Brett Culp kick-starts his Batman inspired not-for-profit documentary, Legends of the Knight. Culp features interviews from everyone’s favorite industry Bat-fans, and powerful everyday people that use their enthusiasm to be active in their communities and overcome extreme hardship.
Project: Legends of the Knight
Days to Go: 29
The low-down: The character has been a moral compass for me ever since I was old enough to know right and wrong. Obviously, I’m not the only one to feel this way.
Over the past year, Culp and his team have filmed stories in 12 cities, recording 48 interviews. They captured the stories of individuals whose love of the Dark Knight has inspired them to overcome devastating obstacles, to motivate and encourage young people, and to contribute to their communities.
The project video tugs on the heart strings. It starts off with a mother that’s getting emotional just by describing the day her son was diagnosed with leukemia. She believes little Bat-Mite’s passion and belief for the character helped him overcome the serious illness.
I’m really excited to see interviews and insights from those that have created some of the most historic Batman stories and people who have used the spirit of the character to do great things:
We have been privileged to capture many incredible personal stories. Check out our Trailer to catch a small glimpse of what we have filmed so far.
- Michael Uslan – executive producer of “Batman”, “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, & “The Dark Knight Rises”
- Denny O’Neil – legendary Batman writer & editor
- Jill Pantozzi – superhero journalist with the spirit of the Caped Crusader
- Lenny B Robinson – visits children’s hospitals around the country as Batman
- Rabbi Cary Friedman – author, “Wisdom from the Batcave”
- Kye Sapp – fought through leukemia at age 5 with the strength of Batman
- Dr. Travis Langley – author, “Batman & Psychology”; teacher of university course in psychology called “Batman”
- Gotham Chopra – co-author, “Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes”; son of best-selling author Deepak Chopra
- Brian Elliott – raises funds for humanitarian projects by running marathons in a Batman outfit
- Patrick O’Connor – uses Batman comic books in therapy
If this project is anything like the indiegogo project (to raise funds for travel and filming) that collected 27K, then $31,850 Kickstarter goal should be no sweat. Incentives include: $10 digital downloads, $25 dvd and $50 BluRay, $100 thank you credit, $250 gets your artwork in the film, and $2,500 gets you to a private screening + private dinner party or Culp will visit your school or local theater.
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Henry Barajas is the co-creator, writer and letterer for El Loco and Captain Unikorn. He has also written and lettered short stories for two successful Kickstarter SpazDog Press projects: Unite and Take Over: Stories inspired by The Smiths and Break The Walls: Comic Stories inspired by The Pixies. He is the Newsroom Research Assistant for The Arizona Daily Star and was nominated for the Shel Dorf Blogger of the Year award for his work at The Beat. You can follow him on Twitter @HenryBarajas and Google+.