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Lakeland director’s film encourages girls and women to pursue aviation careers

Lakeland filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt made her directorial debut with her documentary “Fly Like a Girl” in 2019 when the film hit the festival circuit, including the Sarasota Film Festival. Now, it has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and will be available for wide release on-demand and in select theaters starting Oct. 9.

The documentary is about females in aviation, from pilots to an airport operations manager, professionals in the aerospace industry and young women aspiring to be astronauts, like Taylor Richardson.

A few of the women featured include retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott; Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, recognized by the Department of Defense as the United State’s first African-American female combat pilot; and Shaesta Waiz, who made history by becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft and as the first female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan.

The interview subjects tell their stories,

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‘Fly Like A Girl’ Explores Women Thriving In The Male-Dominated World Of Aviation

Filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt’s inspiring new film, Fly Like a Girl, explores the world of women in aviation through a series of intimate interviews from some of the most legendary women in the industry and the next generation of little girls who are ready to fly.

The heartfelt stories shared by some of the living legends in the field, as well as women just beginning to make a name for themselves, all center around a similar shared struggle. Although airplanes and space shuttles don’t care about your gender, the rest of the world still discriminates against women in aviation. From United States Senator Tammy Duckworth who served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot sharing her story of being much more limited than her male counterparts in requesting to engage in most military combat, to three-time U.S.

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