In development: “The Forest Eater”

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In pre-production on a new short film, “The Forest Eater”, about two loggers who enter the woods…and uncover a sinister, long forgotten secret.

I’m proud to announce the very talented and charming Macleod Andrews will be joining our cast as Ray Daniels, and the veteran pro Carl Chamberlain, who appeared in “The Device”, will be returning as Tommy. We are still looking to fill out a couple of other roles.

In addition to a festival run, our hope is to use this short as a springboard for funding a feature-length film. Check back for more casting and production news and photos.

UPDATE: We have filled two other roles, that of Jon and and the mysterious Mr. Kotodama. The superb talents of Evan Dumouchel (They Look Like People) and Joshua Thies round out this wonderful cast!

“Batkid Begins” wows the nation!

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What a wild ride it’s been with Team Batkid! In the last several months we have:

* had a simply AMAZING poster for our festival run illustrated by the one, the only, Drew Struzan, who’s film poster credits reads like a Top Ten list: Star Wars. Indiana Jones. Back To The Future. Blade Runner. Harry Potter. Speechless. We love you, Drew!

* sold the adaptation rights to Batkid and Patricia Wilson’s (Director of SF Make-A-Wish) story to Julia Roberts and a group of investors/producers

* premiered as the Opening Film at Slamdance (during Sundance’s festival)

* opened Cinequest in San Jose, winning their Audience Award

* won numerous awards at several high-profile festivals (Ashland, Omaha, and more)

* sold the documentary to Warner Brothers/New Line, who have been WONDERFUL to us!

* saw the film open in theaters nationwide June 26, 2015

* Rotten Tomatoes gives us an aggregate score of 81% critics/90% audience — and we’re certified fresh!

* film is still playing going into August

Drew Struzan’s beautiful-beyond-words poster:

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The theatrical release poster from Warner Brothers:

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I’m extremely humbled and flattered by the attention the film has received, and the reviews for the animation work. This has gone beyond my wildest expectations. It doesn’t get much better:

“​…there are a few flashes of innovative filmmaking at work as well. In one of “Batkid’s”​ most inspired sequences, animator Rob Simmons’​ comic book panels help illustrate the diagnosis and ordeal Miles and his parents, Nick and Natalie, endured during the illness he had been diagnosed with at just 18 months old.”​ San Jose Mercury News

“​…zippy comic book graphics”​ RogerEbert.com

“​…cogent graphic novel-style animation”​ The Hollywood Reporter

“​…inventive comic book animation”​ Fandango.com

“​…cheeringly superheroic comic-strip animation” GrouchoReviews.com

 

Wow. In a word, wow. And thank you, to everyone who has seen the film and had kind things to say about it. We love your support!