I’ve decided to start a new series here on Living Better Together to talk about something that Matt and I are both very passionate about, Film, more specifically, Indie Films. So I’ll be doing Indie Film Friday at least every other Friday, I’ll be sharing an Indie Film with you! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a while now and when I got the opportunity to interview Independent Filmmaker, Dana Nachman of KTF Films, I knew it would be the perfect way to kick off this new series here on the blog!
So you’re probably wondering… “What Movie are you sharing with us today?” Do you recall the name Miles Scott? You probably know him as Batkid. Miles is a 5-year-old boy who battled and beat Leukemia. When the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area (who grants more than 300 wishes annually) asked what his wish was… it was to be BATKID! Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area decided to outdo themselves on Miles’ wish, they would turn San Francisco into Gotham City for a day, they needed 200 volunteers to make his wish come true. They ended up with tens of thousands who united to make November 15, 2013 a day Miles and The City by the Bay will never forget! With the help of Batman, Batkid took out The Penguin and The Riddler and saved the city! Batkid captivated 26% of the world , THE WORLD and the Internal Space Station, through social media with #SFBatkid and #Batkid. Even President Obama sent him a Vine! Clearly, he’s WAY cooler than Batman!
Nachman will be taking us behind the scenes of Batkid’s heroic acts in the documentary film Batkid Begins due to be released in 2015!
Of the 1.84 billion hearts that Miles Scott captured on November 15, 2013, Dana Nachman’s was not one of them. Dana had completely missed the social media frenzy and it wasn’t until she overheard her coworkers conversations that she first heard of the Batkid. She began looking it up and the more she learned, the more bummed out she was that she had missed this amazing day that happened right in her backyard. But even with the villains behind bars and the city safe again, Nachman knew there was still more work to do. As a filmmaker who usually focuses on dark pieces, her young children had been pestering her to make a kid friendly film. Nachman knew that this was that opportunity, to direct something kid friendly, to preserve a social media phenomenon and bring this day to life once again on the big screen for the whole world to see!
Nachman has been working with John Crane, who was in charge of capturing footage the day of the event for the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay area. Crane is now the Executive Producer on the film and the two have been working closely with many other volunteers to create this film. Nachman describes the film as a 3 act play. Part 1 is Miles story and the background behind his wish, part 2 talks about how this wish blew out of control, and part 3 covers the day of.
I myself followed Batkid via Twitter, for those who know me… that’s a big deal… Twitter and I are not the best of friends. I remember reading an article about Batkid weeks in advance and telling my geeky husband about it. We were both pretty excited to follow Batkid on his path to justice. Those who know us personally, and maybe many of you have picked up on it here on the blog, know that we’re a couple of geeks. Not a day goes by that something superhero related isn’t discussed in this house. I think the reason we were so drawn to Batkid and his story was because super heroes, volunteering, and film are a part of who we are and what so much of our relationship is based on. And with Miles being such a cute kid, well… my mascara didn’t stand a chance!
My conversation with Nachman was so easy, it was like she was an old friend. When someone is as passionate about something as she is about this story and this film, it’s infectious. She seems so excited to be able to make this film and “work with the coolest people on the planet”. She said that “… there’s an undercurrent of positivity” surrounding the project, and that the end goal is a piece that will allow people to “relive the day and forget about everything else”. She stated how “unbelievable” this whole thing was, “like magic”.
She describes Miles as really cute, a really special kid that’s self assured with a clear vision. When I asked her what he thought about the whole day now that he was over she said “To him, Christian Bale and the others aren’t the real Batman, Eric Johnston, the inventor who played Batman with Batkid is the REAL Batman, he believes everything that happened that day was real.” And in a way, I think it was.
Can’t get enough of Batkid? Lend your support and learn more about the exciting new Batkid Begins documentary here.“
To make Batkid Begins worthy of its superhero namesake, KTF Films is teaming up with big-name musicians, animators, and visual effects professionals, all working at reduced rates in the name of Batkid, and bringing the post-production price tag to $100,000. Awesome Indiegogo rewards for the ultimate Batkid fan include your name in the film credits, HD digital copy of the film, Batkid swag (capes, mugs, t-shirts and more!), an original print of one of Batkid’s artistic drawings, tickets to the San Francisco screening of the film with cast & crew, or even a private home screening for you and 20 friends! The IndieGogo campaign will end on August 19, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. All proceeds from the film will support San Francisco charities.
Nachman is super excited for her first Comic-Con this weekend! She’s hoping that it will help get people excited about the film! Are you going? You’ll definitely want to check out this panel!
Batkid Comic-Con Panel (San Diego) – July 27, 2014 at 10:30am PT
Dana Nachman (documentary filmmaker, KTF Films) unveils her latest project Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and mastermind behind Batkid), Eric Johnston (Batkid’s adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid’s nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and VP of operations, Oracle). The panel will be moderated by Chris Taylor (deputy editor, Mashable).
Batkid Begins not only covers the day in Gotham, but it dives deep into why this story resonated with so many people all over the world. How was it that this child’s wish moved so many, was it because of how cute Miles Scott is, was it because of the amazing outpouring of support?
“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders, to let him know the world hadn’t ended.” -Batman, The Dark Knight Rises
Or maybe Miles and Make-A-Wish Greater bay Area simply put a coat around our shoulders for a day to remind us that there is still good in this world.
Did you follow Batkid the day of, or is this the first time you’ve heard about it?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.