‘Flying the Feathered Edge’ starts Breck Film Fest, Backstage film series
If you go
What: “Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project”
Where: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, 121 Ridge St., Breckenridge
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4
Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for youth
More information: Tickets available online at www.backstagetheatre.org, by phone at (970) 453-0199 and at the door
The Breckenridge Film Festival is partnering up with the Backstage Theatre to show some of the festival’s 2014 hits during the next two weeks. “Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project” is up first Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
‘THE PILOT’S PILOT’
Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, age 92, nicknamed “The Pilot’s Pilot” by his peers, is largely unknown outside aviation circles, despite his staggering array of accomplishments. Following a storied career during World War II as a fighter pilot, Hoover continued to serve for years as one of our best test pilots and inspired generations of fighter pilots from the Korean and Vietnam eras. Director Kim Furst captures every nuance of Hoover’s amazing life story by skillfully interweaving vintage still images, historic footage and testimonials from other flight legends past and present, bringing this legend’s life and story out into the limelight.
Hoover is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern aerobatics. Jimmy Doolittle called him “… the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.” “Flying the Feathered Edge” preserves the stories, the friendships and the legacy that surrounds this man, who quietly touched the trajectory of aviation’s many developments and who, due to his piloting skills, judgment, decency, luck and just-flat out ability to fly, is considered the best.
“Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project” was a highly researched, three-year project. Aviation Week reporter Fred George wrote, “After 90 minutes, there were few dry eyes in the house as the credits rolled at the end of the documentary. … In Aviation Week’s opinion, a film well worth our readers’ viewing time when it appears in nearby theaters.”
The film begins with a tribute by Neil Armstrong to Hoover’s flying skills and stars Harrison Ford, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, Carroll Shelby, Gene Cernan, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. George E. Bud Day and Clay Lacy, among others.
Film Fest Redux is a fundraiser for both the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre and the Film Fest. The Breckenridge. All films start at 7 p.m. Concessions are available for all film screenings and include Milk Duds, beer, wine and mixed drinks, which can be taken into the theater with you.
For more information about the film series or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.backstagetheatre.org or call the box office at (970) 453-0199.
The 2014 Breckenridge Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner “Pie Lady of Pie Town” and selected comedy shorts will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The evening will open with a short question-and-answer period with Kathy Knapp, the pie lady herself.
Tickets for both films are available in advance online http://www.backstagetheatre.org or at the door.
The Backstage’s annual holiday musical is running weekends through Saturday, Jan. 3. In “Dog Park: the Musical,” join Champ, the show dog; Bogie, the territorial rebel without a collar; Itchy, the sad sack terrier with ADD; and Daisy, the lone Westie female, who must choose a mate from one of the three.
Featuring songs inspired by hot jazz, torchy ballads, and catchy doggie doo-wop, “Dog Park: The Musical” will leave you wanting to capture your inner canine and howl along with these irrepressible stage dogs.
The holiday shows always sell out, so get your tickets early.
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