Now, it has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and will be available for wide release on-demand and

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Lakeland filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt’s directorial debut “Fly Like a Girl” encourages females to pursue a career in aviation. On Oct.

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Lakeland filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt made her directorial debut with her documentary ‘Fly Like a Girl’ in 2019 when the film hit the festival circuit, including the Sarasota Film Festival. Now, it has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and will be available for wide release on-demand and in select theaters starting Oct. 9.

The documentary is about females in aviation, from pilots to an airport operations manager, professionals in the aerospace industry and young women aspiring to be astronauts, like Taylor Richardson.

A few of the women featured include retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott; Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour, recognized by the Department of Defense as the United State’s first African-American female combat pilot; and Shaesta Waiz, who made history by becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft and as the first female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan.

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Documentary encourages women to pursue aviation careers

The interview subjects tell their stories, but the documentary also pays tribute to the history of women in aviation.

‘I love the way this movie soars,’ said Nick Royak, Gravitas Ventures senior acquisitions manager, in a press release. ‘Inspiring stories of women everywhere demolishing glass ceilings in aerospace and STEM programs are fully realized through crisp visuals and clear vision from director Katie Wiatt. We are excited to be partnering with such a sharp team and know audiences will be inspired by their work.’

Wiatt first came up with the idea for ‘Fly Like a Girl’ in 2014 while teaching at Churchwell Elementary School in Lakeland. She felt a disconnect between her female students and STEM subjects.


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