(June 30, 2015 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Pictures will expand the release of New Line Cinema’s critically acclaimed documentary “Batkid Begins,” the announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film, which chronicles the astounding worldwide response to a cancer-stricken child who wished to be Batman, just opened this past Friday in three markets: New York; Los Angeles; and San Francisco, where the Batkid event happened.
On July 10, the Studio will widen the distribution to Chicago; Toronto; Washington, DC; Boston; Philadelphia; Seattle; Denver; Dallas; and Minneapolis.
“Batkid Begins” originally premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and has since been applauded at film festivals across the country, winning Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Cinequest, Omaha, Dallas, Ashland, and Rincón International Film Festivals. It has also been an official selection at the Bentonville and Chicago Critics Film Festivals. Since the making of the documentary, the filmmakers have also celebrated the fact that the Batkid, Miles Scott, who will be seven years old in August, is in remission and living happily on his family farm with his parents, Nick and Natalie, and little brother, Clayton.
On one day, in one city, the world came together to grant one 5-year-old leukemia patient his wish. The documentary “Batkid Begins” looks at the “why” of this flash phenomenon. Why did the intense outpouring of spontaneous support for a child reverberate around the world and become one of the biggest good news stories ever? The film explores what happens when an event goes viral, and reveals surprising truths about what happens when a nerve is touched in our digital society. Will Make-A-Wish fulfill its mission to help Miles reclaim his childhood after battling disease for more than half his short life? In the end, the film leaves audiences to decide: did Miles need the world for inspiration? Or did the world need Miles?
Dana Nachman directed “Batkid Begins” and also produced the documentary with Liza Meak. The film was written by Nachman & Kurt Kuenne. Ian Reinhard & John Crane served as executive producers. Behind the scenes, the directors of photography were Don Hardy and Naomi Ture; the editor was Kurt Kuenne; and the lead animator was Rob Simmons. Dave Tweedie and Helen Jane Long composed the music.
New Line Cinema presents a KTF Films Production, a Dana Nachman film, “Batkid Begins.” The film will be distributed in limited release on June 26, 2015, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated PG for some mild thematic material.