DAYTON, Ohio — Actor — and pilot — Anthony Edwards has been added to a pair of film industry luminaries participating in the Air Force Museum Theatre’s special presentation of TOP GUN 3D on Saturday, April 13, in Dayton, Ohio.
Edwards, who played the role of Navy Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in the 1986 Paramount Pictures blockbuster, will co-present the screening with pilot Clay Lacy, the film’s aerial cinematographer, and Barry Sandrew, Ph. D., founder of Legend3D, the company that recently converted TOP GUN into digital 3D from its original 35mm film format.
Two rare theatrical screenings of TOP GUN 3D are among 11 aviation films shown as part of the First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation, April 12-14. The Reel Stuff Film Festival serves as the grand re-opening of the Air Force Museum Foundation’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art 400-seat giant screen theater. The event is attracting cinema and aviation buffs from across North America, according to officials.
A second screening of TOP GUN 3D will conclude the festival on Sunday, April 14, and features the return of Dr. Sandrew co-presenting with retired Navy Capt. Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, a former “Top Gun” fighter pilot and retired five-time Shuttle astronaut. An audience Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow each show.
Edwards is equally known for his award-winning portrayal of Dr. Mark Greene on the hit series, “ER.” In addition to TOP GUN, he has starred in over 20 features and numerous television shows and has directed several more.
Edwards is also an Emmy award winning producer and his next producing project is the documentary film SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR, about military veterans returning from war and assimilating back into society. He recently made his return to series television with ABC’s adventure-drama, “Zero Hour.”
The upcoming August release of PLANES from Disney Animation will feature Edwards and TOP GUN co-star Val Kilmer as the voices of two F-18’s characterized in the animated film. Edwards, a licensed pilot who flies as much as he can, currently lives in New York City with his wife and four children.
The Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation includes a diverse lineup of aviation features such as a digitally re-mastered version of the 1927 silent classic, WINGS, presented by William Wellman, Jr., son of the film’s late director; MEMPHIS BELLE, presented by producer Catherine Wyler; and FIRST IN FLIGHT, a Midwest premier presented by producer Tara Tucker and director Brandon Hess.
Among documentaries and other special presentations will be THE RESTORERS, the pilot episode of a public television series presented by director Adam White and producer Kara Martinelli; a re-mastered episode of the original Milton Caniff STEVE CANYON television series, presented by producer and film restorer John Ellis; and AIR RACERS 3D, the first giant screen format film to focus on the famed Reno Air Races, presented by director/writer Christian Fry.
The complete list of films and presenters, screening schedule, and festival ticket information is available at AirForceMuseum.com.