RIP Mira Slovak (Daredevil Pilot and Susan Oliver’s Old Flame)

Posted on June 29, 2014 in News
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Sad news came in today about another of the interviewees who figured prominently in Susan Oliver’s life and in The Green Girl documentary.  Mira Slovak, one of the significant men in Susan’s life and a truly fascinating man, has passed away at 84.  Mira was a Czech Airlines pilot in 1953 when he decided he couldn’t stand Soviet domination of his home country any longer.  Knocking out the pro-Communist copilot on a routine flight, he locked himself in the cockpit and literally flew a crowded airliner below the radar and defected to West Germany (apparently, buffeting the plane around the whole time to keep pro-Communist passengers from standing up long enough to break down the door and stop him).

After a year or so of being debriefed by the U.S. government, he was eventually given U.S. citizenship and became an airline pilot.  But he also went on to become a record-setting daredevil pilot and champion hydro-plane boat racer.  A bit of an Evel Knievel type, he survived several major crashes in both planes and high-speed boats and probably broke most of the bones in his body at one time or another.  Although he eventually gave up the boat racing, he was still deeply immersed in the world of flying well into his 80’s.  You can read about his amazing exploits by following this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/us/mira-slovak-a-daring-pilot-who-won-freedom-then-races-dies-at-84.html?smid=tw-nytimesobituary&seid=auto&_r=1

This string of recent deaths amongst the group of people interviewed for The Green Girl (Mira along with Biff Manard and Nancy Malone) just makes me realize how truly fortunate I was to get so many of the people who knew Susan Oliver to share their thoughts and recollections for my documentary.  I knew when I started this project that many of these “first person voices” were not going to be with us much longer, and it definitely gave me a real sense of urgency in seeking out and shooting the interviews (a process which began back in November of 2011).  I thank every single person who sat before my camera, and to those who’ve passed on, I truly hope that you get to sit with Susan (wherever that may be) and watch the movie together!

–GP

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First Theatrical Screening of The Green Girl Susan Oliver Documentary Scheduled!

Posted on June 27, 2014 in News
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That’s right, if you live in the Los Angeles area, you can see The Green Girl on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30pm at the Laemmle NoHo in lovely North Hollywood, CA.  Click HERE to reserve your tickets ASAP!

And if you can’t make that screening due to geography or scheduling conflicts, PLEASE CLICK HERE to request a theatrical screening at a theater near you!  (Seriously, this is much easier than you may think, and we’ll help you from our end to make sure everyone knows about it and buys tickets.)

Stay tuned for more good news soon!

–GP

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The Green Girl Susan Oliver Documentary is Ready to Screen at Theaters Across the U.S.!

Posted on June 13, 2014 in News
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That’s right, folks, we’ve finally got this show on the road, thanks to the folks at Gathr Films.

Follow the link to their website here or from our Screenings page to find out how you can see THE GREEN GIRL in a theater near you!

And please spread the word.  The more people who demand a screening through Gathr, the more screenings we’ll have.

Go Green Girl!

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