By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
Coming to iTunes, Bell, Shaw, Telus and Vimeo beginning April 27th, 2021 in Canada.
Organizations like the Make-a-Wish and The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada always wants to help children stay positive amidst any crisis. Sometimes they are fighting for their own health like Bat-Kid from 2013 and they make the news because they have a desire to do more than just fight crime for a day. There’s even a documentary made about him by Warner Bros. Pictures, the parent company to DC Comics.
Not every story gets told. Across the country, the most recent hero is 10-year-old Orlando, Florida resident Gaige Pike who is ROBOgaige. In Chicago, Christian Clark’s alter-ego is SuperBlack. who fought villains alongside Batman. Even tweens can dream; before Bat-Kid came along in San Francisco, the Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest knew Erik Martin as Electron Boy, who helped Spider-Man fight crime. There’s no doubt more, and they all make the local media reports to show the encouraging power of the human spirit is everywhere.
In Canada, Mable Tooke is a cancer-fighter and a selfless 6-year-old patient whose desire to help others even while she is in the battle of her life proves even more children can be heroes for a day. It’s less about who the person wishes to become, be it a well known comic book hero or something invented, but more about what they represent. Each Make-a-Wish hero inspires others to stay strong as treatment of their ailment is ongoing. To know this young girl’s journey means following her struggles in the documentary SpiderMable, which won the Best Canadian Film title and the “Best of the Fest” Audience Award at the NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival in 2020 and more recently, the Edmonton Film Prize.
From the Press Release:
Directed by award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and director Kelly Wolfert, a native of Edmonton, this film follows the real-life journey of a young selfless cancer patient and her desire to help others, even while battling for her own life.
After meeting Neil and Lisa Tooke’s daughter, Mable, while volunteering for The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Kelly was asked to help create Mable’s wish day–to fight crime with her hero, Spider-Man. Supported by fellow Edmontonians, Mable met with Mayor Don Iveson, did superhero training at West Edmonton Mall and rescued Oilers’ captain Andrew Ference from his kidnapper. Her touching story and unique wish day became a global phenomenon, generating over 519 million impressions on social media in a span of just 3 days. But the superhero story arc did not end at just one day for this young girl. Inspired to harness her newly found influence and voice and give back to the community that had helped her survive, she continued her journey, transforming from a celebrity superhero into an inspiring young fundraising philanthropist. This documentary captures Mable during her initial wish day and follows her through the 4 years following, introducing the viewer to many caregivers, benefactors, and motivators on her way, and showcasing this amazing young girl’s inspiring attitude and journey that keeps on going.