Batkid steals our hearts again—this time in Dana Nachman's documentary "Batkid Begins."
It wasn't long ago when then-5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia survivor, brought tears to our eyes as he became a social media hero better known as #SFBatKid. The little boy had only one wish—to be a real-life Batman.
"Batkid Begins" follows the inspirational story that led to that unforgettable day. On November 15, 2013, Make-A-Wish transformed San Francisco into Gotham City and granted Miles the wish of a lifetime. With more than 25,000 fans cheering him on locally, his presence on social media reached over 1.84 billion people with the hashtags #SFBatKid and #BatKid. Even President Obama himself tweeted and shared an encouraging message on Vine as Batkid took to the streets to save the day.
The documentary, which will make its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 24, shows a behind-the-scenes look at what was involved to pull off his dream day. The film also shows how one small idea from Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish, turned into worldwide support for the Batkid. It also shows the vast number of volunteers who dedicated their time to give Scott a day he'll never forget.
Filmmaker and mom of three, Nachman was one of the many inspired by Scott's story and led to her crowdsourcing funds to make the documentary possible.
"My three kids had been badgering me about my films," Nachman said in a statement about the movie. "Why couldn't I make a film that they would like (thanks for that,) maybe even one that they could help make? So, while running one morning, I started daydreaming about Batkid—my kids would definitely be into a film about the whole world playing make believe for a day."
"Batkid Begins" offers audiences insight into how Scott got his costume, his own personalized bat call, as well as the logistics of securing the participation of the San Francisco mayor and police chief, and of shutting down city streets. The film also sheds light on the adorable moments of Scott with his parents and younger brother, and how he became a hero to people worldwide.