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A Lego Brick Documentary

 

Lego Documentary

The Film

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Oscar winning Director Daniel Junge and Oscar Nominated Director Kief Davidson take us on a journey through the LEGO® brand like you have never seen before. They explore the brick that has captured imaginations for generations and look at the fundamental question-- is it a toy or something more? A LEGO® BRICKUMENTARY delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all over the world. The narrative takes us through art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduces us to Master Builders designing and creating life-sized LEGO models (as well as those who employ LEGO bricks to create their own films), leads us into the world of LEGO therapy and brings us along to meet Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLS), each with amazing stories to tell. A LEGO® BRICKUMENTARY explores the essential nature of human creativity and the ways we seek to build and understand our world.



The Filmmakers

Daniel Junge

Director Daniel Junge is an Oscar and Emmy-winning (and two time Oscar-nominated) filmmaker. From his first film — the Tribeca-­‐winning CHIEFS — Junge has consistently made provocative documentaries with critical and popular acclaim and broadcasts on more than 50 networks internationally.  Some of Junge’s titles include the Toronto-­‐premiered IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA the Emmy-­‐nominated and Oscar short-­‐listed THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, the Oscar-nominated THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER and the Oscar-winning SAVING FACE.  Most recently, Junge made BEING EVEL, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters in August.

Kief Davidson

Kief Davidson is an Oscar nominated director who creates films that both inspire and entertain. Winning dozens of prestigious awards, his films include the 2013 Academy Award® Nominee OPEN HEART, AFI Film Festival winner Kassim the Dream and Tribeca Film Festival winner and DGA Nominee The Devil’s Miner. A LEGO® BRICKUMENTARY marks Kief’s third film to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is currently in production on a companion film to OPEN HEART, about Dr. Paul Farmer and the esteemed global health organization Partners In Health.



The Subjects

Jamie Berard

Design Manager Specialist, LEGO® Creator Expert, the LEGO Group

From LEGO fan to LEGO Designer, Jamie Berard has been designing ultimate products for LEGO fans for over 9 years now.  His background in the LEGO community has given him a unique perspective on what keeps adults and super-fans connected with the LEGO brand.  He has worked mostly on LEGO Creator 3 in 1 and LEGO Creator Expert models. His role as a specialist means that he not only manages the design side of LEGO Creator Expert but also continues to build with LEGO bricks.  Some of his most recent creations include the nearly 3,000 brick LEGO Sydney Opera House and the LEGO Detective’s Office.

Jamie Berard has a degree in English from Merrimack College, North Andover in Massachusetts, USA.  Jamie has previous experience as an Apprentice Carpenter, Surveyor, Video Editor and Monorail Pilot for Walt Disney World.

2012 to date:          Design Manager Specialist, LEGO Creator Expert

2009 – 2012:          Senior Product Designer, LEGO Creator

2006 – 2009:          Product Designer, LEGO Creator

Jamie Berard was born just north of Boston, Massachusetts in 1975.  He currently resides in Billund, Denmark.  His partner of 3 ½ years lives in Copenhagen.



Dale Chasse

LEGO® Senior Project Manager in the 3D Model Shop at LEGO Systems, Inc.

Dale Chasse is a Senior Project Manager in the 3D Model Shop at LEGO Systems, Inc. in Enfield, CT.  In his current role, Chasse plays an integral role in the development of large-scale model production for special events and projects.

Chasse first began his LEGO career in 1991, when he joined the team responsible for designing and building the first ever LEGO brand retail store located in Minnesota’s Mall of America.  Since then, he has continued to evolve his expertise in expressing the LEGO brand through brick-built creations and events, working to execute memorable programs including building the world’s largest LEGO model, a LEGO Star Wars™ X-wing Fighter, in Times Square and the world’s second largest LEGO model, a 34-foot tall Robot, that currently resides atop the LEGO store at the Mall of America

Prior to joining LEGO Systems, Chasse designed and built custom homes in Connecticut.

He resides in Ellington, CT and enjoys spending time outdoors with his three children.



Stephen Pakbaz

CUUSPP Winner

Stephen Pakbaz is a Mechanical Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He has been a fan of LEGO and space exploration for as long as he can remember.  In high school, he would often use LEGO as a tool to design spacecraft and learn more about the Solar System.  The Curiosity rover, currently on Mars, was the first real spacecraft that he helped to design.  Naturally, he created a LEGO model of the rover to show his friends and family what he was working on.  This endeavor led to many opportunities to promote educational outreach and public support for space exploration, and ultimately, an official LEGO set of the Curiosity rover based on his design.  Through this experience, he learned that inspiring future engineers, just as I was inspired, is as important as space exploration itself.

Paul Chrzan

LEGO® Master Builder

Paul Chrzan is a Master Model Builder in the 3D Model Shop at LEGO Systems, Inc. in Enfield, CT, where his job is to design and build large-scale LEGO models and experiences.  Chrzan collaborates with the marketing and public relations teams, among others, to support business initiatives and enhance the consumer experience by providing meaningful opportunities to engage with the LEGO brand.

Chrzan joined LEGO Systems in 1988and has spent his entire LEGO career working in the 3D Model Shop, working on projects such as the development of exclusive models for fan events and the set design and model production for LEGO television commercials.  Additionally, Chrzan managed the team of model builders that designed and produced many of the LEGO models that appeared in the live action scenes of The LEGO® Movie™.

Prior to joining LEGO Systems, Chrzan worked as a firefighter in the Forest Service, and then became a pastry chef in West Hartford, CT.  Chrzan studied theater, design, and costume design for two years at Central Connecticut State University.

He resides in Huntington, MA and enjoys traveling and exploring new places around the world.



Nathan Sawaya

LEGO Artist

Nathan Sawaya is an award-winning artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His global touring exhibitions, THE ART OF THE BRICK, feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks to be exact. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful.

Previously a NYC corporate lawyer, Sawaya is the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and is the author of two bestselling books. His unique exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on LEGO as an art medium and has broken attendance records around the globe. The creations, constructed from countless individual LEGO pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.

Sawaya is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, recognizing his artwork and cultural achievements.  In 2014, with the belief that "art is not optional," Sawaya founded The Art Revolution Foundation for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and our homes. He has been a speaker at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo! and at the Clinton Library.  Nathan Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe inspiring and ground breaking ways. His art consists of playing with the material, color, movement, light and perspective.



Alice Finch

AFOL/Rivendale Builder and Winner

Alice Finch is a maker who has chosen LEGO as her medium. As she spent time in the LEGO room with her two young sons, she realized that building with bricks isn't just for little kids- it is creative, inspiring, and incredibly fun for big kids too. Her first model was the Great Hall from Hogwarts, which grew into a 400,000 brick creation of the entire castle, Quidditch Pitch and all. She continues to build with her sons, collaborate with other builders, and to make ridiculously huge models out of little plastic bricks.

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