Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel’s 3D printing doc Print The Legend has been acquired by digital platform Netflix, where it will premiere exclusively later this year in all of the online platform’s territories.
The doc (pictured above), which recently picked up a special jury award for editing and storytelling at SXSW, goes behind-the-scenes at U.S. 3D printing brands as they fight for top spots in the industry. Print the Legend questions the industry’s drive to enable consumers to produce anything from trinkets to handguns, while focusing on start-ups MakerBot and Formlabs as they vie with competitors Stratasys and 3D Systems.
“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, in a statement.
“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.”
In a joint statement, Lopez, Tweel and producer Steven Klein added: “From the day we knew the 3D printing world would be our focus, we set our sights on a SXSW premiere. 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.”