A three part DVD, “Whimsical Air”, explores man’s fascination with flight.
Robin Lehman’s first film, “Wings and Things”, is really an essay exploring this phenomena from the clumsy plastic glider of a child to the sophisticated radio-controlled sea plane of a middle-aged devotee. In addition, the film provides its audience with an insight into human nature: its need to experiment, its ingenuity,
its commitment. Of particular interest is the detailed description of building a fragile gossamer plane.
The second film, “Fly Away”, presents in sequential form the efforts of a man to fly and then recapture his model airplane. Here filmmaker Robin Lehman makes full use of his unusual talents for creative photography, mixing tight close-ups with breathtaking landscapes.
In the third film, “Experimental”, the excitement, humor and perseverance of man’s attempts to imitate the birds of the air are visualized: the beauty of one man gliding gracefully over the land, the excitement of planes soaring and diving through the skies, and the humor of amateurs trying their “wings.” All these experiments and emotions blend onscreen to form a memorable tribute to the spirit of flight.
Atlanta International Film Festival-Gold
Berlin International Film Festival-Golden Bear
Bilbao International Film Festival-Gold Medal
Bronx Film Festival-Gold
Chicago Film Festival-Silver
Columbus International Film Festival Chris-Bronze Award
Cork International Film Festival-Certificate of Merit
Cracow Film Festival-Gold Award
Festival Intl. Court Metrage Pour La Jeunesse-Best of Festival
Hugo Tampere Film Festival-Gold Award
International Film & TV Festival-Silver Medal
Jacksonville International Film Festival-Gold Medal
New York Film and TV Festival-Bronze Medal
Salon International Aviation le Bourget-Best of Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival-Gold
Thessaloniki International Film Festival-Gold Medal
43 minutes • Color