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Documentary Film "Flyabout" to Screen November 2010

By Staff
posted Oct 24, 2010, 08:53

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Documentary film "Flyabout" (2006) by filmmaker Monika Petrillo will be screening November 2010 at the 3rd Annual Film Festival of Aviation, which will take place in Dayton, Ohio (Nov. 5-6, 2010).

Synopsis

Monika Petrillo has never been a person to postpone her dreams. So at 24 she decided to get a pilot's license. A year later, her father surprised her by learning to fly as well. As the movie begins, they take off together to circumnavigate the continent of Australia.

The only woman pilot in a group of eleven people, Monika experiences the true freedom of flight above one of the most untouched places on earth. As she becomes exposed to Australian culture, she learns about the Walkabout, a spiritual journey the Aborigines have valued for tens of thousands of years. That inspires her to use this trip to take stock of her own spiritual household. The first step toward that end is to relax. But that proves much more difficult than she thought: a tight schedule, careful and constant maintenance of the aircraft, pot-holed dirt runways, mechanical failures, sudden loss of visibility and unpredictable crosswinds keep her both too busy and too uptight. But what impacts her most is the conflict that arises between her father and herself.

They had both underestimated the consequences of her fatherís limited experience as a pilot, and that quickly takes its tollónot only on the collaboration in the cockpit, but also on their relationship. Monika struggles with feelings of responsibility on the one hand versus doubts about contradicting her father, who has always been her role model, on the other.

As their plane continues its path across the outback, the young woman slowly comes to realize that personal and spiritual growth canít be forced. Instead of searching so hard, she starts to look out the window. And that simple action is the first step towards learning the real lesson.

Flyabout is an intimate, personal story about a pilot's journey around Australia. It is the story of a young woman growing into an adult and coming to grips with how generational roles change over time.

About the Filmmaker

Monika Petrillo - Writer/Director/Producer

Born in Munich, Germany, Monika Petrillo moved to the United States in 1991 and has established herself as a highly respected and acclaimed script supervisor in the industry. She has worked alongside directors such as Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Hal Hartley, Wolfgang Petersen, George Hickenlooper, and Tony Bui. Monika has also written about her work as a script supervisor for publications such as Filmmaker Magazine and has advised directing fellows at the Sundance Filmmakersí Lab.

Her personal and professional travels have taken her to far-flung destinations like Namibia, Japan, Costa Rica and Vietnam. A life-long adventurer Monika earned her pilotís license at age 24 and soon thereafter set out to fulfill a dream of flying around Australia. Working as writer, director, DP, editor and producer, Flyabout marks her directorial debut.

Finally finishing a project which pre-dates her marriage as well as her two kids, Monika is looking forward to giving her ancient editing system the burial that it richly deserves.

 

Resources:

http://www.flyaboutmovie.com/

 

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