But he needs our help
Do you remember what you were doing on November 15, 2013, the day San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham city to help make a kids wish come true?
That boy was Miles Scott, a 5 year old from Northern California. He had just finished his last treatments for Leukemia and had a dream like most young boys. Miles wanted to be a superhero.
And while that dream may not seem very out of the ordinary, the way the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish foundation granted it was nothing short of extraordinary.
With the help of the city of San Francisco, they turned his dream into reality. Miles spent an entire day training as Batkid, riding in the Batmobile, rescuing a damsel in distress, and stopping a bank robbery. Miles was even given the key to city.
The story spread like wildfire as thousands of onlookers arrived on scene, posters and smart phone in hand. Before the day was over, more than a BILLION people (including President Obama and astronauts from the International Space Station!) took to social media to cheer on Batkid!
We were right there with them, tweeting away.
My son became consumed with the story eager to see what Miles, a boy his same age, would do next. I began flipping interesting photos, tweets, videos, and articles into a Flipboard Magazine for him.
Before the day was over, there were more than 9,000 people reading our magazine as fast as I could populate it! We weren’t the only ones entranced by the magic of it, in all, the #SFBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 billion people on Twitter and Instagram.
Batkid Begins … the story continues.
The outpouring of emotions was more than anyone could have expected. Miles was the hero we all needed and the story touched us in away we don’t feel nearly often enough.
There’s a group of filmmakers hoping to make the story of Batkid live on forever with a movie, Batkid Begins. To make the film 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.
The spirit of goodwill this young boy inspired continues, here’s a trailer to give you a glimpse of what the movie Batkid Begins will be like.
And while all the members are working at reduced rates, we know how expensive it is to make a movie. They’ve submitted the project to Indiegogo and are more than halfway to their goal of raising funds for the film!
With your donations, you can reap some really awesome Indiegogo rewards like seeing your name in the film credits, an HD digital copy of the film when it comes out, 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 Batkid Begins documentary will benefit San Francisco charities. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants more than 300 wishes annually to children who have battled a life-threatening illness.
Can’t get enough of Batkid? Lend your support and learn more about the exciting new Batkid Begins documentary here.“
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.