Film Tampa Bay Presents: The Flying Ace (1926)


Sun Jun 18 2023 at 03:00 pm


Tampa Theatre | Tampa, FL

1h 5m / Not Rated / Silent, Adventure

THE FLYING ACE will be a FREE “Film Tampa Bay Presents” screening in celebration of Juneteenth. The film – directed by Richard E. Norman and produced by Norman Studios in Jacksonville, FL – features an all-Black cast and tells the story of the dastardly pilot Finley Tucker and the object of his affection, Ruth Sawtelle, who is said to be (very) loosely based on aviator Bessie Coleman. At the time of its release, THE FLYING ACE was advertised as “the greatest airplane thriller ever filmed,” and in 2021, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
This summer’s screening will feature an original musical score, written and performed by Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, And according to our partners at the Norman Studios, this will be the first time in living memory that the film has been presented with LIVE accompaniment. Guests are invited to stay after the screening for an audience discussion with Barbara Wingo, the Vice President of Norman Studios, and a panel of industry experts.
The Summer Classics Movie Series has been presented by Bank of America since 2015. Promotional support for the series is provided by WEDU-PBS. THE FLYING ACE is sponsored by Film Tampa Bay.

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