After making its debut in 1983, the famed tv program Studying Rainbow went on to attain a 26-year run, grew to become the most-watched PBS program within the classroom and win over 250 awards together with 26 Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award, amongst different honors. Now this system will likely be celebrated in a brand new documentary referred to as Butterfly within the Sky from studio XTR.
Based on XTR, the documentary movie, at the moment in manufacturing, is about to chronicle the journey of the academic kids’s tv program and goals to “honor the present’s legacy and educate youthful generations about this milestone in tv historical past in our present period of distance studying.”
The movie will characteristic archival footage and interviews with Studying Rainbow host LeVar Burton together with the foremost broadcasters, educators, and filmmakers concerned within the present that inspired a love of books and studying amongst kids.
Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb (GLOW: The Story of the Attractive Girls of Wrestling, Jasper Mall) will direct. The Sidestilt Movies manufacturing is produced by Bryan Storkel (Alabama Snake, The Legend of Cocaine Island), and govt produced by XTR’s Bryn Mooser, Justin Lacob and Kathryn Everett.
“Studying Rainbow was my window into the massive metropolis and into numerous cultures,” mentioned Whitcomb. “With segments like these in ‘Hill of Fireplace,’ ‘Liang and the Magic Paintbrush,’ and numerous different episodes, Studying Rainbow was arguably the primary time I encountered ‘documentary-style’ tv as an adolescent, planting a seed that will encourage me for the remaining of my life and lead me to the place I’m in my profession to this present day.”
Provides Thomason, “As a Mexican-American rising up in Houston, I used to be all the time surrounded by variety. Greater than any present on tv, Studying Rainbow mirrored the cultures that surrounded me. When the e book honest got here to my college, I went straight for the Studying Rainbow titles. I didn’t understand it on the time, however the present’s mission assertion was manifesting itself in me. I devour books to this present day and I do know Studying Rainbow had a hand in that.”
Butterfly within the Sky joins the lineup of XTR’s present slate which incorporates titles Ailey, Homeroom, Insurgent Hearts, Ascension and the untitled Magic Johnson docuseries.
The announcement of the documentary movie comes after Burton visitor hosted Jeopardy! in July. Throughout his week of internet hosting, the sport present had introduced that it will match the complete winnings of all its contestants and donate the funds to the nonprofit Burton has been an advocate for referred to as Studying Is Basic, which helps kids’s literacy.