Oh my goodness. This would have been my dream! When I was in high school I got to visit the Make-A-Wish foundation in our area and so naturally I started wondering what my wish would be. As a movie lover I know I would have wished for something along the lines of being in a movie or being on a real movie set. I can’t even imagine how excited this little kid must have been to have this experience!! My heart is thumping out of my chest just watching him get to live it!
If you haven’t yet caught the Batkid fever or have no clue what I’m talking about, here’s the story:
On November 15, 2013, San Francisco was transformed into “Gotham City” for 5-year-old Miles Scott, who had fought leukemia (and won!). Miles had made a wish with the Make-A-Wish foundation in the Greater Bay Area to be Batkid. Thousands of volunteers came together and tranformed the city into an experience he and they will never forget! More than a billion people (including President Obama and astronauts from the International Space Station) took to social media to cheer on Batkid! In all, the #SFBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 billion people on Twitter and Instagram.
The Batkid craze has become so huge they are even making a documentary about it. Batkid Begins is directed by independent filmmaker Dana Nachman, which tells the story of Miles Scott’s wish and why it resonated with so many people around the world. Batkid Begins focuses on the “why” and the “how” of this amazing event. Why were so many people moved to make one little boy’s wish come true. And how did Make-A-Wish pull it off? All proceeds from the Batkid Begins documentary will benefit San Francisco charities such as the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area foundation which grants more than 300 wishes annually to children who have battled a life-threatening illness.
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. The IndieGogo campaign will end on August 19, 2014 at 11:59pm PT so you only have a little bit more time to show your support.
There is something empowering about helping another human rise above negativity and fear. I frequently find myself day dreaming about how I would have felt if this had happened to me as a kid (or now, I’d take either), which is why I think the Make-A-Wish foundation is so fantastic. It gives children who are going through an enormous amount of fear, pain, and heartache, a chance to experience something extraordinary.
I think the reason so many people were willing to jump on board with this wish is because they saw themselves as Miles. We all have moments of fear, pain, and heartache and need a little hope. When you see that struggle in others you are filled with love, and it is even stronger when you see that in a child. I believe that love is the most powerful emotion of all and we could all use a little more of it in our lives. That is why I totally support this documentary, and want to give a special shout out to Miles and his family for enduring so much so that they could spread a little bit more love to the world!