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The Emmy™Award-Winning Documentary Film

"Broadcast" version now airing on most public television stations.

"Uncensored" version now on DVD and in film festivals.

Synopsis: A charismatic figure featured in Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff, Florence "Pancho" Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation. A tough and fearless aviatrix, Pancho was a rival of Amelia Earhart's who made a name for herself as Hollywood's first female stunt pilot. Just before WWII she opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous -- some would say notorious -- hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the "Happy Bottom Riding Club", it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age. Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle caroused in the bar. The Club's destruction by fire in 1953 is seen by many to mark the end of a Golden Era in post-WWII aviation. In the same fashion Pancho herself has become something of a legend, a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown. Until now.

A documentary film produced and written by Nick Spark and directed by Amanda Pope. Featuring interviews with test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover and Chuck Yeager, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and biographers Barbara Schultz and Lauren Kessler. Narrated by Tom Skerritt with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes.

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Women in Aviation
"Read Nick Spark's article about Pancho
from Women in Aviation magazine (.pdf)"
29 January 2010

Amanda Pope's Film to Debut at Santa Barbara Film Festival

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While The Legend of Pancho Barnes kept Amanda Pope busy these last few years, a great deal of her time and energy was devoted to another project, The Desert of Forbidden Art which she co-directed with Tchavdar Georgiev.  The film is now completed and there is wonderful news -- the film will have its debut at the 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival!  Desert tells the remarkable story of Igor Savitsky, a man who daringly rescued over 40,000 works of art from the clutches of the Soviet government.  The collection he saved is housed in a museum located in the desert of Uzbekistan.  For more information on the film and the premiere screening, visit the website http://www.desertofforbiddenart.com/

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