Filmmaker Adam White has completed production on his new film “Rise Above,” which is being produced by Hemlock Films for the Red Tail Squadron. The film, about the Tuskegee Airmen, will be shown in a mobile theater, complete with a 170° curved screen to put you in the airplane.
The Tuskegee Airmen, the educational focus of the film, were the first African-American fighter pilots who trained and fought during World War II.
The Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron’s mission is to bring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen into every classroom in America. The first step to doing this was to restore a P-51 Mustang fighter plane and paint it in the Tuskegee Airmen’s colors, with a bright red tail. The next step was to create the “Rise Above” mobile educational trailer to teach and inspire.
“Rise Above” puts the viewer in the backseat of the red-tailed P-51 Mustang. From engine startup through acrobatic maneuvers, visitors will be in the next best thing to actually flying in a Mustang, according to producers.
The mobile theater is being constructed with an 8 ft X 48 ft screen, curved 170° around the audience. With the mobile theater’s “beyond HD” projection system and 5.1-surround sound, the experience will be one of a kind, producers promise. The “Rise Above” vehicle will travel the country starting at the end of this month, visiting schools, youth groups, air shows, and to places where they would enjoy the inspirational and educational experience. The mobile theater will be on the road for 40 weeks out of the year, premiering at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, which is July 25-31.
“Rise Above” is partially inspired by Hemlock Films’ Emmy winning PBS film “Red Tail Reborn,” which also highlights the Tuskegee Airmen and the Red Tail Squadron.
Hemlock Films is an award-winning company specializing in film & HD production. Founded in 1999, it is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. “Rise Above” Director Adam White is joined by Kara Martinelli as Producer, Keith Phillip Nickoson with musical score, and narration by Michael Dorn of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame.