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New state-of-the-art Air Force Museum Theatre site of inaugural Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation

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The Air Force Museum Foundation announced the full roster of films and filmmakers presenting screenings at its First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation, April 12-14. Fourteen producers, directors, cinematographers and others from the film industry will present twelve screenings over the three-day cinematic celebration of flight that also serves as the grand re-opening of the Air Force Museum Theatre's newly renovated digital giant screen theater. Its nearly one million dollar upgrade features state-of-the-art dual 4K digital projectors, 7.1 plus surround sound, a new 80' wide screen, new seating, carpeting and a stage, making it the finest and newest venue of its kind in the midwest.

Each screening is followed by a Q&A session with the presenter(s):

Friday, April 12, 2013

THE RESTORERS, presented by Adam White, Director, and Kara Martinelli, Producer
FIRST IN FLIGHT, presented by Tara Tucker, Producer, and Brandon Hess, Director
HIGH FLIGHT and UNCLE JACK, presented by Jon Tennyson, Producer/Director
WINGS, presented by William Wellman, Jr., son of the late Director William Wellman

Saturday, April 13, 2013

AIR RACERS 3D, presented by Christian Fry, Producer/Director/Writer, and Steve Hinton, Jr., Star
MEMPHIS BELLE (1944 documentary), presented by Catherine Wyler, daughter of the late Director William Wyler
MEMPHIS BELLE (1990 feature film), presented by Catherine Wyler, Producer
TOP GUN 3D, presented by Clay Lacy, Aerial Cinematographer, and Barry Sandrew, Ph.D, Founder, Legend3D

Sunday, April 14, 2013

STEVE CANYON, presented by John Ellis, Restorer & Historian
HONOR FLIGHT: One Final Mission, presented by Kmele Foster, Producer
TOP GUN 3D, 'Encore' screening - no presenters

To purchase tickets and passes call (937) 253-4629 or online at General admission tickets for individual daytime screenings are $8 per person, and $15 per person for evening shows, which includes Sunday's Top Gun 3D show. Full day discount passes, good for all screenings on that day, are also available; $35 for Friday, $35 for Saturday, and $25 for Sunday. Full Festival passes are available for $90, providing admission for one person to each screening Friday through Sunday.

Corporate screening sponsorship enables event proceeds go to the Air Force Museum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the museum's year-round educational programs and expansion. The Boeing Company is sponsor of the WWII-era Memphis Belle documentary presented by the late director's daughter, Catherine Wyler. The Wright State University Foundation is sponsor of The Restorers, the pilot episode of a public television series co-presented by Wright State Motion Pictures program alumnus and director, Adam White, and producer Kara Martinelli. Also announced were Southwest Airlines as the "Official Airline" of Reel Stuff, and the Hilton Garden Inn/Beavercreek, the festival's headquarters hotel. According to the festival's director, Ron Kaplan, additional Reel Stuff sponsors and donors will be announced soon.

Reel Stuff's sponsors' will enjoy exclusive benefits such as tickets to the foundation's "Opening Night of the Stars" red carpet reception April 11. The invitation-only event features the Midwest premier of First in Flight, a 30-minute dramatization about the Wright Brothers presented by Tara Tucker, producer, and Brandon Hess, director. They will be accompanied by Stephen Wright, the great grand-nephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Ms. Tucker is the daughter of acclaimed air show performer and National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee, Sean D. Tucker. "Those who miss the premier of First in Flight need not despair," said Mary Bruggeman, Director of Theatre Operations. "The producer and director will co-present this extraordinary film a second time for filmgoers on April 12." Bruggeman explained due to surging national interest in the rare opportunity to view Top Gun 3D on a giant screen, a second showing was added on Sunday, April 14 to close the festival. Reservations have been received from people from as far as Colorado, California and Wisconsin, said Bruggeman.

Corporations and individuals interested in festival sponsorship opportunities contact Reel Stuff Film Festival Director Ron Kaplan at (937) 212-8847 or

The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. Proceeds will allow the non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation to bring this world-class festival to Dayton and help support entertainment and educational programs for patrons throughout the year. The foundation was established in 1960 as a philanthropic, non-profit organization to assist in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of United States Air Force. The Foundation raises funds through its Museum Store, Air Force Museum Theatre, membership program, flight simulators, and Valkyrie Café, as well as from direct donations. For more information visit

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC is dedicated to supporting non-profit aviation organizations through producing entertaining events and programs that cinematically celebrate the people, wonder, and joy of flight. Reel Stuff founder and director, Ron Kaplan, is past executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, a columnist for Pilot Magazine and Warbird Digest Magazine, and provides research and on-camera services to aviation film and media productions. His work appears on such projects as the Miramax documentary, The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History; PBS-TV's Emmy-winning series, Legends of Airpower; and Discovery Channel's Showdown: Air Combat series, among others. For more information visit

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Theatre Operations, Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., at (937) 656-9623 or, or Ron Kaplan, Founder & Director, Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation, at (937) 212-8847 or