Wednesday, June 22, 2011
PR: America's Youngest Licensed Pilot Featured in DVD
“Pearl” depicts Chickasaw Native Eula Carter Scott
Aurora, Colorado: Denver-based web retailer Powder Puff Pilot is proud to announce that "Pearl," the award-winning feature-length film produced by the Chickasaw Nation, is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray. Powder Puff Pilot founder, Sue Hughes, described the film as, “the perfect addition to our line of products that celebrate women in aviation.”
The family-friendly film tells the true story of the youngest licensed pilot in American history, focusing on the adventurous teen years of the late aviatrix Eula "Pearl" Carter Scott. The Chickasaw native of Oklahoma earned her pilot’s license at age 14 in 1928.
In the film, Pearl—portrayed by California actress Elijah DeJesus—develops a love of flying after meeting the famous aviator Wiley Post in the 1920s. Impressed by her enthusiasm and determination to learn flying, Pearl's father, a successful businessman in Marlow, Oklahoma, buys her a plane and hires a flight instructor.
After earning her pilot's license, Pearl flies her blind father to business appointments and amazes air show audiences all over Oklahoma with her aerobatic maneuvers. She was one of the only two pilots Post trusted to fly his Lockheed Vega aircraft "Winnie Mae."
The film officially premiered on May 4, 2010 in Moore, Oklahoma, at an event attended by many Chickasaw cast members, including dozens of Chickasaw citizens, Chickasaw Nation employees, and community members featured as extras. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby described the young aviatrix’s story as a natural for the tribe's first feature-length film project, "Pearl was a dynamic, determined, and caring individual who exemplified many of the finest qualities of Chickasaw people."
Since last year’s release, “Pearl" has garnered many accolades from audiences and film industry insiders, including:
1 Best overall film and best Native American film at the 2010 Trail Dance Film Festival
2 One of only 13 feature films chosen among more than 600 submissions to the Heartland Film Festival, one of the world’s largest family-oriented film festivals
3 "Best of Show" award from The Indie Fest, and a sweep of the feature docudrama category at the International Cherokee Film Festival
4 Four "Doves" from the Dove Foundation, earning its "Family-Approved Seal" for all ages
To order a copy of “Pearl” on DVD or Blu-ray, visit www.PowderPuffPilot.com .