Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 81 minutes

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
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Miles Scott, like many five-year-olds, dreams of being a superhero – Batman, in particular. But Miles may share more with the Caped Crusader than the average kid. At 18 months old, Miles was diagnosed with leukemia, and he has been fearlessly fighting the disease ever since. When the Make-a-Wish Foundation asked Miles what would make him happiest, he naturally requested one thing: to be a real Batman. While Miles’s parents had doubts about being able to grant his wish, Patricia Wilson, an Executive Director at Make-a-Wish, did not shy away from the task. With the generous help of an acrobat, television newscasters, the chief of police, the mayor, and even composer Hans Zimmer, among numerous others, Patricia successfully transformed San Francisco into Gotham City and Miles into crime-fighting “Batkid” on November 15, 2013. Dana Nachman’s BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD documents the incredible story of how thousands of people worked together to make one kid’s wish come true and created a global social media phenomenon in the process. – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:15 PM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Sidebar
Family Films

Competitions
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Dana Nachman

New York-native Dana Nachman, who currently resides in Northern California, has been the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards, for her documentaries. She teaches journalism at Stanford University and is the co-founder of KTF Films.

Filmography
"Witchhunt" (2008), "Love Hate Love" (2011), "The Human Experiment" (2013) – 38th CIFF, BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD (2015)

Producers
Liza Meak, Dana Nachman

Screenwriting
Dana Nachman, Kurt Kuenne

Cinematography
Don Hardy, Jr.

Editing
Kurt Kuenne

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