Dana Nachman

Batkid Begins

Kurt Kuenne‘s best-known film is Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, which is famous for being possibly the most gut-wrenching documentary of all time. He made a lot of people weep with devastation with that one, and now he’s got a new doc that will have you crying happy tears instead. Kuenne is not the director of Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World – that would be Dana Nachman – but his hand in its making, as co-writer and editor, is definitely significant. And that’s good for him, as it kind of balances out his earlier film’s heartbreaking story with one that’s extremely heartwarming. In case you were living under a rock back in November 2013, “Batkid” was a five-year-old boy who became a worldwide phenomenon when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his desire to be the Caped Crusader, and more than 10,000 people helped to turn San Francisco into “Gotham City by the Bay” for a staged crime-fighting event. Not only were streets shut down so that the little leukemia survivor could pretend to accompany the “real” Batman and help to thwart the Penguin and the Riddler and save a damsel in distress, but the costumed kid, whose real name is Miles Scott, also received the key to the city from Mayor Ed Lee and a personal message from President Obama. READ MORE AT NONFICS

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Batkid Begins

Do you remember Batkid? He won our hearts in the fall of 2013 when the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted the five-year-old leukemia survivor his dream of being a costumed crusader for a day. San Francisco became Gotham City, and Miles Scott became “Batkid” while thousands of people, including the mayor and President Obama, helped him to become a hero through staged crime scenarios involving the Penguin and the Riddler and a ceremony where he received the key to the city. Now there’s a crowdfunded documentary about him and his special day called Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, and it’s premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival this weekend. On top of that, the production company Submarine has just announced that the documentary will be remade by none other than Julia Roberts. She will produce and star in the dramatic version — not playing the title character, of course (although that’d be sure to get her an Oscar nomination if she pulled it off somehow). Dana Nachman, director of the documentary, will get an executive producer credit on the redo, which will be part of a new banner strictly set up for remakes called Sub/Version. Meanwhile, the doc, which was co-written and produced by Dear Zachary director Kurt Kuenne and features Hans Zimmer and , remains without a distribution deal.

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experiment

What’s the reason humanity has become so plagued with diseases and mental disorders that historically have not existed over the course of the last fifty years or so? A new documentary from producer Sean Penn and directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy called The Human Experiment theorizes that it’s all of the chemicals that have been introduced into our food and our environment by greedy corporations and ever expanding industry. Okay, so this documentary doesn’t so much theorize this as it fervently believes it and aggressively calls its viewer to take action against the corporations who are operating with little or no regulations and certainly without any sense of morality or restraint. This is probably the movie most concerned with chemicals since The Bourne Legacy. Take a look at the trailer, provided by THR, and decide if this is an issue you can get behind.

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published: 01.27.2015
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