Renowned magician James “The Amazing” Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes, and sleight of hand for over 50 years. When Randi began seeing his cherished art form co-opted by all manner of con artists—from faith healers and fortune-tellers to psychics and gurus—he made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses.
With An Honest Liar, Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom chronicle Randi’s best debunkings, including his rivalry with nemesis and famed spoon-bender Uri Geller, with the help of interviewees including Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage. In telling Randi’s strange, funny, and fascinating life story, they ultimately show us how we are all vulnerable to deception—even, in a surprising twist, “The Amazing” Randi himself.
Length: 93 minutes
Director: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom
Screenwriter: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom, Greg O'Toole
Producer: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Editor: Greg O'Toole
Associate Producer: Yana Zeltser Weinstein, Thomas Guthrie
Cinematographer: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Executive Producer: Nick Fraser, Vijay Vaidyanathan, Gary Schermerhorn, Gill Holland, Greg Henry, David Shadrock Smith, Stephanie Levy
Composer: Joel Goodman
Cast: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, Penn & Teller, Richard Wiseman, Jamy Ian Swiss, Ray Hyman, Michael Shermer, Steve Shaw, Michael Edwards, Alice Cooper, Uri Geller.
Brooklyn-based Justin Weinstein has been making documentaries for broadcast, theatrical release, and commercial clients for over 10 years. Most recently, he wrote and edited Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, and for which Weinstein and fellow writer/editor Philip Shane were nominated for The Humanitas Prize. Tyler Measom is the co-director/producer of the feature documentary, Sons of Perdition (2010), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; he also produced the feature film, Take, which premiered at the 2007 TFF. Measom recently won an Emmy for the PBS documentary, Beehive Spirits.