If epic was not used to describe the day that San Francisco transformed into Gotham City then I wouldn't know how else to describe it. Nearly nine months ago—on November 13, 2013—a child’s fantasy wish became a reality witnessed by people around the globe. Tens of thousands of San Franciscans stormed the streets to catch a glimpse of the Batkid in action. Nearly two billion more—that’s right with a “b”—participated via social media sites Twitter and Instagram.
Why did this phenomenon happen? Director and writer, Dana Nachman, wants to introduce the world to the behind-the-scenes story of Miles Scott AKA Batkid.
Batkid Begins is a documentary about the day 5-year-old Miles Scott who captivated audiences everywhere. Miles was diagnosed with leukemia over two-and-a-half years ago. He lives with his parents, Nick and Natalie Scott, on a farm in Tulelake, California. Batman has always been an influence in Miles’ life so when he wished to become him for a day, Make-A-Wish America got creative.
Nachman’s Indiegogo campaign for this documentary has raised about 76% of its $100,000 goal and needs your help to make this a reality. There are plenty of perks at all donation levels. With a pledge of $15 you will receive the digital download of the movie and soundtrack, both in HD. At $25 dollars you can have your name in the credits. Other perks include the Gotham City Chronicle, Batkid paraphernalia, a Batkid drawing (by Miles himself), and even a ride in the Batkid Lamborghini. Also Batkid’s theme song for this documentary (and soundtrack) was composed by Hans Zimmer, who composed music for The Dark Knight and most recently 12 Years a Slave.
I had the privilege of chatting with Ms. Nachman about this documentary the other day. This is a production that is quite different from her past work in that most documentaries take three to five years to produce, but this film will be completed in about one. She explained that the goal of this film is to bring back the childlike-innocence and sense of wonder that permeated on that day in November and have it live on. People came together in an incredible way and that outpouring of goodness will be highlighted in Ms. Nachman’s film. Her children are especially excited for this film since it will be one to which they too can relate.
I am thoroughly excited for the POP factor of this documentary--Long live Batkid!
Batkid Begins Indiegogo Campaign
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