A Newsletter from the Producer of Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby
Welcome to the newsletter about:
Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby (BTTC).
I have entered BTTC into two categories in the Telly Awards. One of the awards is for the People's Choice. While essentially a popularity contest, I thought I'd give it a shot so please follow the link here and click the thumbs up underneath the trailer. That's all there is to it. This link is active until March 1, 2013.
Normally I don't like to pepper people with this kind of thing but the Telly Awards if a fairly prestigious one so thank you to all who take the time to vote and thank you to all in the BTTC community for the continued support.
Producer of the Award-Winning documentary Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby. An Archetypal Images Production.
Last year I wrote about a young girl named Thaden after Louise Thaden. This week I learned of a newborn baby girl named Marvel after Marvel Crosson. If this continues, we may have a whole new generation of Derbyists for the 21st century!
As most of you know, I put my heart and soul into BTTC. Ever the starving artist, I soar when receiving unsolicited praise. It gives me a boost and helps me keep on going. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to let me know they like the film or how it has impacted them. Here are a few recent examples.
From a fan in Germany:
The DVD is wonderful, very epic, atmospheric and informative, you put a lot of passion in it. The presentation of the pilots before the race and to see them laughing is great. I like the end when all pilots reappear, the wonderful music in the background.
From fan on Face Book
I bought Breaking Through The Clouds for my mother for Christmas. She waited to watch it until we were both together. We were both really impressed. Thank you for capturing this piece of history. We will be watching it again!
Pioneer in Aviation: Mary Haizlip
In late January, I took a trip to Tuscon, Arizona to continue some research on the derby. While there, I visited the the Pima Air and Space Museum. Thanks to archivist Andrew Boehly who shared the following photo of Mary Haizlip (as well as some of the facts below).
The rumor is that a journalist mistyped Mary's name as Mae in a newspaper article. Other news reporters continued in this vein and it stuck. Evidently Mary did not like this at all. To try and set the record straight, I refer to her as Mary.
At age 19, Mary was one of the youngest to fly in the derby. She took flying lessons in Oklahoma from a well known WW1 pilot whom she later married, Jim Haizlip.
Mary became the second woman in the US to have a commercial license. She flew in subsequent races after the derby, coming in first and second at times. The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) states "she became the second highest money winner, man or woman, at the 1931 National Air Races."
In 1930, Mary set the women's speed record of 255 mph, which held for seven years. While setting that record, she became the first person to use 100-octane fuel.
NASM also states that Mary was a "test pilot for Spartan Aircraft, American Eagle and Buhl Aircrapft. Haizlip was the first woman inducted in the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame."
Facing challenges during the derby, Mary learned to overcome them and continued meeting new challenges head on throughout her career in aviation. There is no question Mary was a Pioneer in Aviation and broke through the clouds.
Mary Haizlip. Picture Courtesy of Pima Air & Space Museum
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!
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 material discussing the challenges the women faced during the race, what the women wore and more information about the planes & navigation in 1929.
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.
We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something...
Sandra Day O'Connor
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 breakingthroughtheclouds.com 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 ds.com.
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@ breakingthroughtheclouds.com and
we can work out the details.
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