Documentary shows how Batman inspires those who are ill

Friday , April 18, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Morgan Briesmaster, Standard-Examiner staff

For one night and one night only, Batman will pay a visit to Gotham city, a.k.a. Centerville.

On April 21, join Team Griffin and the Mascot Miracles Foundation for a special one night screening of "Legends of the Knight".

It's a 2014 documentary about people who have used Batman as inspiration to overcome illnesses and other hardships in life.

"I wanted to create a film about the power of heroic storytelling, how we are inspired and changed by the stories we grow up with," said director Brett Culp. "Batman has been in the public consciousness for 75 years and he was a perfect fictional character for showing how a hero can impact us."

Culp's first priority was to create a film that would help individuals and communities. Proceeds from screenings go to the requesting individual's charity of choice. There are now more than 75 screenings scheduled or completed around the U.S.

"We were overjoyed to find that by contributing the revenues from theatrical screenings to local charities people from around the U.S. were inspired to join us and work together to make these screenings happen," Culp said.

Among those inspired were Robert Garder and Travis Shaw, friends from Ogden. After listening to a Culp podcast, Garder knew he needed to request a screening.

"I've always tried to help people when I could and it just seemed like a good thing to do," Garder said. "The movie trailer just blew me away and there was no way I wasn't gonna try to do everything in my power to bring the movie here."

This event is just one of many they have done to raise money for charities.

"I have helped Travis on a couple other charity events for his 18-month-old son, Griffin, who is a two-time cancer survivor. He inspires us all to bring children's cancer awareness to everyone's attention," Garder said.

This screening will benefit the Mascot Miracles Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to grant wishes for serious to terminally ill children.

The Dark Knight himself as well as Felix the Falcon and mascot superheros, like the Jazz Bear, will be joining. It is not required, but highly recommended attendees dress up as Batman or a favorite super hero.

"We brought it to Centerville because we thought it would be between Ogden and Salt Lake so it would be easy for people from both cities to attend," said Garder, of Ogden. "We have 117 tickets sold and only 126 left. It'll be a great family night."

Mascot Miracles Foundation merchandise will be available for purchase and a raffle with prizes will be held to benefit two cancer heroes in attendance.

"We all have the ability to overcome tragedy and pain, and use these challenging moments as the motivation to do something good in the world," Culp said. "I hope the film will inspire people of all ages to demonstrate the Batman spirit in their own lives, in their families, and in their communities."

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster.

PREVIEW

  • WHAT: 'Legends of the Knight' screening
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. April 21
  • WHERE: Megaplex Theater, 1075 W Legacy Crossing Boulevard, Centerville
  • TICKETS: $11, www.tugg.com/events/8692. Information, visit www.wearebatman.com

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