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Posted by Jolly on June 30, 2014


Avia buzzes Above and Beyond crew

Here's an update sent from Nancy Spielberg about the release of "Above and Beyond."  It's a film about the birth of the Israeli Air Force after WW II.  The film will debut at the Jerusalem International film festival on Tuesday, July 15th at 5pm.  Two weeks later, it will come to the US at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, July 27th at 7pm.  Read Nancy Spielberg's e-mail below.

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Dear Friends of Above and Beyond:

I'm thrilled to announce the completion of Above and Beyond!! 
Appropriately, Above and Beyond will screen at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. The screening will be in a prime spot during the opening week of the festival, on Tuesday, July 15th at 5pm. Tickets may be purchased here, starting June 27th. I will be in Jerusalem for the screening and hope to see you there!
Two weeks later, the film flies across the Atlantic to have its U.S. premiere during the opening weekend of the prestigious San Francisco Jewish Film Festival! The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the oldest and largest Jewish film festival in the world, and programmers from around the globe attend to see the best in Jewish film. Above and Beyond will screen on Sunday, July 27th at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased here. I will be there along with my team, director Roberta Grossman, writer Sophie Sartain, editor Chris Callister and associate producer July Hodara. 

The film will also screen in Palo Alto and Berkeley as part of the festival run.
Please be sure to email me if you plan to attend any of these screenings!

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After Jerusalem and San Francisco, Above and Beyond will begin to make its way around the country and the world.

The film's website will launch very soon and screenings will be announced there. We'll also send emails from time to time keeping you posted on where the film is playing.

Thank you so much for all your support for Above and Beyond.  We could never have gotten off the ground without you!

Nancy Spielberg

 July 2013 Update:

Dear friends:
The Above and Beyond crew just returned from a successful shoot outside of London. We went to the UK to shoot at the historic Duxford Airbase where there are period runways, hangars and vintage airplanes.  

Working with scholars and aerial consultants, we filmed footage of several of the planes that are part of the IAF 1948 story. After scouring the globe for a flying Avia, we came up empty handed. An almost identical cousin is the Bouchon which, as you can see below, we painted with period IAF markings.
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The Above and Beyond Crew films Avia Aerials
Thanks to an incredibly generous in-kind donation of services from George Lucas' special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, we will be combining our live footage with computer generated imagery of flying planes. Working with the top film special effects company in the world (responsible for Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and hundreds of other top Hollywood films) is very exciting.We hope that visual effects will help expose audiences of all ages to this story of the birth of the State of Israel.
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Fly boys and Avia
We have started editing and are on track for our goal completion date of Spring 2014. Fundraising for the film continues successfully. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to the film, please click here

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Roberta Grossman (director) and Nancy Spielberg (producer) on Duxford set
I am so very grateful for your support and partnership in the making ofAbove and Beyond.
Best Regards,
Nancy Spielberg



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Posted by Jolly on
From Walt:

My fellow fighter pilot, this was another example of the truly good work you and your staff do. I thank you profoundly! I have to wonder why ,over the 58 years of being a part of fighter aviation, I had never heard of this important event in history! Thanks again for your interesting and informative stories. Walt Harrison, Col.USAF Ret.
Posted by jimblack120 on
WOW- what a glimpse of history !! a Jewish pilot sitting in a ME-109 fighting off the army of Egypt- i am already sold -- i want to thank you Jolly @ F U- for the heads up- and to Nancy and Roberta - cant wait to see the movie ! IT is so rare to go to a ( movie ) here in America - and walk out a more informed and educated human being..
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