Aviation Film Fest This Weekend

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This year's Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation launches this weekend at the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Each of the five films screened on Friday and Saturday will be introduced by an actor, producer or other key contributor to the production, and each film will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Friday's opening-night reception is hosted by Cliff Robertson, followed by the film "Flyabout," introduced by director Monika Petrillo. The film chronicles the adventures of a young pilot who aims to complete a circumnavigation of Australia by air. Saturday's schedule features four films as well as a reception and a silent auction fundraiser to help support the Hall of Fame Learning Center.

Saturday's movies are "The Wright Brothers at Fort Myer," a film by Paul Glenshaw, who also directed the "Barnstorming" documentary. (AVweb spoke with Glenshaw about his work at EAA AirVenture last summer; click here for that podcast.) Producer Heather Taylor will introduce "Breaking Through the Clouds," a documentary about the first women's international air derby, held in 1929. Director Adam White will show a "sneak peak" of his upcoming PBS series "The Restorers," which features stories about the restoration of warbirds and vintage aircraft. The festival closes out with the classic "Flight of the Intruder," introduced by Clay Lacy, who worked as an aerial cinematographer on the 1991 film. Tickets for all festival events are available online.