By Fred “Crash” Blechman
On August 12, at 2 p.m., the first public screening of “One Six Right” took place before an enthusiastic audience at Laemmle’s Grande 4-Plex in downtown Los Angeles. After five years of effort by Brian J. Terwilliger, producer and director, this 72-minute movie about general aviation and the history of Van Nuys Airport was placed in qualification for an Academy Award for a digital documentary film. It was shown every day for the next six days at 2 p.m.
“We had a really good turnout at this first public screening,” said Terwilliger. “We’re talking with distributors and these seven days will show the interest in the film.”
The DVD, coming later this year, will have additional sequences and special features.
Amy Godsey, who helped on the film production, met Terwilliger late last August while doing marketing for a high definition film project.
“Brian submitted his trailer to our project,” she said. “We just saw his content and how amazing it was and just had to meet him. Aviators and non-aviators will be drawn to this film. We have a lot of people wanting information about it, and there’s a huge draw on the website. We’ve seen record numbers, about three to four thousand unique hits on our website a day, by people who have never been there before.”
Godsey, a corporate aircraft flight attendant, has always loved aircraft and flying. As for her reaction to this screening, she says, “It’s just great to sit in the back and listen to people’s reaction—the laughter at the funny parts, the gasps, the applause at the end, and seeing people with tears in their eyes. That’s exactly what we wanted.”
Ron Millman, co-owner of a Grumman Tiger, was at this first public showing and spent a few minutes speaking with Terwilliger, whom he found “a very personable young filmmaker.”
“His love of aviation shows in his work,” Millman said. “Anyone who has spent any time at Van Nuys Airport would be really affected by this film. I received my private pilot license at VNY and landed on One Six Right many times. Brian did a great job.”
For additional info, visit [http://www.onesixright.com].