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April 7, 2017
Fly Like A Girl By JANICE WOOD As you wander around SUN ’n FUN this weekend, keep an eye out for a documentary film crew, who are working on a full-length film, “Fly Like A Girl.” A trailer for the film is being shown on the jumbotron, while the filmmakers from Indie Atlantic Films roam the grounds shooting for the documentary. An interview with the producers also will be broadcast on the giant screen on Saturday. The idea for the film came from Katie McEntire Wiatt, a teacher who has
moved into the filmmaking business. The idea is to reveal the contributions women have made to aviation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as highlight the many women who are doing extraordinary work in aviation and STEM today. Fly Like a Girl also examines why many young girls don’t see themselves in an aviation/STEM related field and how society can begin to change this perception, she said. During her time as an elementary school teacher, she saw first-hand the gap in confidence in girls in her classroom.
“I remember one student in particular was struggling with a math problem. She said, ‘Ms. Wiatt, girls just aren’t good at math.’ This student’s statement had a profound effect on me. Perhaps because it reminded me of a math teacher I had in fifth grade who told me ‘some girls, like you, just can’t do math.’ I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was a very common experience for many young girls.” Still in the early days of production, Fly Like A Girl already has interviews with three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff, World War II WASP Bee Haydu, and others.
The producers, who have been selffunding the project up to now, have begun crowdsourcing on Indiegogo.com. One of the perks for investors is a special Fly Like A Girl SUN ’n FUN T-shirt. Once they leave SUN ’n FUN, the producers will travel around the country, raising awareness for the film and interviewing more people. “The outpouring of support from the aviation community has been amazing,” Wiatt said. “It seems everyone we reach out to wants to be involved in helping to tell the story.” FlyLikeAGirl.film
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The April 7, 2017 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from Lakeland, FL. Produced by General Aviation News.