Butterfly in the Sky Documentary for Reading Rainbow Series

By 3/06/2024 03:34:00 PM

Feature documentary "Butterfly in the Sky", which tells the story of the PBS Children’s series "Reading Rainbow", will have limited theatrical release starting March 17th in select AMC Theatres, followed by additional cities and a digital release.

Butterfly in the Sky Documentary about Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton

Directors Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb premiered "Butterfly in the Sky" at the Tribeca Film Festival and it went on to screen at dozens of festivals, winning fourteen awards in total.

"Thomason and Whitcomb are terrific storytellers," said LeVar Burton. "To take a look at Reading Rainbow through their lens and share this story with audiences everywhere is very special. I hope audiences walk away with the same warm, fuzzy feeling I did when I watched this documentary for the first time.

Inspiring and nostalgic, Butterfly in the Sky takes audiences behind the scenes of this PBS children’s series and tells the story of its iconic host LeVar Burton, giving an inside look at the challenges he and the show's creators faced in cultivating a love of reading through television.

Featuring LeVar Burton, (Reading Rainbow Host), Whoopi Goldberg (Guest Star), Jason Reynolds (Former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature), Twila Liggett (Reading Rainbow Co-creator), Larry Lancit & Cecily Truett Lancit (Reading Rainbow Co-Creators), Tony Buttino (Reading Rainbow Co-creator), Steve Horelick (Reading Rainbow Composer), Ed & Orly Wiseman (Reading Rainbow Director / Producer) and also staff who worked on Reading Rainbow and kids who were featured on the show during the it’s illustrious 26-year run.

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Reading Rainbow Legacy

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For 26 seasons, Reading Rainbow met young viewers in their living rooms, whisking them away on far-off adventures into the boundless world of books.

“Reading Rainbow” featured a host of incredible guest stars over the decades from Maya Angelou, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Bridges and James Earl Jones, and sparked a love of storytelling for a generation.

Reliving the show’s legacy is a refreshing return to the written page.

Limited Release

The film’s release includes a Limited Theatrical Release Starting March 17th in Select AMC Theatres, followed by a full run in New York and Additional Cities, facilitated by Mia Bruno of Fourth Act Film.

The Digital Rights and International Rights have been acquired by FIFTH SEASON, and the film will be available on TVOD (including iTunes & Amazon) starting April 30th.

ROCO Films is handling educational rights, and is making the film available for classrooms, libraries and educators this April.

The film is Presented by XTR and is a Production of Sidestilt Films and Window Pictures.
Produced by Bryan Storkel and Executive Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis, Bryn Mooser, Justin Lacob, Kathryn Everett, Andy Hsieh, Tony Hsieh, Raymond Esposito, John Brooks Pounders and Dava Whisenant.
Edited by Bradford Thomason. Cinematography by Tony Hardmon & Brett Whitcomb.
Original Reading Rainbow Music by Steve Horelick, Original Music by The Octopus Project.

Learn more, visit - www.window-pictures.com/butteflyinthesky

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