Thursday, February 28, 2013

BTTC Wins A Telly Award!

A Newsletter from the Producer of
Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby 
Newsletter #20
February 28, 2013
Welcome to the newsletter about:

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

Hello everyone,

As those of you who regularly read my newsletters know, I try to always include highlights of the women in the derby, details on processes involved in making the film and other tidbits. I also try to space out the frequency of the newsletters so no one is inundated.

However, I am breaking my rhythm today to share the news that BTTC just won the first of two Telly Awards. Read below for details and learn how you can help make this award a double hitter!

Also below are some upcoming dates for screenings and appearances, including dates in March, which is women's history month.

Thanks to all.

Heather Taylor

Producer of the Award-Winning documentary Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby. An Archetypal Images Production.
In This Issue
BTTC wins Telly
Upcoming Events
Thank you
BTTC DVD Available
What is BTTC?
BTTC Tshirts For Sale
Sale of Old Cover DVDs

BTTC WINS Telly Award! 
YOU can help BTTC WIN 2nd Award
Breaking News:

I just received news this morning that BTTC has won a Silver Telly Award.

As many of you know, I entered BTTC into two categories in the Telly Awards. The Silver Telly Award announced today was for an award decided on by a panel of judges. The judges rate the film based on the standard of excellence. The "Silver Telly" is their highest honor. Telly states that only 7-10% of over 12,000 entrants receive this award. The category BTTC won is non-broadcast productions in history/biography. 

The other award, which has not been announced yet, is for the People's Choice Award. The voting for this is still actually still open. There are two days - today and tomorrow - to cast your vote for this award! Evidently you can vote as often as you like - UNLESS you are using an iphone, ipad or internet explorer 9 which Telly informed me is incompatible with the voting system.

For those who can vote, just follow the link here and click the thumbs up underneath the trailer. That's all there is to it. This link is active through tomorrow, March 1, 2013.

Maybe we can make the Telly Awards a double hitter!

Since my last newsletter in which I requested people to vote for this award, I have received some of the neatest comments and amazing response. People all over the US, Germany, Australia, Holland, France and Thailand have told me they voted!

I am truly thrilled by the amazing response from this voting process. Thanks to you all for your continued support. Telly Award Trophy

Upcoming Events 

Below is the latest schedule for screenings and appearances. For those of you on Facebook and Twitter, I post updates frequently. I also try to update my website as soon as new information is announced. 

March 23rd at Noon:
Heather will be on a panel at the Annapolis Film Festival. I am told there are going to be some incredible celebrities on this panel discussing women in the film industry. They asked me to be on the panel to discuss the process as a first time filmmaker. 

March 25th at 6pm:
Heather will be at Hood College in Frederick, MD at part of Hood's Literary Event. 

March 27th:
Heather will be at Simmons College in Boston, MA showing the film and answering questions afterwards. Details to come on exact theater location and time.

March 31st:  
Heather will be on the 21st Century Radio Show on Sunday, March 31st from 8 to 9pm. The link is: 

April 13th 
Heather will be in attendance at the screening on April 13th at 2pm in Baltimore, MD at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center (exact details on location to be announced):

April 28th 
BTTC will also be in Wichita, Kansas on April 28th as part of the Women in Aviation Air Capital City event to raise money for low income girls to attend space camp.

Heather also has plans to give presentations in June at both the American Society of Aviation Artists at BWI and COPA in Alabama. More details on those and other events as the dates draw near. 

*March is women's history month. If anyone is interested in a screening of BTTC, please contact me at  

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
  • Introduce me to contacts who might be interested in screening BTTC  
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. The sky's the limit! If the film has touched you in some way, please feel free to email and let me know. As always, thank you!
Quick Links for BTTC Social Media

BTTC Website:

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BTTC TWITTER ACCOUNT: @breakingclouds
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BTTC is available on DVD

BTTC Cover withLaurels
This Award Winning Documentary is available on DVD. For more information, please visit:

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, Louise Thaden and other well known women pilots of the era race across the country in the summer of 1929.

Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby provides over two hours of captivating viewing. The women's personalities shine through with original footage from the derby, much of which has not been seen in over eighty years.

Beautiful and colorful aerial recreations place the viewer in the pilot's seat.

Interviews with legendary aviatrixes
Elinor Smith Sullivan, and Patty Wagstaff, noted aviation historians, and family members of the original pilots
help bring the story alive.

Included are 23 minutes of bonus
discussing the 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:

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  Amelia Earhart and 19 other brave pilots who defied convention by taking to the skies and racing across the country for the first Women's National Air Derby.
With just a compass and a road map to guide them, they faced cultural stereotypes, mechanical failures, threats of sabotage, navigational challenges 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 dreams.  

Producer 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


We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." 

Charles R. Swindoll 

BTTC T-shirts Available

Did you know the logo on the t shirts is based on one of the trophies won in the 1929 Derby? You can briefly make out the trophy in the footage on race day in BTTC. 

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: If you haven't heard a response within a week, chances are 
I did not receive the email. 
You may call me at 
865-242-7551 to follow up, though my preference is email first so I can keep track of the order. Thank you. 

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. If interested, send an email to Heather@ and
 we can work out the details.
 Thank you. 

BTTC old cover
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