'Legends of the Knight' Documentary Encourages Charity and Heroics from its Audience
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Batman in Our Culture
Superheroes are a huge part of our culture these days. Children and adults all over the world wear superhero clothes, buy the toys and merchandise, read the comics, and flock to the movies on opening weekend. Batman, in particular, is one of the most beloved heroes out there. For 75 years, his story has inspired fans all over the world. Aside from bringing pure enjoyment and entertainment, though, have Batman’s moral values rubbed off? Filmmaker Brett Culp has sought out to prove that they have in his new documentary, Legends of the Knight.
Legends of the Knight sets out to show how people have used the character of Batman to bring out the superhero in themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world around them. Some stories include interviews with Batman creators, filmmakers, writers, and fans (both young and old) diagnosed with health conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy and leukemia. These people have penned inspirational books, aided in efforts to improve their community, and simply inspired the people around them to bring out the best in themselves. Everyone in the film shares a love of Batman and the desire to use the Batman story to become better people and live in a more peaceful world. With a running time of 76 minutes and no graphic violence or language, the content is meant to draw in audiences of almost any age.
In keeping with the spirit of the film, Culp has chosen a unique way to market its distribution. The proceeds of all screenings go to charity, and the fans choose the cities where the movie is screened by going to Tugg.com. If enough tickets are pre-sold within the seven day time frame, the screening is scheduled, and the fans choose the charity that the proceeds for that screening would support. To date, over 100 screenings have taken place, and over 60 charities have benefited from them.
Culp has set up a website at www.wearebatman.com to request screenings, read reviews of the film and learn about the people highlighted in the film. Blurays, DVD’s and other merchandise can be purchased, and donations can be made to help fund further inspirational films.
Sending a Message
It’s refreshing to see a film seek to make a difference and practice what it preaches in its message. Hopefully, those walking around with their Batman shirts will remember why they love Batman and aspire to be as inspirational and charitable in their own lives as The Dark Knight has been in their lives.