Documentarians Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb latest film, ‘Butterfly in the Sky’ – Interview

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Documentarians Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb latest film, ‘Butterfly in the Sky‘ is a Gen X treasure but you don’t have to take my word for it.

For 26 seasons, ‘Reading Rainbow‘ captivated young audiences, transporting them to enchanting literary realms from the comfort of their homes while taking them on international adventures.

Documentarians Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb latest film, ‘Butterfly in the Sky‘, offers an inspiring and nostalgic journey, peeling back the curtain on this cherished PBS children’s series and its charismatic host, LeVar Burton. Delving into the triumphs and trials faced by Burton and the show’s creators in instilling a passion for reading through television, the documentary offers a captivating exploration of the program’s enduring legacy.

LeVar Burton during the ‘Butterfly in the Sky’ Documentary interview at the LA Public Library.

Scheduled for a Limited Theatrical Release beginning March 17th at select AMC Theatres, followed by a wider rollout in New York and additional cities, the film’s distribution is masterminded by Mia Bruno of Fourth Act Film. FIFTH SEASON has secured the Digital and International Rights, ensuring availability on TVOD platforms like iTunes and Amazon starting April 30th. Educational rights are managed by ROCO Films, making the documentary accessible to classrooms, libraries, and educators this April.

Presented by XTR and produced by Sidestilt Films and Window Pictures, the documentary boasts a stellar lineup of talent including Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg, along with a team of dedicated producers and crew. Featuring insights from luminaries like Jason Reynolds and appearances by key figures from Reading Rainbow’s illustrious history, including its co-creators and staff, Butterfly in the Sky promises an intimate and enlightening exploration of the show’s impact.

The filmmakers’ previous work on the acclaimed ‘GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling‘, documentary, screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, led to enduring friendships with several of the Original GLOW Girls. GLOW is currently available on VOD and iTunes, with a physical release forthcoming. The joy of interviewing directors Thomason and Whitcomb, based on their past projects and their involvement in ‘Butterfly in the Sky‘, underscores the depth and richness of their storytelling.

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