Cinequest kicks off with screening of 'Batkid' documentary

The documentary "Batkid Begins" made its California premiere Tuesday night in front of the packed California Theater in Downtown San Jose.

The film follows 5-year-old Miles Scott and his Make-A-Wish experience to be a real Batman which turned San Francisco into Gotham City for one day in November 2013.

Outside the theater Tuesday night sat the same Lamborghini turned into the Batmobile for Miles.

"We've done several wishes with a lot of kids and a lot of cars [but] nothing this big," said Ted Taormina who owns the Lamborghini and works with the Make-A-WIsh Foundation.

Miles is said to still be recovering and was not on the red carpet, but the film's director was and gave KTVU an update on the little boy.

"He's great. He's fabulous. He's in 1st grade starting little league soon," said Dana Nachman who directed the film. "His family are awesome. They're private people ironically that they had this whole day happen to them."

Outside waiting in line for tickets to see the film was 13-year-old Jacob Flores from San Jose.

"[Miles] was able to be Batman for the day. Everyone dreams of that but he was actually able to do it," said Flores. "That's really cool."

This marks the 25th anniversary for Cinequest which expects more than 100,000 people to take part in the 13-day event.

The festival will also feature another superhero of sorts in "Eco-Man," which is one of three short films produced by Palo Alto High School students.

"Every year we try to highlight new work from young artists," said Cinequest President Kathleen Powell. "That's a big part of what we do, helping people get started in their careers."

Cinequest runs through Sunday, March 8. For more information, visit the festival's website.