There hasn’t been nearly the buzz we expected but that buzz that wuz is good.
IFC reviewed the film in today’s edition and loved it.
Make Believe is entertaining enough purely from sharing in the joy of its stars, making sure that something permanent and good remains even in a medium where most everything is meant to disappear.
The documentary follows the teen competition at The World Magic Seminar and introduces the “real world” to our little realm where talent shines and practice pays off.
Krystyn Lambert is one of the six teens featured in J. Clay Tweel’s documentary and her mother provides a great, pithy description of the world of magic and magicians: “a little world of oddballs.”
Despite her movie star looks, outstanding talent, and academic success, Krystyn Lambert seems to agree with her mother’s assessment. She confided in a 2010 Los Angeles Times article that she had not yet seen the film and “is well-aware she may come across to some as a ‘psychotic overachiever.’ But she doesn’t mind. She’s changed a lot since the film began shooting in October 2008, she said. And for the first time in her life, she said, she’s found a place outside of the magic world where she fits in – college.”
The film has already picked up awards at film festivals and received critical acclaim.
Variety gushed, “Guaranteed to have viewers levitating…”
You see what they did there? “Levitating” as in a magician performing the levitation illusion but in this case it is the audience watching a film about magicians. It was kind of a play on . . . Never mind.
The Toronto Film Scene opined, “…the most adorable doc you’ll see this year…The teens’ persistence and dedication ot their craft, and their fierce ambition to make it in this highly
competitive world is fascinating, and their enthusiasm is more than a little bit infectious…funny and touching…”
The film comes from the team that produced the 2007 Indie hit King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters. It was a wonderful documentary about two men attempting to set the world record Donkey Kong score.
Lance Burton, Ed Alonzo and others appear in Make Believe. The film will open in New York City on Friday and Los Angeles next week.