Films Bring Aviation To The Masses


The big news in aviation film for this fall is the national release of Flight, starring Denzel Washington, on Nov. 2 — early reviews are starting to turn up online — but meanwhile other filmmakers are working to promote the wonder of flight. In Ohio, director Adam White recently won a film festival award for his documentary, The Restorers, and now is trying to create a TV series about historic aircraft and the volunteers who keep them flying. White’s company, Hemlock Films, is searching for investors and will show the film in Cleveland on Oct. 23. Meanwhile, reviews for Flight, which has shown at several film festivals around the country, are mostly positive.

“Denzel Washington is aces as a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a miraculous mid-air stunt while flying with a 0.24 blood alcohol concentration, only to face his demons on the ground,” according to a review by Peter Debruge, in Variety. “Pic should soar on all platforms — except in-flight, of course.” According to Todd McCarthy, of The Hollywood Reporter, Washington “hits notes that are tricky and nuanced and that he’s never played before, contributing to a large, layered performance that defines the film.” The studio recently released a new trailer for the film. But how will Flight play to the most important and critical audience — real-life aviators? We’ll find out next month.

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