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Batkid documentary to show Jan. 24.
Story of Miles Scott’s wish reaches far beyond his Tulelake home
  By LEE JUILLERAT, Herald and News 1/13/15
  Courtesy image

     The movie isn’t out yet, but the campaign has begun.

   “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World,” a documentary film about Miles Scott and his day as Batkid, will have its world premiere Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

   A poster for the documentary film is about Miles, the son of Nick and Natalie Scott of Tulelake, was created by famed movie poster artist, Drew Struzan, who came out of retirement to draw the movie poster. “Batkid Begins” producer Liza Meak said Struzan’s artwork has been featured in more than 150 movies, including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series.

   “Not only was he kind enough to create our poster, but he did it pro bono,” Meak said. “We feel so fortunate   and blessed. I really feel like Drew captured Batkid and Miles.”

   The poster features Miles in his Batkid outfit with a raised arm and winning smile.

   Miles captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of people in November 2013, when his Make-A-Wish day expanded into an event that was celebrated internationally. Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, wished to be Batman.
  On Nov. 15, 2013, San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City. More than 25,000 lined the streets of the city as Miles, working side-by-side with Batman, helped rescue a maiden tied to a cable car track, thwarted a bank robbery and saved Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants mascot. The celebration was capped with a massive rally at the San Francisco City Hall.

   Estimates indicate nearly two billion watched the events that day and over the next year on the Internet. Batkid’s story was reported on the front pages of newspapers nationwide and internationally, and the story was featured on national and international newscasts.

   Meak said the film, directed by Dana Nachman, will be shown twice at Slamdance, Jan. 24 and 27, and then be featured at a series of film festivals in hopes of attracting interest from a distributor wanting to buy and promote “Batkid Begins.”





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