your life. For the winners, there are fortunes – and history – to be made.
“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, said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy. “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.”
“From the day we knew the 3D printing world would be our focus, we set our sights on a SXSW premiere,” added Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel, and producer Steven Klein. “To premiere in front of the most tech savvy and entrepreneurial festival crowd in the world and partner with the Netflix documentary team – who work brilliantly at the cutting edge of distribution – is truly a dream come true.”