Batkid Begins

2015, Color, 87 minutes, HD

Edited and Sound Designed by Kurt Kuenne
Written by Dana Nachman & Kurt Kuenne
Directed by Dana Nachman

Available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu

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Winner of 5 Audience Awards

“I once again found myself crying at the end of a Kurt Kuenne movie, but this time it was a good cry.  A proud cry.
The kind of cry we should all experience more often.” – Erik Davis,

“The ultimate feel-good story.  Though it is easy to contrast ‘Batkid Begins’ with ‘Dear Zachary’ – tears of heartache are replaced with tears of joy – both films are about coming out of the other side of tragedy with a positive outlook for the future and rewarding the often thankless task
of being a great parent.” – Erik Childress,

“‘Batkid’ is no syrupy valentine to the angels of our better natures.  It shows our better natures.  We can see them right there on the silver screen…it won’t change our world.  But it could change us.  Then we can improve the world.  Batman would like that.” – Dann Gire, Chicago Daily Herald


One child. One wish. Millions touched. Who would have thought a 5-year-old boy who fought leukemia would transform a city and a nation for a day? No one. Not his family. Not his friends. Not the thousands of volunteers who came from near and far to help make his wish come true. But it did.

Batkid Begins is a documentary that takes you back to November 15th, 2013, the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City, and the day the internet was nice. More than a billion people took to social media to cheer on BatKid, even President Obama! In all, the #SfBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 Billion people on Twitter and Instagram. This wish and this little caped crusader resonated with so many people, including us, and we wanted to find out why.

Theatrical Trailer

Festivals and Awards

  • Slamdance Film Festival
  • Cinequest Film Festival – Opening Night Film – Winner, Audience Award
  • Omaha Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Port Townsend Women in Film Festival
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award
  • Dallas Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award
  • Rincon International Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival – Schools at the Festival Program
  • Chicago Critics Film Festival
  • SF Doc Fest
  • Bentonville Film Festival
  • Portland Film Festival – Closing Night Film
  • Winner, CINE Golden Eagle, Best Independent Feature Documentary