Stills and behind the scenes filming the teaser forBoundless last summer in LA, Wisconsin and Guelph, ON
S.H.E (Shine, Heal, Elevate) Lifts Off Films is a production company with a focus on creating and sharing women-driven content, both fiction and non-fiction.
Its current production is the Boundless project as a dramatic short film that shares the untold story of the women pilots of WWII. Boundless is also currently in development as a miniseries.
Despite all that the Women Air Force Service Pilots accomplished and contributed in service to their country during that two year period of time - in which they flew a combined 60 million miles and ferried every type of military aircraft manufactured between 1942-1944, they were abruptly disbanded without military status and had to pay their own way home. Out of 1087 women in the program, 38 lives were lost and in some cases, the women’s planes were sabotaged.
Thirty-three years later, when the records were released, they were finally recognized as a part of the military and in 2009 they were awarded a congressional medal of honor.
This story illuminates an important part of our history of which many people are unaware. In 2019, globally, only 6 percent of all pilots are women.
I have been researching and writing about the history of women in aviation - specifically the veteran women pilots of WWII - for the past 10 years. I was originally inspired by my grandmother, who learned to fly out of Buttonville Airport in Markham, Ontario, when it was just a grass strip. She was a member of the Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots originally founded in 1929 by Amelia Earhart. The Ninety-Nines remain active today in 66 countries around the world, and I myself am a student pilot member of the organization, currently in Coachella Valley.
S.H.E Lifts Off Films continues to build on a partnership with Buck Productions, a veteran production company based in Toronto, Vancouver, and LA which has been in the business for 30 years. We’ve been working together in the development of Boundless for over a year.
The Buck Productions team, our project’s director of photography Sarah Thomas Moffat, our aircraft co-ordinator and pilot Cam Harrod of the Hamilton Aero Club and the Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, and I will be in pre-production at the end of July and begin shooting the short film in August!
Keep checking back here for updates!
The WASP ( Women Air Force Service Pilots) Homecoming Reunions, Memorial Day weekend Sweetwater Texas, 2013 -2016
Interview clip with WASP, Dorothy Olsen, Seattle, February 2013