A word from Mary Franklin on Red Tails

We got a note from our pal and Lucasfilm’s Event guru this afternoon, encouraging folks to go see Red Tails, which opens tomorrow. Give it a read, and be sure to spread the word – or at least go see it yourself this weekend!

Good afternoon!
You often hear from me when we plan Star Wars events together, or when I ask you for information for Bantha Tracks, or we make plans for Star Wars Celebrations.

These past months, however, I’ve been working on something different: Red Tails. Most of you probably know that it’s Lucasfilm’s new movie about the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, a story that has been a passion project for George Lucas for years. The Airmen were African-American fighter pilots, who not only broke down barriers in the military, but helped break down racial barriers here in the States. They were exceptional pilots and support crew, with heroic records of service.

I’ve traveled to a number of different places, working on events to promote the movie, as different as Memphis and Eugene and New York City. I just returned from working at a three-day festival celebrating the movie release, and the Airmen, at Tuskegee University in Alabama, the place where the Airmen were first trained. Each time I watch the movie I am impressed with what it means to the audience, and I’m inspired by the story. The determination and talent of the Airmen can encourage us all.

This is an important movie based on real heroes and true events. And… bonus… the ILM-driven dogfights totally kick butt. I like the characters and story, I’m excited about the release, and proud to be involved in the events that have helped support it.

I very much hope you can see Red Tails this weekend, and bring your friends. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is important, and many of us were not aware of it before this movie. Hopefully this weekend many thousands more will learn their story, appreciate it, and want to share.

It’s important, but it’s also a lot of fun at the same time!

After you see it, drop me a line and let me know what you think.
Feel free to post this on blogs or message boards as well. Thank you so much!


In other Red Tails news, Bonnie Burton has a write-up of the film’s New York premiere.

3 Replies to “A word from Mary Franklin on Red Tails

  1. I’m just here for the dogfights. Because there are going to be fighter pilots and dogfights. I remember when this was first shopped around the time Young Indy came out and sixth-grade me was like “DOGFIGHTING IN WORLD WAR II”.

  2. Just got back from seeing the movie, and I really enjoyed it. I think the “critical reaction” is being unfairly influenced by individuals who are using the opportunity to take pot shots at Lucas. The crowd I saw it with really seemed to enjoy the film. I hope more people discover it despite the reviews that are out there.

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