A special screening of “Legends of the Knight,” a documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Brett Culp, will be held at the Historic Grove Theater on Sunday, and it will benefit a local nonprofit.
“Legends of the Knight” weaves together the uplifting true stories of individuals who have overcome devastating obstacles, unselfishly given to the community, and embraced their inner superhero because of their love of Batman, a press release said.
The screening starts at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the Grove Theater, which is at 123 Randolph Road. It will benefit Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, or ADFAC.
“Through the deeply personal tales of Batman fans, writers, and filmmakers, this feature-length documentary explores the power of heroic stories and encourages viewers to find the own unique path to heroism,” the press release said. “The documentary portrays the uplifting true stories of individuals who were inspired to become real-life heroes by their childhood love of Batman and the power they had to affect change in spite of their personal, emotional, or physical obstacles.”
“When I learned that this documentary was funded by over 1,100 people from around the world and that Mr. Culp strongly desired to use his film to inspire communities, I was also inspired,” said local organizer David Allred, who is the lead pastor at High Places Community Church.
“Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties was where my mind went first. They do much for our community’s most marginalized individuals. They are truly heroic in so many ways, I wanted support their mission and raise awareness of the good work they do every day.” Allred stated.
The benefit screening will be held on a donation basis, with a $5 suggested donation for all participants and special door prizes for higher donations, many of these items from Allred’s personal collection of superhero memorabilia, including bagged and boarded comic books for donations of more than $10. Donations over $50 will be entered into a drawing for really great items, including a limited edition Batman statue, an autographed copy of Brad Meltzer’s “Heroes for My Daughter,” and many other items.
The all-ages screening of “Legends of the Knight” will conclude at approximately 5:30p.m. with a superhero-themed costume and T-shirt contest for children with even more prizes.
“Human beings have always been stirred to greatness by the tales of heroes,” Culp said in a press release for the Legends documentary. “We connect with Batman because he is the super hero with no super powers. Just as he has committed himself to making the world better, we can dedicate ourselves to a noble cause and do something great.”
Allred, a life-long comic fan, believes people need inspiring stories now more than ever and will deliver a message for High Places Church on Sunday morning that comes from a particular comic book page read in his childhood that he says pointed him to a career in the ministry.
“A big reason why I was drawn to this incredible film was the way Brett captures the hope in these vignettes of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things,” Allred said. “He delivers a powerhouse reminder of how great storytelling inspires us to be heroic ourselves. The sentiment alone is worth sharing, but coupled with an opportunity to be personally heroic and support the heroes at ADFAC makes the day even more sweet.”
To view the film trailer, visit www.wearebatman.com.
For more information on the screening, contact Allred at [email protected] or call (865) 425-0501.