Monday, March 5, 2012

BTTC Honors Women During Women's History Month

A Newsletter from the Producer of
Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby
Newsletter #13
  March 2012



Welcome to the newsletter about:

Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby (BTTC). 

Happy Women's History Month.  

I just received news that BTTC has been accepted into another Film Festival (see below)! I will also be helping to induct the women from the derby into the Women in Aviation's Pioneer Hall of Fame this March. What great ways to celebrate Women's History Month!

Besides these two wonderful events, there are several scheduled screenings of BTTC. Keep reading to find out where and when these events will be. I expect the next newsletter to be a full report of all the exciting moments in March.

Hope to see many of you at an upcoming event.

Blue skies to all!

Heather Taylor, Producer
Archetypal Images, LLC
In This Issue
BTTC accepted into another Film Festival
Schedule & Events for BTTC in March
Women Fly It Forward
BTTC Ambassadors
Thank you
What is BTTC?
BTTC DVD Available
Chubbie Miller Week
Sale of Old Cover DVDs
BTTC Tshirts For Sale
BTTC Accepted into Women's International Film Festival
BTTC was accepted into the Women's International film festival. This makes over a dozen festivals for BTTC! The festival will be in Miami, Florida March 28th - April 1st. I am waiting to hear back regarding the exact date and time of the BTTC showing. As soon as I know, I will post on my website, facebook page & twitter. You can also check out the festival's website:

If you are in the Miami area, please come to the festival. Be sure to say hi to me when you are there.
BTTC Schedule & Events For March 2012

There are several scheduled events in March where BTTC will be showng. These events are all open to the public so if you are in the area, please come by. Be sure to check my website, facebook page and tweets to learn the latest schedule.

March 10th: Producer Heather Taylor will be in Dallas, Texas at the Women in Aviation Conference helping to induct the twenty women from the 1929 Derby into the Women in Aviation's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

March 17th: Dinner & a movie - specifically, BTTC. Join me in Laurel, MD at the Montpelier Arts Center for dinner and a screening of BTTC. Here's the press release Montpelier Arts Center Press Release

March 20th:
I am returning to my Alma Mater and the place where BTTC premiered, Hood College in Frederick, MD. A screening of BTTC is open to the public at 7pm, Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall. Earlier in the day I will be speaking to some students at Hood about my journey with the film.

March 22nd: 
The Hagerstown Community College NOW Club is sponsoring a screening of BTTC at the Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, MD at 7pm. I will be there to answer questions afterwards. Here's more information: Hagerstown Community College Screening

March 26th: I hope to be in Xenia, Ohio celebrating the proclamation of Chubbie Miller week (see side bar).

March 28-April 1st. BTTC will be showing at the Women's International Women's Festival in Miami, Fl. Please check my website, facebook page and tweets for the specific date or click on the Festival Website:

*If you would like to host a screening of BTTC in your community, license the film or schedule a presentation by the producer, please contact me at to discuss fees and schedules. Thank you.
Praise for the Sugarloaf 99s Chapter & the Women Fly It Forward Event

While I'll be inducting women of the past into the Women in Aviation's Pioneer Hall of Fame on March 10th, pilots all over the world will be working to inspire the future by introducing a new generation of girls to aviation. The Women Fly It Forward Weekend, which is part of Women of Aviation Week, will be taking place all across the world this week. You can learn more about it here:

Last year was the first year of the event and it was a huge success. The Frederick, MD Airport earned the title of  "World's Friendliest Airport for Women" as volunteers gave 185 free plane rides to young girls.

The Sugarloaf Chapter of the 99s was a huge presence at the Frederick Airport during last year's event. They volunteered their time and their planes on a very cold, windy day (I was there too, shivering). The women tirelessly answered questions and enthusiastically explained every aspect of aviation to girls of all ages. It was such a success that this year 300 people have already registered!

It is always inspiring to see when others have found their passion and how generous they are about sharing that passion with others. It becomes contagious. This is the case with the women of the Sugarloaf 99s chapter.

I am lucky to have members in this group as some of my biggest supporters! They hosted me during the premiere of BTTC and have been beside me cheering the film on ever since. These women EMBODY the spirit of the women in the 1929 derby. They are excited about every aspect of aviation. They dedicate all their free time to it and support others with the utmost sincerity. I am a huge fan of these women and all they do.

I know this year's Women Fly It Forward Weekend will be a huge success because of the dedicated individuals who are giving of themselves and investing in the future with the next generation. I will think of the event and wish everyone well while I spend the day in Dallas, inducting the women of the derby into their rightful place in history. While the women of the derby would probably appreciate the accolades and honors, in all honestly, they would probably rather be flying!


There are always so many to thank regarding the support of BTTC. Here are just a few recent examples:

*Entrepreneur & Author Terry Murray recently wrote a wonderful review of BTTC on his blog. I was extremely touched by it as Terry really captured some of the most important aspects of the film to me personally and some of the reasons why I produced BTTC in the first place. Thank you, Terry. Click here to read:

*Thanks also to Lynda Meeks of Girls With Wings for mentioning BTTC in several of her podcasts recently. Lynda works tirelessly to educate girls about careers in aviation. You can learn more at

* An article I wrote, "The Courage To Fly" appeared in Aviatrix Aerogram. It is currently in a tie for best history article according to the Readers Choice Survey. That really means a lot so thank you to everyone who voted for the article! Also a huge shout out to Pilot Laura Smith for all she is doing to promote women in aviation, including starting and running Aviatrix Aerogram.

Thank you & Ways to Help

BTTC has only been able to succeed because of individual support! It is very much a grassroots effort so I appreciate every single comment, thumbs up, mention and email I receive. It truly keeps me going to know the film touches lives in some positive way.

If you would like to help me keep it going, here are just a few simple (and free) ideas that can make a big difference:
  • Post a positive comment (or thumbs up) on youtube underneath the BTTC clip  
  • Become a Fan of BTTC Face Book Page  
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Forward these newsletters, and/or sign up for my blog  
All links for the social media are below. You can also mention BTTC in your own blog, article, podcast or to friends and colleagues.

Of course there are a myriad of other ways to help as well. If the film has touched you in some way, please feel free to email and let me know.

As always, thank you!
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What is Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby?

Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby is an award-winning documentary about 20 female pilots, including Amelia Earhart, who raced across the country for 9 days in August 1929 to prove that women could fly.  They chased their dream and encountered cultural stereotypes, navigation challenges, threats of sabotage, mechanical difficulties and endless chicken dinners.  The women persevered and became pioneering legends in aviation.  Their story is inspiring to anyone who has the courage to follow their own dream.  

Heather Taylor had a calling to tell this inspiring story in the hopes of helping others to find the courage to search for their own path.  While Heather hasn't had to deal with the endless chicken dinners like the women in the derby did, she does face the challenges of an an independent artist.  By spreading the word and supporting the film, you are helping Heather and other struggling artists reach for the sky in their own way and work towards breaking through the clouds.
Thank you. 

Heather Taylor, Executive Producer
Archetypal Images, LLC
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BTTC DVD Available
BTTC Cover withLaurels
The DVD is available at: 

The inspiring true story of 20 women who raced across America in 1929.  

Follow along as headline aviatrixes Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes, Phoebe Omlie, Bobbi Trout and Louise Thaden race across the country during nine amazing days in the summer of 1929.

Breaking Through The Clouds provides over two hours of captivating viewing with original footage from the women who flew in the 1929 air derby and from the race itself.

Beautiful aerial recreations place the viewer in the pilot's seat.  Interviews with legendary pilots Elinor Smith Sullivan, Patty Wagstaff, Julie Clark, family members of the original pilots & aviation historians bring the story alive.

With 23 minutes of bonus material included, the film features challenges the women faced during the race, what the women wore and more information about the planes & navigation in 1929. 

Available at:
BTTC Cost $30 plus S&H

*Note:For those who do not like to order on-line or use pay pal,you may fill out this order form and mail a check:
BTTC Order Form 
"Chubbie Miller Week" Will Be Here Soon!

As mentioned in the last newsletter, the town of Xenia, Ohio is issuing a proclamation declaring March 25th "Chubbie" Miller week. 

After seeing BTTC, the community of Xenia set out to find exactly where Australian Chubbie Miller made her forced landing during the derby. They found it and, weather permitting, hope to commemorate this spot with a fly over as well as other celebrations on Monday, March 26th. I am working with those involved in the celebration now and hope to attend in person. I MIGHT even get to be in the fly-over plane. The city council is also issuing a proclamation making the week of March 26th "Chubbie Miller Week."

Kudos to the town of Xenia for celebrating history and their community as well as Chubbie Miller and aviation.
Old Cover DVD's on Sale

I still have some DVDs with the old cover featured. Despite the old cover, a couple spelling errors in the opening quote and a missing credit, the film is the same as what is sold now. I am selling these copies for $20 plus shipping while supplies last. If interested, just send an email to and we can work out the details. Thank you. 

BTTC old cover
BTTC T-shirts Available

Black BTTC AND white BTTC t-shirts are available for purchase. Below is what the front of a black t-shirt looks like.  The back has written in the top middle part. 

If you would like a t-shirt, send me an email.  The cost is $20 plus postage. Heather@breakingthroughtheclou 
BTTC T-shirt (black).  White T-shirts with a black Logo are also available.

*PLEASE NOTE: Occasionally people tell me they sent an email & I didn't respond.  This is one of the curses of the electronic age as I am not aware when I do not receive an email.  If you haven't heard a response from me within a week (typically much sooner), chances are I have not received the email.  You can call me at 865-242-7551, though my preference is email first.

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