Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Tampa, Florida Area Riverview 14 GDX

 

Captain Shem Malmquist, co-author of Angle of Attack, the book that inspired Pilot Error appears at this new Tampa area theater to lead a discussion following the screening of this film. A 777 Captain who flies around the world is a veteran aviation accident investigator. Malmquist will also be signing copies of Angle of Attack before and after this event. Call  813-295-8468. https://www.goodrichqualitytheaters.com/florida/riverview-14-gdx/theater-info

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Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey, March 30

This special Pilot Error screening hosted by Bergen Community College's Aviation Program will feature a discussion on the FAA's FAR 60 rule mandating new approach to high altitude stall and stall recovery simulator training for all American airline pilots.  This acclaimed feature film was inspired by the true story of a French airliner that disappeared on a routine flight from South America to Paris.    Aviation Program Director William Klappert, faculty members, and veteran pilots will join producer screenwriter Roger Rapoport for this special event.   Rapoport will also introduce Angle of Attack; Air France 447 and The Future of Air Safety, his new book written with 777 Captain Shem Malmquist. For more information and additional details contact the college at (973) 908-1295.   Bergen Community College is at 400 Parmus Road, Paramus, NJ. 

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

COLUMBUS OHIO MARCH 21, 6 P.M. WITH DR. DAVID WOODS AND SHAWN PRUCHNICKI

 

COLUMBUS- Pilot Error, the up-to-the-minute feature film, inspired by the true story of a French airline missing in the Atlantic, plays Tuesday March 21at 6 p.m. at the Drexel Theater.

       This special event features a discussion led by two prominent aviation safety experts, OSU Integrated Systems Engineering Professor Dr. David Woods and Shawn Pruchnicki of the OSU Center for Aviation Studies.

        The film, hailed as a “first class ticket” by the Milwaukee Journal, is based on an event similar to the disappearance of Air France 447 for 22 months.  It explores many of the questions being asked following the similar loss of another jet, Malaysia Air 370 in March 2014.

       Pilots nationwide have welcomed Pilot Error’s nuanced and fair minded look at their profession. It argues that the number one safety system on any aircraft is a well trained pilot.

        Air France 447 was the first of three accidents since 2009 related to high altitude aerodynamic stalls in the intertropical convergence zone, a complex equatorial region subject to hazardous special weather conditions.  In 2014 Air Algerie and Air Asia both lost planes in similar convective storms.  These three tragedies took the lives of 506 passengers.

       Since Pilot Error’s release, the Federal Aviation Administration has mandated that pilots must retrain for high altitude approach to stall and stall recovery.  In addition, every airline simulator must be reprogrammed for this risk.  Some vigilant carriers, such as Alaska Airlines, have already completed these important upgrades well ahead of the FAA’s 2019 deadline.

       The feature stars award winning Michigan stage actress Kate Thomsen, making her screen debut, as investigative reporter Nicola Wilson.  She is determined to find out why a jet headed from South America to Paris disappeared in the Atlantic, taking her close friend and 211 other passengers with it. How, Wilson wants to know, can a plane just disappear?

       As Nicola digs deeper into this mystery she puts her job, friends and very livelihood on the line. Even though she knows nothing about aviation, refuses to fly and doesn't speak French, Nicola quickly uncovers astonishing details about the missing flight. Was it preventable? Has it happened before? Could it happen again? And was it PILOT ERROR?

       The film, which is appearing on over 200 screens in America and abroad this year, was cowritten by Rapoport with the feature’s director Joe Anderson.

       Thomsen has distinguished herself on numerous midwestern stages. A winner of a special Irene Ryan Award for her undergraduate work on the Kennedy Center stage, she earned her MFA at the University of California-Irvine.

       Costarring Hollywood actors Richard Riehle (“Office Space”)  Robert Cicchini (“Godfather III” and “Waterwalk”),  and Larry Herron (“Modern Family”) the film was shot in Michigan, Wisconsin and Paris.

       Composer Garth Neustadter won an emmy at the age of 25 for his John Muir In The New World score.

       Pilot Error was edited by Gene Gamache, who has won many awards for his work on major studio film marketing campaigns and trailers ranging fromForrest Gump, to 12 Years A Slave and Birdman.  He also produced the documentaries Houdini and A Circus Life.

       Cinematographer David Darling worked with well-known Detroit director of photography Bruce Schermer, who shot most of Michael Moore’s Roger & Me and was cinematographer on Sundance grand prize winning Chameleon Street.

       Pilot Error follows up on the success of Rapoport’s first film Waterwalk,  shot in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri(2012), which has played at over 200 theaters nationwide.  That story, a father-son retracing of the Marquette/Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi, was filmed along the Fox, Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

       Pilot Error is based on six years of research and interviews with more than 200 pilots, airline executive, plane manufacturers, regulatory agencies and the team that found missing Air France 447 in the Atlantic.  The film offers audiences an inside look at the fate of pilots unfortunately kept in the dark about failed automation.

       “Top airline training pilots speaking at our events have been warmly received by audiences trying to understand how, in the most interconnected moment in human history, it’s never been easier to hide the truth,” says Rapoport.

 

About The Event:

 

Pilot Error screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at the Drexel Theater, 2254 East Main St., Columbus.  (614) 231-9512. drexel.netFor more information contactRoger Rapoport at (231) 720-0930 or rogerdrapoport@me.com.  To arrange an interview with Dr. Woods contact him atwoods.2@osu.edu.  Contact Shawn Pruchnicki at pruchnicki.4@osu.edu

 

To receive a DVD of Pilot Error or stream the film in advance of this event please contact Roger Rapoport. See the film’s trailer here.   Visit the pilot error website www.pilot-errormovie.com

 

About the Speakers:

 

Dr. David Woods is an award winning expert in human interaction with technology and past-president of the Resilience Engineering Association and of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society. He studies how people cope with complexity in time pressured situations such as critical care medicine, aviation, space missions, intelligence analysis and crisis management. His latest work involves modeling and measuring the resilience of organizations and distributed systems. Professor Woods has investigated accidents in nuclear power, aviation, space and anesthesiology, and was an advisor to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He served on the Flight Deck Automation Working Group that authored the 2013 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Report on the Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems. The report addresses the safety and efficiency of modern flight deck systems for flight path management. Professor Woods is the author or editor of eight books and is currently working on a ninth, Outmaneuvering Complexity. He holds five patents for computerized decision aids, has served on National Academy of Science (Engineering the Delivery of Health Care - 2005, Dependable Software - 2006, and Autonomy in Civil Aviation -2014), and on other advisory committees (Defense Science Board Task Force on Autonomy - 2012), and testified to U.S. Congress on safety at NASA and on election reform. His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business Week.

 

ShawnPruchnicki is currently a faculty member at The Ohio State University where he teaches aviation safety,human factors, accident investigation and complex aircraft operation for the Department of Aviation. Other teaching responsibilities have included teaching cognitive engineering for the Industrial Systems Engineering Department and clinical toxicology for the College of Pharmacy. Shawn also functions as an independent contractor/Research Engineer for San Jose State University at NASA Ames in addition to work performed in his own company, Human Factors Investigation and Education. Prior to coming to OSU, he flew as a Captain with Comair Airlines (Delta Connection) for 10 years flying the Canadair CL-65 regional jetliner.

Shawn was extensively involved with both local and national safety work for the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) and held many national and local positions including Director of Human Factors, local safety committee Vice-Chair, and both Assistant Chief and Chief Accident Investigator for ALPA at Comair. He has also served on or co-chaired several national aviation working groups with the FAA. With ALPA, he has worked numerous accident investigations with the NTSB including the Comair 5191 Lexington, KY accident where he was ALPA’s principle human factors investigator. He was recently featured in the film documentary “Sole Survivor.”

 

 

 

 

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Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Milwaukee, St. John's On The Lake January 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.

PIlot Error screens at St. John's On The Lake January 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. with a discussion led by costar Deborah Staples and Producer Roger Rapoport.  This special event will highlight many of the Milwaukee locations featured in the film and offer an update on new FAA regulations that address one of the major airline training issues highlighted in the film.

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Washington D.C. University of District Columbia David A. Clarke Law School

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    Pilot Error, the up to the minute feature film inspired by the true story of a French airline missing in the Atlantic, plays Thursday November 17 at 6 p.m. at the University of District Columbia Law School. 

    This special event features a discussion led by two veteran aviation experts, Embry-Riddle Aviation University’s Dr. Gary Helmer and international pilot Mark Marinelli, former head of aviation standardization for the U.S. Army’s Air Operations Group.  They will be joined by the film’s producer and screenwriter Roger Rapoport. 

     The film, hailed as a “first class ticket” by the Milwaukee Journal, inspired by the disappearance of Air France 447 for 22 months, explores many of the questions being asked following the similar loss of another jet, Malaysia Air 370 in March 2014.     Pilots nationwide have welcomed Pilot Error’s nuanced and fair minded look at their profession. It argues that the number one safety system on any aircraft is a well trained pilot.

     Air France 447 was the first of three accidents since 2009 related to high altitude aerodynamic stalls in the intertropical convergence zone, a complex equatorial region subject to hazardous special weather conditions.  In 2014 Air Algerie and Air Asia both lost planes in similar convective storms.  These three tragedies took the lives of 506 passengers.

    Since Pilot Error’s release, the Federal Aviation Administration has mandated that pilots must retrain for high altitude approach to stall and stall recovery.  In addition, every airline simulator must be reprogrammed for this risk.  Some vigilant carriers, such as Alaska Airlines, have already completed these important upgrades well ahead of the FAA’s 2019 deadline.

    The feature stars award winning Michigan stage actress Kate Thomsen, making her screen debut, as investigative reporter Nicola Wilson.  She is determined to find out why a jet headed from South America to Paris disappeared in the Atlantic, taking her close friend and 211 other passengers with it. How, Wilson wants to know, can a plane just disappear?

    As Nicola digs deeper into this mystery she puts her job, friends and very livelihood on the line. Even though she knows nothing about aviation, refuses to fly and doesn't speak French, Nicola quickly uncovers astonishing details about the missing flight. Was it preventable? Has it happened before? Could it happen again? And was it PILOT ERROR?

    Dr. Helmer, who will lead a timely discussion following the film,  teaches numerous safety and aviation courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is joined by Marinelli who has more than 16 years of experience providing global transport to the nation's most senior military and civilian leadership.

    The film, which is appearing on over 200 screens in America and abroad this year, was cowritten by Rapoport with the feature’s director Joe Anderson.

    Thomsen has distinguished herself on numerous midwestern stages. A winner of a special Irene Ryan Award for her undergraduate work on the Kennedy Center stage, she earned her MFA at the University of California-Irvine. 

    Costarring Hollywood actors Richard Riehle (“Office Space”)  Robert Cicchini (“Godfather III” and “Waterwalk”),  and Larry Herron (“Modern Family”) the film was shot in Michigan, Wisconsin and Paris.

    Composer Garth Neustadter won an emmy at the age of 25 for his John Muir In The New World score.

    Pilot Error was edited by Gene Gamache, who has won many awards for his work on major studio film marketing campaigns and trailers ranging fromForrest Gump, to 12 Years A Slave and Birdman.  He also produced the documentaries Houdini and A Circus Life.

    Cinematographer David Darling worked with well-known Detroit director of photography Bruce Schermer, who shot most of Michael Moore’s Roger & Me and was cinematographer on Sundance grand prize winning Chameleon Street.

    Pilot Error follows up on the success of Rapoport’s first film Waterwalk,  shot in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri(2012), which has played at over 200 theaters nationwide.  That story, a father-son retracing of the Marquette/Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi, was filmed along the Fox, Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. 

    Pilot Error is based on six years of research and interviews with more than 200 pilots, airline executive, plane manufacturers, regulatory agencies and the team that found missing Air France 447 in the Atlantic.  The film offers audiences an inside look at the fate of pilots unfortunately kept in the dark about failed automation.

    “Top airline training pilots speaking at our events have been warmly received by audiences trying to understand how, in the most interconnected moment in human history, it’s never been easier to hide the truth,” says Rapoport.

 

About The Event:

Pilot Error screens at 6 p.m. Thursday November 17 at the University of District Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law School (Van Ness Metro), 4340 Connecticut Ave. Room 518.  For more information on UDC Law School contact Joe Libertelli at (202) 724-7338. jlibertelli@udc.edu.  For more information on Pilot Error or to an arrange an interview with speaker Dr. Gary Helmer contact Roger Rapoport at (231) 720-0930 or rogerdrapoport@me.com.                                                                                                      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608590626103576/The film’s trailer is at 

About the Speakers:

Dr. Gary Helmer is an assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he teaches numerous safety and aviation courses.  He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Behavior/Development, masters' degrees in Business Administration ‐ Aviation, Aviation and Aerospace Safety Systems and Aviation and Aerospace Management, and Industrial Technology Engineering ‐ Safety Management. Dr. Helmer is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) (Emeritus), Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) (Emeritus), Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO), Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and an Aviation Safety Program Manager (ASPM).  He is on the Board of Advisors to the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP); and serves on the Ethics Committee of the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC). He proudly served in the United States Army as a helicopter flight standardization instructor pilot, retiring in 1994 as a Master Army Aviator with over 23 years in uniform.

 

Mark Marinelli is an independent G550/G450/GV International Captain providing world-wide safe and professional customer-service oriented service. He has served in a wide variety of positions to include rotary wing and fixed wing instructor pilot, flight operations officer, aviation maintenance officer, and chief of aviation standardization for the United States Army's Air Operations Group in Washington, DC. He has more than 16 years of experience providing global transport to the nation's most senior military and civilian leadership. His professional safety record coupled with his positive attitude and abundant energy has earned him top assignments and awards throughout his career. Mark’s vast experience at different levels of management/command have afforded him the ability to view from the top down and analyze the training and operational requirements of a large flight department.

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Aug
6
1:00 PM13:00

Normal Public Library, Normal, Illinois W/ Costar Deborah Staples and Producer Roger Rapoport

Co-star Deborah Staples, Producer Roger Rapoport and a veteran airline pilot will appear at a post film discussion.  Staples,is currently starring in Hamlet at Illinois Repertory Theater here at Illinois State University.  Rapoport will offer an update on the FAA's decision to mandate new high altitude stall training for every airline pilot in the wake of the accident that inspired this drama.  Details at: 309-452-1757 www.normalpl.org

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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

DALLAS FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM

Veteran accident investigator and Flight Safety Information editor John Darbo joins producer/screenwriter for Pilot Error's Texas Premiere at 7 p.m., Saturday May 14.  There is a special VIP reception at 5:30 with light refreshments. VIP guests will receive an autographed DVD and poster.  This special event screen includes an opportunity for all guests to visit one of the nation's premiere aviation museums prior to the screening.  Details at the museum website  or call (214) 350-3600.  The museum is located adjacent to Dallas Love Field.  During the discussion Rapoport will discuss new high altitude approach to stall and stall recovery training being mandated by the FAA and the European Air Safety Agency in the wake of three airline crashes attributed to cruise altitude stalls since 2009. 

Over the past seven years there have been three high altitude airlines stalls over the South Atlantic (Air France, 2009), the Java Sea (Air Asia, 2014)  and in Mali (Air Algerie, 2014)  that have led to crashes taking the lives of 506 people. Approach to stall and stall recovery training for these aircraft at cruise altitude had been based criteria based on designing test standards rather than actual real world flight procedures.  In addition there was an assumption that an actual stall at cruise altitude in a transport airplane was extremely unlikely.  In all three cases high altitude convective storms disrupted normal flight and the aircraft entered aerodynamic stalls.  Although all three aircraft were flown by highly experienced crews none of the pilots had been trained how to recognize high altitude stalls. In addition none of these veteran pilots had received training on how to recover from stalls at cruise altitude. 

A review of accident data shows that only a few well trained test pilots had the training necessary to recover from these stalls.  Following several accidents and after considerable study FAA saw the need for more robust stall training and began collecting the data necessary in flight to accomplish this.  These cruise altitude stall tests and related data supplied independently demonstrated that industry wide simulator training for approach to stall and stall recovery at high altitude was modeled incorrectly.  The FAA, the European Air Safety Agency as well as regulatory agencies in Canada and Australia and other countries are correcting the problem by requiring that all air carriers reprogram their simulators so pilots can be correctly trained on approach to stall and stall recovery.  The FAA announced the new flight simulator regulation March 30, effective May 31.  The simulator training upgrades must be completed by 2019.  It is anticipated that carriers worldwide will implement this requirement when it is mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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May
7
2:00 PM14:00

Pasadena Public Library

Pilot Error's Southern California premiere features star Kate Thomsen along with her costars Richard Riehle, Larry Herron and Robert Cicchini as well as editor Gene Gamache and Pasadena composer Garth Neustadter.  This special event will also include a discussion with MD-11 Captain Shem Malmquest, a veteran international aviation accident investigator.  He will lead a discussion on the story of Air France 447, the plane that inspired this feature.  

For more information on this event contact the library at 285 East Walnut Street Pasadena (626) 744-4066 or visit their website. Autographed DVDs will be available at this event. 

Over the past seven years there have been three high altitude airlines stalls over the South Atlantic (Air France, 2009), the Java Sea (Air Asia, 2014)  and in Mali (Air Algerie, 2014)  that have led to crashes taking the lives of 506 people. Approach to stall and stall recovery training for these aircraft at cruise altitude had been based criteria based on designing test standards rather than actual real world flight procedures.  In addition there was an assumption that an actual stall at cruise altitude in a transport airplane was extremely unlikely.  In all three cases high altitude convective storms disrupted normal flight and the aircraft entered aerodynamic stalls.  Although all three aircraft were flown by highly experienced crews none of the pilots had been trained how to recognize high altitude stalls. In addition none of these veteran pilots had received training on how to recover from stalls at cruise altitude.  A review of accident data shows that only a few well trained test pilots had the training necessary to recover from these stalls. 

Following several accidents and after considerable study FAA saw the need for more robust stall training and began collecting the data necessary in flight to accomplish this.  These cruise altitude stall tests and related data supplied independently demonstrated that industry wide simulator training for approach to stall and stall recovery at high altitude was modeled incorrectly.  The FAA, the European Air Safety Agency as well as regulatory agencies in Canada and Australia and other countries are correcting the problem by requiring that all air carriers reprogram their simulators so pilots can be correctly trained on approach to stall and stall recovery.  The FAA announced the new flight simulator regulation effective May 31.  The simulator training upgrades must be completed by 2019.  It is anticipated that carriers worldwide will implement this requirement when it is mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

CHICAGO AREA SCREENING ARLINGTON HEIGHTS MEMORIAL LIBRARY APRIL 5

 

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS MEMORIAL LIBRARY (CHICAGO AREA) SCREENING APRIL 5 WITH TRAINING PILOT ROBERT HESSELBEIN 

Pilot Error's Chief Technical Consultant Robert Hesselbein will lead an audience discussion following this special Chicago area Pilot Error screening at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  Hesselbein, former head of the Airline Pilots Association’s National Security Committee, is a trained military and civilian accident investigator. A 28 year veteran at Northwest and Delta Airlines, he has also flown military jet fighters and helicopters.  Hesselbein has just finished serving as the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association President and continues to lead the effort to emplace a memorial within Arlington National Cemetery dedicated to helicopter crews lost in the Vietnam War.  The screening will be introduced by Dan Sutherland, who teaches film production and critical studies at Columbia College in Chicago. Arlington Heights Memorial Library 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910 Tel: 847-392-0100.    Autographed DVDs will be available at this event. 

 

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Sun 'n Fun Lakeland Florida Opening Night

A special Sun 'n Fun opening night event features a post film conversation with  MD 11 Captain and international veteran accident investigator Shem Malmquist. He will be joined by producer/screenwriter, Roger Rapoport  One of the world's largest air shows attracting more than 200,000 visitors, this special outdoor event at the Pavillion is sponsored by the Aerospace Center for Excellence.  Autographed DVDs will be available at this event. Rapoport and Malmquist will discuss brand new high altitude stall recognition and stall recovery procedures every pilot must know.  They will also be at Sun 'n Fun on Wednesday April 6.  Contact them directly at 231 720-0930 or email rogerdrapoport@me.com. All proceeds benefit the Center's outstanding training programs.  Visit the Sun 'n Fun website.  4175 Medulla Rd. Lakeland, FL 33811  Phone: 863-644-2431  Email:  fly-info@sun-n-fun.org  

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Nov
3
to Nov 4

West Lafayette, Indiana Wabash Landing 9 November 3 and 4

Special Pilot Error screenings with pilot led talkbacks. These November 3 and 4 events at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. will explore the multiple factors leading to the Air France 447 accident which inspired this feature.   Experts will also offer up to date information two other related crashes in 2014.   They will explain why pilots worldwide need to be retrained on the special weather conditions that led to the loss of all three planes taking the lives of 506 people.   For more details visit the theater website or call 765 743-6206.   Don't miss these exciting science at the cinema events.

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Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, October 22

Aerospace Center For Excellence CEO John Leethouts and Executive Director Robb Williams will join Embry Riddle University meteorology professor Debbie Schaum and filmmaker Roger Rapoport for a special talkback on the event that inspired this film, Air France 447.  They will also discuss still missing Malaysia Air 370.   Home of the Annual Sun'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, the Aerospace Center is a central Florida mecca for aviations.  The Polk Theater at 121 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland can be reached at 863-682-7553.  Tickets $8 for adults $6 for students and seniors. Details at the theater website

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Sep
23
to Sep 27

Gard Theater, Spring Green, Wisconsin September 23 and 27

Costar Deborah Staples and chief aviation consultant Robert Hesselbein will host this special Gard Theater screening September 23 at 7 p.m. and September 27 at 1 p.m.  There will also be a special meet and greet with Hesselbein and Staples at Arcadia Books across the street from the theater at 6 p.m. on September 23.  Staples is currently starring  in the American Players Theater productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Private Lives.  A veteran airline training pilot and accident investigator, Hesselbein lives in the Madison area.  He has chaired the Airline Pilots Association's security committee and will explain the accident that inspired Pilot Error, Air France 447.  Hesselbein will also answer questions about the eerily similar disappearance of Malaysia Air 370.  You can see Deborah's WTMJ interview here  and her interview with WUWM's Bonnie North  as well as Graham Kileen's article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The wonderful Gard Theater is at 111 East Jefferson Street, Spring Green.  (608) 588-9007. mscoles@greenwaymanor.net
 

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Sep
23
to Sep 25

Ann Arbor Quality 16 September 23 and 24 Michigan Daily 125th Anniversary Event

These special screenings coincide with the University of Michigan Daily's 125th anniversary.   Nicola Wilson, the investigative reporter at the heart of Pilot Error is a former Michigan Daily editor, just like filmmaker Roger Rapoport who will be on hand with cast and crew for talkbacks following screenings on September 23 at 7 p.m. and 24 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.. William Rhodes, director of training and flight standards at Kalitta Air will also appear at these special events.  The film features well known Ann Arbor area actors Julia Glander, Alex Leydenfrost and Michael Brian Ogden along with University of Michigan student Danielle Cohn and many local extras.  Pilot Error was filmed on location at Willow Run Airport, Eastern Michigan University, Quinn Tyler architects, Kalitta Air and many other locations across Michigan.  More details at the Quality 16 website 734 827-2863

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Sep
14
to Sep 16

Elk River Cinema Twin Cities, Minnesota Premiere September 14 & 16

Pilot Error comes to the Minnesota Twin Cities area September 14 and 16.  These Marcus Elk River Cinema events 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. feature tailbacks with filmmaker Roger Rapoport. Convenient to the Minneapolis-St. Paul community, all four events will offer an inside look at the Air France 447 event that inspired this film as well as the eerily similar story of Malaysia Air 370.  For more details visit the  Elk River Cinema website.   570 Freeport, Elk River in the Elk River Mall. (763) 441-1954. Don't miss these exclusive Minnesota premiere events only at Elk River Cinema. 

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Aug
25
to Aug 27

Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall, Michigan August 25, 26 and 27

Special screenings of Pilot Error are set for one of our favorite film locations, the beautiful White Lake area.  We'll be providing a map so that you can visit these key spots in the film before or after the screening.  Don't miss this special event Whitehall homecoming event that will feature key cast and the producer/screenwriter.  Details at the Howmet theater website or by calling  (231) 894-4048   Screenings at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by audience talkbacks on August 25 with Muskgon actress Diane Van Wesep on August 26 and 27 with filmmaker Roger Rapoport.   Star Kate Thomsen was discovered by the producer on the Howmet stage in 39 steps.  She is joined by well known Howmet actors Joe Carmolli, Robert Chessman and Joe Carmolli.  

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Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

CAMEO CINEMA ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA AUGUST 17 WINE RECEPTION, Q & A WITH CO STAR RICHARD RIEHLE AND PILOT CLINT FEREDAY

Pilot Error costar Richard Riehle (Office Space, Glory, Free Willy, Bridesmaids, Casino, Ferris Bueller, Grounded For Life) and a veteran training pilot will appear at special event screenings in St. Helena, California August 17 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. During the wine reception and Q & A Riehle, who began his Hollywood career with John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn,  will discuss his role as newspaper editor Roy Grimm and answer questions on other career highlights.  Also appearing is veteran airline training pilot Clint Fereday who now flies business jets for Kendall Jackson Winery. He will speak about the accident that inspired the film, Air France 447 and the latest news on eerily similar Malaysia Air 370. For details visit  the theater website or call (707) 963-3946.   Don't miss this special wine country screening in beautiful St. Helena.  It's our California premiere. 

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Jul
25
3:30 PM15:30

Knickerbocker Theater, Holland Michigan Homecoming Event

Star Kate Thomsen, Costars Jennifer Jelsema, Chip Duford and Susan Ericksen, Craig Powers and Director Joe Anderson will be joined by a veteran airline pilot for this special  homecoming event.  Thomsen, a graduate of Holland High School,  was cast for the lead role of Nicola Wilson while performing at Hope Summer Repertory Theater two years ago with Duford and Ericksen who are both currently appearing at the famed summer theater.  Jelsema, a veteran stage and film actress lives in Holland. Key scenes in the film were shot nearby at Toulouse Restaurant in Saugatuck.  The film's executive producer Robert Goodrich owns the Holland 7 theater.  More information visit the  Knickerbocker Theater  online or call (231) 616-395-7890

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Jul
17
to Jul 26

Oshkosh Cinema Special Events Through July 26

Pilot Error is attracting big crowds during the world's largest aviation event, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture Show.  The film plays at Oshkosh Cinema through July 26.  The film screens daily at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:45 p.m. on July 23 and at 10:10 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. on July 24, 25 and 26  For general bookings choose date and showtimes on the Marcus Website.

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Jun
28
3:00 PM15:00

Michigan Theater, Jackson June 28, 3 P.M.

Å special talkback with airline pilots James O'Sullivan and John Feldvary follows our screening at the historic Michigan Theater in Jackson.  One of the state's grand movie palaces this memorable venue is an architectural gem near key Pilot Error locations in Willow Run, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Convenient to southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Theater is easily accessed via I-94 and Amtrak.  Te film plays on the theater's new state of the art digital projection system.  The Michigan is located at 124 N. Mechanic Street, Jackson.  (517 783-0811.  Visit the theater website for details. 

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Jun
26
to Jun 28

Harbor Cinema Homecoming Event

Pilot Error returns home to Muskegon for these special summer events featuring filmmakers, local cast and crew.  Screenings are at 4:40 and 6:50.  Shot right here in west Michigan, the film showcases outstanding local actors Kate Thomsen, Jennifer Jelsema, Craig Powers, Kimerbly Harsch,  Diane Van Wesep, Judy Johnson, Jacqui Bernhardt, Kurt Schroeder,  Robyn Hairston, and Salancia Crowley-Picard.  Cinematographer David Darling, Director Joe Anderson and Producer Screenwriter  are all based here in West Michigan.  Many prominent locations along the lakeshore are featured.  For more details visit the theater website  or call 231 720-0930.  Filmmmaker Roger Rapoport will introduce screenings on Friday and Saturday afternoon. 

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Jun
16
to Jun 17

Lyric Cinema Cafe Fort Collins, Colorado June 16 and 17

Pilot Error's Colorado premiere features a pilot led talkback.  The Lyric is a wonderful venue, More information at the theater's website or call 970 493-0893.    Here is how the Lyric describes itself. 

The Lyric is what some would call a quaint twin theater. Funky, maze-like and unique. It started as an idea that two guys had and saw no reason not to pursue. Both from Fort Collins, both knew as little about opening a theater as anyone else in town, but recognized that if they didn’t open it, someone else would. If you look hard, you can actually see blood stains and indents in the walls from all the injuries these legendary men accrued during the construction of this theater.

If you are expecting a multiplex with a 30 foot screen, stadium seating and DTS surround sound, you will be disappointed. What we offer is the chance to see a new smaller movie (that will never come to the bigger theaters), sit on a couch, drink a glass of wine or beer, enjoy some good finger foods and relax. We think of The Lyric as our living room, where we watch  good movies and invite the rest of Fort Collins to join us, and hopefully you will eventually trust our taste in movies and come no matter what’s playing.

Of course, if you aren’t a movie person, couldn’t care less about independent and foreign films and just want a spot to hang out, we highly recommend Starbucks…and if you don’t like that conglomerate chain atmosphere and need something less trendy and billion-dollar-corporationy, well, The Lyric Cafe might just hit the spot. We serve beer, wine, coffee, tea, bubble tea, finger foods, baked goods (our baker,Puffin Pastry, bakes a mean pie), sandwiches… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Not only that, we happen to be game nuts, so we have an assortment of games to enjoy while you aren’t enjoying a movie.

 

 

THE CAFÉ

The most common question we get at The Lyric is “How does this work?” I figure this is because we have a cafe as well as a theater. Kinda throws people for a loop. Well, the way it works is the cafe is a cafe, we serve food, drinks and a nice atmosphere to hang out in, but, in addition, you can treat it as if it were a movie theater concessions stand and buy what you want and head into one of the theaters. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. If you don’t have 2 hours to commit to a movie, you don’t have to, if you do and want to see something with a beer and a hummus plate, then go right ahead.

We are in the middle of switching to an all-local menu! We recently revamped our entire menu to bring you delectable treats like our 1554 bratwurst served with local sauerkraut, an antipasto plate, and delicious delicious bagel sandwiches and paninis!

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May
18
to May 19

Washington D.C. Area, Cinema Arts Fairfax, Virginia May 18 & 19

Pilot Error's Washington D.C. area premiere will feature pilot Kristine Hartzell, aviation accident safety analyst David Kenny and producer/screenwriter Roger Rapoport.  Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  

Hartzell, who will lead talkbacks on May 19,  is chief pilot and flight instructor at the Airline Pilots Association Foundation's Air Safety Institute.  She oversees ASI’s live safety seminars and flight instructor refresher courses (in-person and online e-FIRC)

Hartzell holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she attained her private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, CFI, CFII and MEI certificates.

Prior to her time at AOPA she was an airline pilot, charter, and private pilot holding type ratings in the Airbus A320, Canadair Regional Jet, Jetstream BAe3201, and flew as a check airman in a Piaggio Avanti II.  Kristine held positions of Chief Pilot under part 135 operations as well as Check Airman and Manager of Human Factors in part 121 air carriers.  She also assisted in the certification process for two air carriers (a part 121 airline and part 135 charter operator), writing manuals and representing the carriers in FAA table-top exams and flying proving runs to earn operating certificates.

Talkbacks on May 18 will be led by David Kenny,  Manager of Aviation Safety Analysis for the Air Safety Institute.  In addition to conducting ongoing statistical analysis of general aviation accidents, he is the principal author of the Nall Report (the industry’s most comprehensive summary of GA safety) and a regular contributor to five AOPA publications.  He holds a fixed-wing airline transport pilot certificate with commercial privileges for helicopter and has 2,000 hours of flight experience, much of it transporting rescue dogs as a volunteer for Pilots N Paws. 

Up to the minute news on major breakthroughs in long range transoceanic weather forecasting will be part of these special programs.  Look for more details at the theater website or call 703-978-6961

 

  

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Harbor Cinema, Muskegon, Michigan Richard Riehle In Person May 2

Celebrated Hollywood Actor Richard Riehle will appear at this special hometown Pilot Error event at Muskegon's Harbor Cinema.   He'll talk about his role as newspaper editor Roy Grimm in Pilot Error as well as the turtle hunter in Waterwalk also produced here in Muskegon.   Riehle, best known for his role in Office Space has appeared in more than 200 films including Bridesmaids, The Fugitive and Free Willy as well as the television series Ground For Life.  Don't miss this special event that will also feature other Pilot Error cast members and members of the production team.  Order tickets at the theater website call 231 755-2821.

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Apr
17
to Apr 20

Chicago Premiere, Gene Siskel Film Center, April 17 and April 20

Special Chicago premiere screenings are set for Friday April 17 at 8:15 p.m. and Monday April 20 at 7:45 p.m.  Talkbacks with star Kate Thomsen, producer/screenwriter Roger Rapoport and a veteran airline training pilot Robert Hesselbein will follow the April 17 screening.  Monday night's talkback with a veteran pilot and Rapoport will be in the gallery/cafe. The Gene Siskel Theater of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is at 164 N. State Street in downtown Chicago.  Call (312) 846 2800.  Visit the theater's Website  .

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Apr
10
to Apr 16

VIllage 8 Louisville, Kentucky April 10-16

Our Kentucky Premiere featuring a veteran pilot led talkback will kick off a week long run at the Village 8 Theaters April 10-16.  A pilot led talkback will take place on Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11.  Producer/screenwriter Roger Rapoport will be at these events.   More details at  http://village8.com/comingsoon.htm  Office Line: (502) 894-8697
Movie Line: (502) 897-1870

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Mar
30
4:00 PM16:00

Milwaukee Area Premiere: Ridge Cinema, New Berlin March 30

Pilot Error's Milwaukee area premieres at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  features a talkback led by veteran airline  training pilot and accident analyst Michael Hahn along with costar, celebrated Milwaukee actress Deborah Staples, and producer/screenwriter Roger Rapoport.  For more details visit the theater website or call 262 797-0889. 

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