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Chicago PremiereFacets Film Dialogue with Chicago champion magician Bill Koch
Best Documentary LA Film Fest
Audience Award Austin Film Fest
"Charming... The buildup to the actual competition is perfectly paced" -New York Times
Recommended! "Itís an exceptionally good portrait of the characters, a brisk and well-made documentary" -NewCity Chicago
"Fascinating material" -Chicago Reader
"Endearing" -TimeOut Chicago
Get ready for the impossible to become possible. This dazzling documentary follows six teenaged magicians as they compete for the title of Teen World Champion at the prestigious World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Join them as they vie for top prize while showing us the importance that magic plays in the journey through adolescence.
Nineteen-year-old Bill Koch, the most recent winner of the Chicago Magic Championships, sacrificed a year from school to perfect his act in hopes of winning the competition. Magic has helped fourteen-year-old Derek Magee from Colorado to overcome extreme shyness; his ability to manipulate objects ambidextrously impresses audiences and fellow magicians alike. Seventeen-year-old Californian Krystyn Lambert is one of the few female competitors. Having already performed on television, Krystyn has been pegged as a future star. Hailing from a remote Japanese village, eighteen-year-old Hiroki Hara is completely self-taught and draws his inspiration from the natural world. Eighteen-year-olds Siphiwe Fangase and Nkumbuzo Nkonyana live in impoverished conditions in Cape Town, South Africa. Their love of magic and performing kept them away from the troubles and dangers that affect many of their peers.
Through interviews with the teens, their parents and their mentors, we learn the extreme dedication, focus and countless hours of practice that are needed to perfect this craft. They also reveal how a passion for magic helps them find their place in the world and lets them communicate across languages and borders. Magic also provides a sense of community; these young conjurers have unbridled enthusiasm and respect for each other's tricks. But at the heart of Make Believe is the magic itself. Prepare to be wowed, inspired and astounded by the incredible ability of these teenagers to perform acts that make us believe in the mysterious and the miraculous. (TIFF)
Directed by J. Clay Tweel, U.S.A., 2010, 90 mins. In English, Japanese and Xhosa with English subtitles.
Facets Film Dialogue
Chicago Champion magician and Make Believe star Bill Koch will be here in person for a Q&A after the 7 pm screenings on Friday, June 24 and Sunday, June 26.