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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’

“Print the Legend” focuses on the rise and challenges of startups MakerBot and Formlabs as they vie to release consumer models and control the narrative of the emerging market to compete with established industrial players Stratasys and 3D Systems. Pic was directed, shot and edited by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel (“Make Believe” and “The King of Kong”) and produced by Steven Klein (“Make Believe”).

“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,” Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentary and comedy, said in a statement.

The project was developed, produced, and financed by Chad Troutwine (“Freakonomics”) and Audax Films, led by co-producer Andrew Kortschak (“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”) and exec producer Walter Kortschak.

The film was also produced by Dan O’Meara (“By The People: The Election of Barack Obama”). Exhibit A Films, including producer Seth Gordon (“Undefeated,” “Mitt,” “The King of Kong”) and exec producer Mary Rohlich (“Make Believe”), led the filmmaking team.

Deal was negotiated by Liesl Copland of WME Global and the legal team at Cowan, Debaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, led by Sue Bodine, on behalf of the filmmakers.

“From the day we knew the 3D printing world would be our focus, we set our sights on a SXSW premiere,” Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel, and producer Steven Klein said in a statement. “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.”

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