Bellingham, Washington, USA. June 27, 2014 The Telly Awards has named the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their seven minute documentary trailer Warplanes to SiberiaTM – Uncommon Allies. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.
Warplanes to Siberia is the untold story about the secret delivery of nearly 8,000 military aircraft from the United States to the Soviet Union during World War II along the Alaska-Siberia air route (ALSIB). Approximately 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) long, the route runs from Great Falls, Montana through Canada and Alaska, across the Bering Strait, and through Siberia to Krasnoyarsk, Russia. As part of the Lend-Lease program under the Roosevelt administration, it was one of the great logistical efforts of the 20th century and a major supply route to the Soviet Union.
This documentary is historically significant in that it will draw global attention to not only the ALSIB but it will shed light on the friendship and mutual cooperation between Russia, Canada, and the United States that existed then, and now, as well as pay tribute to those who gave their lives delivering aircraft to the Soviets. This is the story of Lend-Lease, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Air Transport Command and the 7th Ferrying Squadron, the creation of the Alcan (Alaska) Highway, the Soviet pilots in Fairbanks, and the women of the Soviet air force.
The BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation will re-trace the entire route in 2015, using same vintage aircraft flown in the ALSIB program, as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the end of World War II in Europe, or the Great Patriotic War as it is known in Russia. The flight will be filmed and turned into a documentary to honor this untold story and the people across three nations who made it successful.
Since 1979, The Telly Awards are the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “BRAVO 369’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
According to David Lowrance, BRAVO 369 director and film maker, “Receiving this award is a perfect illustration of the definition of ‘teamwork’ and the concept of ‘best idea wins’. We are all truly honored. The story of the Alaska-Siberia air route has only been touched upon in the trailer. The scope of the project keeps growing with each new discovery and untold story. Our goal is to recognize those individuals by discovering and preserving their stories and accomplishments for future generations.”
To see BRAVO 369’s award winning video trailer, visit: www.bravo369.org.
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