Reel Pitch

Project pitch for the feature film adaptation of the compelling autobiography "The Flying Greek".

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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Video
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Director Biography

Mark Vizcarra entered the film industry after 29 years of service to the United States Navy and formed Speed & Angels Productions to create authentic films in the aviation genre using actual flyable warbirds. He spent nearly two decades flying the world’s most sophisticated fighters accumulating over 2500 hours and landing aboard nine different aircraft carriers. Mark Vizcarra produces and directs films using the unique and complex skills he acquired as a career Officer and Navy Fighter Pilot. As a Commander having been assigned on an Admiral Staff, he has been responsible for programs in excess of 100 million dollars and knows the intricate details of successful project management and leadership. As a Topgun graduate and veteran who has attended film school, he brings to the film industry a unique perspective to the aviation genre which will clearly be visible in the film adaptation of the extraordinary book, “The Flying Greek”.

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Director Statement

When I read Steve Pisanos’ book, The Flying Greek I was drawn to take his incredible memoir and turn it into a feature film to share his story with the world. My friend Steve’s amazing life story is so unique, even the most creative Hollywood writers couldn’t have devised such a compelling story. His odyssey represents the desire in each and everyone one of us to seek our passion and dreams. This true saga is America's story of a young immigrant from Greece. Unable to speak English, he sailed across the Atlantic with only 8 dollars to his name for the freedom to follow his dream. I feel honored to have the film rights to his fascinating book, “The Flying Greek” which captivates everyone who reads it. I’m dedicated to honoring this American hero and bring his extraordinary memoir to the screen and hold true to his astonishing book.