Coming Home: Celebrating the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 2017

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

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Hilary Prentice

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Coming Home - Celebrating the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 2017 is a stirring celebration of America’s first female military pilots, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). It is a living History, a tribute and exploration into the courage of these women.

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Mission Statement

Led by a female director & crew, our project highlights our long-forgotten WWII female aviators, often left out of the WWII narrative entirely, & simultaneously adds women in uniform to our cultural dialogue, so young boys and girls around the world will know these women for the heroes they are.

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Coming Home - Celebrating the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 2017 is a portrait of the last surviving World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), a moving memorial tribute to their service to their country, and a stirring celebration of their fierce determination that went against the tide of their times. Time has lent these women, most of whom are in their mid to late 90s, a perspective of their past unequalled in its significance on women’s history. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend at the National WASP WWII Museum at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX, Coming Home introduces the audience to eleven WASP who have made the journey from all over the country for this celebration. 

 

We hear from our remarkable women what it was like to leave home for the first time as a young woman in America in 1943; what it was like to solo in a military aircraft for the first time; about the perils of night-flying and equipment malfunction; and what it was like to find love - and lose a love in war time. Hearing these women tell their stories, with their matter-of-fact sensibilities, vocabulary from a different era, and their wonderful humor, we experience a group of women pushing the boundaries of society, without consciously trying. We feel the spunk and gusto that our first female military aviators still possess today, and what must have propelled them beyond society’s expectations of “normal” during the 1940s.

Against the backdrop of a Memorial Day celebration, we also see the impact these women of “the Greatest Generation” have had on the next generations. The keynote speaker, Former U.S. Fighter Pilot and 9/11 Hero Heather Penney, pays tribute to the women who came before her. The WASP are escorted throughout the weekend by young servicemen and servicewomen. We experience their arrival with a formal salute from the servicemen and women, followed by cheers and applause by the crowd that has come to witness the weekend celebration. It is an emotional moment with the WASP, their children and family members, and the community of people who have gathered to show their gratitude for the sacrifices the WASP made in service to their country. Men, women, and children of all ages descend upon the National WASP WWII Museum to shake the hands of these women, have them sign books they have authored, witness a WASP having an imprint of her hands taken, and fly in restored airplanes from WWII.

Finally, we experience a moving memorial service for the 38 WASP who died in the line of duty, but at the time of their deaths, they received no military burial, no flag for their families. That is rectified at this Memorial Service, and we then experience a military funeral ceremony for WASP Marty Wyall, who died this past spring. A flag is presented by Colonel Sunny Cool to Marty’s daughter, and Marty’s ashes are spread on Avenger Field while the crowd is silent. Through the voices of the WASP who are in attendance, along with some of the children of the WASP, we feel connected to this memorial service for Marty Wyall; like we got to know her in a way. We feel the love for her that is present in the crowd in attendance, through the music played by the marching band, and the military gospel singers. We hope that her service will be remembered, recognized, and appreciated by our country, along with our eleven WASP who have taken us on this journey in Coming Home.

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About This Team

Academy Award-Nominated Creator/Director

MATIA ANNE KARRELL

Matia Karrell directed the 1989 Academy Award Nominated short film, CADILLAC DREAMS. In 2001, she directed her first feature length film, BEHIND THE RED DOOR on location in Newfoundland. In 2003, BEHIND THE RED DOOR premiered on Showtime Network, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kyra Sedgwick, and Stockard Channing. RED DOOR took first prize for Best Feature Film Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2002 and was a finalist in the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Awards. Her second feature, ONCE UPON A WEDDING, was released in 2005 and had its television premiere on Showtime. Ms Karrell is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. She was awarded the prestigious John Wells Directing Fellowship and the ABC/ DISNEY Directing Fellowship. Among her television credits are THE WEST WING and ARMY WIVES. Matia Karrell is a film instructor in the Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. See examples of Matia’s film Behind the Red Door here: https://vimeo.com/204710913 and her award winning Cadillac Dreams here: https://vimeo.com/204711299. View her demo reel at www.matiakarrell.com/demoreel.mov, and her IMDB page at http://www.imdb.me/matiakarrell

 

Producer

HILARY PRENTICE

Hilary Prentice has been in production for over 15 years, assisting the producers of GO before producing writer/director Jim MacDonald’s first film, HEAVY LIFTING which garnered multiple awards across the festival circuit. Prentice is also producing the Indy film THE BOY ON THE BUS, which is in development, for the The Red Door Films. Recently, Prentice assisted Karrell on the Indy film THE TALE, starring Laura Dern. In addition to Film and TV, Prentice is currently producing a webseries airing weekly on the online lifestyle site Prohbtd, as well as promo videos for companies and nonprofits. A graduate of Dartmouth College with honors, Prentice received a Dickey Fellowship to study theatre in London and co-founded Dartmouth’s first student run television station. Her short film, SISTERS, was accepted into the All-Ivy Film festival. 

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