AMC Theaters to Release ‘Reading Rainbow’ Doc, ‘Butterfly within the Sky’


AMC Theaters and Fifth Season are teaming as much as launch Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb’s characteristic documentary “Butterfly in the Sky,” concerning the beloved 1980’s PBS youngsters’s collection “Reading Rainbow.”

The movie, which premiered on the Tribeca Film Festival in 2023, takes audiences behind the scenes of the kids’s collection and tells the story of the present’s creators, who believed the small display screen may encourage a love of studying. The docu additionally spotlights the present’s host LeVar Burton and provides an inside take a look at the challenges he and the present’s creators confronted in cultivating a love of studying by means of tv.

The doc, produced by XTR, may have a restricted theatrical launch starting on March 17 in choose AMC theaters adopted by a full run in New York and extra cities. The movie’s digital and worldwide rights have been acquired by Fifth Season. The doc shall be obtainable to observe through VOD (together with iTunes and Amazon) beginning on April 30.

“Having both grown up in Texas, ‘Reading Rainbow’ not only reflected the diverse cultures that surrounded us, but LeVar Burton also introduced us to other worlds in colorful and magical ways,” the administrators mentioned in a joint assertion. “We believe ‘Reading Rainbow’ is among the most important shows ever produced and a true unsung hero of children’s programming. It’s important for us to honor its legacy and teach a new generation about this milestone in television history.”

“Reading Rainbow,” which was on the air for 23 years and spanned 26 seasons, featured visitor stars together with Maya Angelou, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Bridges and James Earl Jones.

“To take a look at ‘Reading Rainbow’ through [the directors’] lens and share this story with audiences everywhere is very special,” says Burton. “I hope audiences walk away with the same warm, fuzzy feeling I did when I watched this documentary for the first time.”

To inform the story of the”Reading Rainbow,” the directing duo relied on archival footage and interviews with the present’s varied co-creators and visitor stars together with Burton, visitor star Whoopi Goldberg and “Reading Rainbow” co-creator Twila Liggett.

“Like millions of kids all over the world I grew up watching and loving Reading Rainbow,” says XTR founder and CEO Bryn Mooser. “‘Butterfly in the Sky’ is such a powerful and joyful reminder of the essential importance of children’s literature.”

The movie is introduced by XTR and is a manufacturing of Sidestilt Films and Window Pictures. The doc was produced by Bryan Storkel and government produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis, Mooser, Justin Lacob, Kathryn Everett, Andy Hsieh, Tony Hsieh, Raymond Esposito, John Brooks Pounders and Dava Whisenant.

Roco Films is dealing with instructional rights, and is making the movie obtainable for school rooms, libraries and educators this April.


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