Sky High! (1973)

G | 83-84 mins | Documentary | 1973

Director:

Robert Amram

Producer:

Manuel Arango

Cinematographer:

Tex Zeigler
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HISTORY

Although no national release date has been verified for Sky HIgh! , according to the LAEx and LAT review, Sky High! opened in Los Angeles on 18 Dec 1973 to qualify for Academy Award consideration. The Jan 1974 Var noted that Concord Films, Inc., the film's distributor, intended to rent the films on a four-wall basis, noting that "commercial prospects look at best OK."
       The LAT review noted that the genesis of the film began when director Robert Amram, who had previously won two Academy Awards for his 1971 short documentary Sentinels of Silence , was introduced to Tex Zeigler, a veteran cameraman who had been filming air shows and races for seven years. According to the LAT review, Zeigler had died prior to the Los Angeles opening of Sky High! . The film was culled from twenty hours of Zeigler's footage and ten more hours of footage shot by Amram's cameraman, and included several archival sequences. According to an Apr 1973 news item in Var , the film, which was originally shot in 16mm, was blown up to 35mm for commercial ... More Less

Although no national release date has been verified for Sky HIgh! , according to the LAEx and LAT review, Sky High! opened in Los Angeles on 18 Dec 1973 to qualify for Academy Award consideration. The Jan 1974 Var noted that Concord Films, Inc., the film's distributor, intended to rent the films on a four-wall basis, noting that "commercial prospects look at best OK."
       The LAT review noted that the genesis of the film began when director Robert Amram, who had previously won two Academy Awards for his 1971 short documentary Sentinels of Silence , was introduced to Tex Zeigler, a veteran cameraman who had been filming air shows and races for seven years. According to the LAT review, Zeigler had died prior to the Los Angeles opening of Sky High! . The film was culled from twenty hours of Zeigler's footage and ten more hours of footage shot by Amram's cameraman, and included several archival sequences. According to an Apr 1973 news item in Var , the film, which was originally shot in 16mm, was blown up to 35mm for commercial distribution. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Jan 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 1974.
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner
18 Dec 1973.
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Los Angeles Times
18 Dec 1973
Section IV, p. 22.
Variety
11 Apr 1973.
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Variety
30 Jan 1974
p. 16.
CAST
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
Narr wrt by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
MUSIC
Arr
SOUND
Supv re-rec mixer
Supv re-rec mixer
Supv re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sky Rider," words by Julie Mishkin, music by Eldad Peery, sung by Holly Lipton.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1973
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 18 December 1973
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
CFI
Duration(in mins):
83-84
Length(in feet):
7,380
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The film presents a brief history of flight, focusing on air racing. Beginning at the start of air racing in France in 1910, the film progresses onto footage of more recent races at Cape May, NJ; Reno, NV; San Diego, CA and a 1,000 mile event at Mojave. In addition to racing footage, the film depicts a balloon sweeping over San Francisco, skydivers forming a circle to a Strauss waltz and a group of hang gliders jumping off the hills in San Diego. ... +


The film presents a brief history of flight, focusing on air racing. Beginning at the start of air racing in France in 1910, the film progresses onto footage of more recent races at Cape May, NJ; Reno, NV; San Diego, CA and a 1,000 mile event at Mojave. In addition to racing footage, the film depicts a balloon sweeping over San Francisco, skydivers forming a circle to a Strauss waltz and a group of hang gliders jumping off the hills in San Diego. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Aviation


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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