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Documentary 'An Honest Liar' to screen in Brandon thanks to Lutz man

James Randi, a Plantation resident, is considered the grandfather of skeptics. He made a career as a magician before becoming a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow and devoting his life to debunking the work of psychics, spiritual healers, astrologers and the like. (Associated Press, 2007)
James Randi, a Plantation resident, is considered the grandfather of skeptics. He made a career as a magician before becoming a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow and devoting his life to debunking the work of psychics, spiritual healers, astrologers and the like. (Associated Press, 2007)
Published May 15, 2015

Moviegoers often wonder why certain independently produced films aren't shown in Tampa Bay theaters. Barry Silber of Lutz did something about it. Intrigued by reading about the documentary An Honest Liar, Silber contacted the tiny distributor Abramorama and arranged a one-time screening on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at AMC Regency 20 in Brandon. An Honest Liar profiles James "The Amazing" Randi, pictured, professional skeptic and noted debunker of psychic phenomena. Silber attempted to book Randi, 86, to speak at the screening but the author and former magician, who lives in Plantation, has a previous commitment. A post-show discussion is planned. Tickets are $11 at tbtim.es/ibd. For the record, esoteric movies like An Honest Liar with limited financial backing often skip mid-sized markets like Tampa Bay. Not because we wouldn't enjoy or understand them but simply because distributors can't afford wider releases. Steve Persall, Times movie critic