I suggest you make plans to see Living in the Age of Airplanes. Better yet, take some non-pilot friends and go see it together. Then go out to dinner so you can talk about the movie.
Living in the Age of Airplanes is from the director that made 2005’s One Six Right, Brian J. Terwilliger. But unlike One Six Right, Living in the Age of Airplanes isn’t for pilots, it’s for everyone else.
“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said Terwilliger. “But our perception of crossing continents and oceans at 500 mph has turned from fascination to frustration. I want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”
I watched a screening of Living in the Age of Airplanes in the EAA Museum while at AirVenture. Terwilliger introduced the film.
For 200,000 years, humans moved as fast as they could walk, and no faster. Then came boats, trains and automobiles. It wasn’t until aircraft that distant lands came closer.
Today, from the window of just about any airplane, we can glimpse more land than most people saw in their lifetime just a few hundred years ago.
So yeah, this film looks at the BIG picture.
Our everyday life is heavily influenced by the airplane’s impact. Airplanes makes the modern world work.
Following the screening, Terwilliger hosted a question and answer session.
“It should be shown in every classroom,” remarked a fellow viewer to Terwilliger. That comment drew strong applause.
A pilot himself, Terwilliger went to great lengths to cast the planes in a proper supporting role. Airplanes – to the non-pilot – are about reuniting with loved ones, casting away on a long overdue vacation, buying fresh flowers or fruit, and conducting business. Airplanes are about everything except flying.
The film was shot in 95 locations in 18 countries and all seven continents, and is a cinematic masterpiece.
It concludes with a mesmerizing global view of Flight Aware data showing aircraft moving around the planet on July 24, 2014.
To find a theater near you, go to AirplanesMovie.com/find-a-theatre.