‘How One Tuskegee Airman Changed My Life’: Producer Bryan Williams Talks New Tuskegee Airman Documentary (Ep. 6, Season 1)

March 27th, 2016

In this podcast episode I speak with Bryan Williams about his new documentary, showing in theaters one night only (Tues. 3/29/16, this week!) about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Here's the intro from my article on RockinGodsHouse.com about the interview and the film:

If a Tuskegee airman hadn’t walked into a diner on a certain day and time in 2007, the day that producer Bryan Williams was there for an important meeting–and if Bryan had not uttered a certain prayer only seconds before the legendary airman walked through the door and nodded at Bryan–an amazing series of events would not have unfolded. These subsequent events included everything from George Lucas (yes, that George Lucas, the one who made Star Wars) to bizarrely timed phone calls from strangers, to a rather grueling sit-down with Bill Cosby. And all of that is leading to a monumental theatrical release this Tuesday about one of the most inspiring stories to emerge from the twentieth century.

I’m talking about the new documentary “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen–the 75th Anniversary.” I had a chance to see an advance screening of it, and it is superb. It covers so much ground: tons of interviews with original Tuskegee Airmen, and it tells many fascinating stories, like when Eleanor Roosevelt ditched her Secret Service escort to fly with one of the African-American pilots (who would become a Tuskegee Airmen) to prove to the world that these men were just as good as any other pilots. It also tells the stories of the white pilots who stood up for the Tuskegee Airmen (and paid a heavy price for it).

If you admire the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African-American pilots who flew in combat during WWII, then you might be excited to know that this year marks their 75th anniversary. And what better way to commemorate their story by seeing this new documentary, which is playing in theaters one night only, Tues. March 29, 7pm local time. (Check the theater listings linked below.)

Here is all the info from a recent press release:

Fathom Events is partnering with Bryton Entertainment to present In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen – The 75th Anniversary in select U.S. cinemas for the first time ever on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This one-night cinema event features emotional interviews, rare photographs, archival footage and computer-generated recreations. Audiences will also experience an exclusive panel discussion captured at the National Air Force Museum with Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. George Hardy, Former Administrator of NASA Col. Fred Gregory, as well as the producer Bryan Williams and director Denton Adkinson.

Tickets for “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen – The 75th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 200 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Apprehending the Presence of God (Ep. 5, Season 1)

January 6th, 2016


KevinOtt2015Headshotthumbnail-smallest.jBroadcasting from Interstate 70 on a cross-country drive in his mobile studio, author Kevin Ott explores the topic of "Apprehending the Presence of God." He examines the Word, A.W. Tower's "The Pursuit of God," the loss of a "sacramental mindset" in our culture, and how/why the Western world became so distant from God. This episode will challenge you to re-think what it means to draw near to God and experience His Presence. The episode also looks at the theological problem of the Omnipresence of God vs the Manifest Presence of God. Scriptures include Matthew 13:44 and Genesis 28:16.

Interviews from the Red Carpet Premiere of National Geographic’s ‘Saints & Strangers’ (Ep. 4, Season 1)

November 19th, 2015


I recently had the chance to attend the world premiere of the film "Saints & Strangers," which is a two-part movie: Part 1 airs on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel. Part 2 airs on Monday, Nov. 23 at 9/8c. At the premiere I had the privilege to interview most of the cast of "Saints & Strangers," including Ron Livingston ("Office Space," "Band of Brothers"), Barry Sloane ("Noah"), Anna Camp ("The Help"), Meganne Young ("The Giver"), Raoul Trujillo ("Apocalypto") and other superb actors. I even had the chance to interview Hollywood power player Teri Weinberg, one of the VPs over NBC and one of the producers of "The Office."

This episode shares my audio from those red carpet interviews as well as a mini-review of the film itself, which tells the true story behind Thanksgiving and has a powerful emphasis on the faith in Christ that helped the pilgrims stay the course and survive their brutal journey into the New World in 1621.

Jordan Feliz Interview: Billboard #1 Artist Shares the Amazing Story of His Journey of Faith (Ep. 3, Season 1)

November 9th, 2015


Christian recording artist Jordan Feliz has recently topped the Billboard charts with his hit single "The River" from his debut album "Beloved," which combines a unique vintage soul sound with superb songwriting. Even more amazing than his debut success is the story of his faith journey. Kevin speaks with Jordan about his music and his faith and also learns that he and Jordan share some surprising things in common.

Kevin’s Interview with Dolly Parton About Miracles She’s Experienced; Kevin Also Shares His Ian McCormack Interview About Miracles (Ep. 2, Season 1)

October 11th, 2015


In Episode 2 of the Aslan's Paw Podcast, hosted by Christian author Kevin Ott, Dolly Parton speaks with Kevin about her personal experiences with miracles and her belief that Jesus still does miracles today. Kevin then describes a life-changing miracle he experienced years ago, and then shares his email interview with Ian McCormack, the man whose miraculous story is the basis for the film "The Perfect Wave," starring Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) and Rachel Hendrix. Kevin ends the podcast by answering this question: if miracles are real, and if Jesus still does do miracles today, how does that fit into the larger picture of our faith? These interviews with Dolly Parton and Ian McCormack were originally transcribed for articles that Kevin wrote for RockinGodsHouse.com.

Kevin’s Interview with Actor David Oyelowo (Ep. 1, Season 1)

October 3rd, 2015


In the first episode of Aslan's Paw, author Kevin Ott interviews actor David Oyelowo ("Selma," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Interstellar") about his new film "Captive" that released Sept. 2015, which tells the true story of Ashley Smith (played by Kate Mara) who, in 2005, as a single mother struggling with drug addiction, was taken hostage in her own apartment by a man named Brian Nichols (Oyelowo) who was on the run after breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case. In the interview, Oyelowo discusses the transforming power of God's grace in our lives. He also shares thoughts about his experience playing the role of Nichols, and he shares how God paved the way for the release of "Captive" in some amazing ways. The interview was originally transcribed and published for Christian entertainment site RockinGodsHouse.com in Sept. of 2015. (Kevin is the editor and co-owner of Rocking God's House.)

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