An Honest Liar
Director: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom Run Time: 93 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2014
Starring: Adam Savage, Banachek, Bill Nye, Alice Cooper, James Randi, Michael Edwards, Penn Jillette
Nitehawk Cinema & Tribeca Film Institute Summer Documentary Series present a film about magical deception, AN HONEST LIAR.
Q&A following the screening with Director/Producer Justin Weinstein, moderated by Cara Cusumano (Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival). Introduction by John Woods (Cinema Director/Bookings, Nitehawk Cinema).
For the last half-century, James “The Amazing” Randi has entertained millions of people around the world with his remarkable feats of magic, escape and trickery. Schooled in the techniques of deception, Randi saw his beloved magician’s tricks being used by faith healers, fortune-tellers, and psychics — not for entertainment, but to steal money from innocent people and destroy lives. Enraged by this, he dedicated his life to exposing those frauds, and would do so with the wit and style of the great showman that he is.
AN HONEST LIAR is a film about deception, told through Randi’s life and acts using never-before-seen historical footage and many of the original people involved. The film also follows Randi and his partner through this latest dramatic – and potentially devastating – twist in their lives. With appearances by Adam Savage, Penn & Teller, Bill Nye, Alice Cooper and others, AN HONEST LIAR is an exciting and thought-provoking film: part detective-story, part biography, and a bit of a magic act itself.
An Honest Liar screens as part of a new initiative by Tribeca Film Institute and Nitehawk Cinema that presents a curated series of documentaries from the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. More information can be found here.