Some of us have great runways already built for us. if you have one, take off! But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel! Build one for yourself, and for all those who will follow. Amelia Earhart



The Award-Winning Documentary Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby has aired numerous times on PBS Stations across America. New Stations and Dates are Continually Being Added. Check your Local Listing or request Breaking Through the Clouds on your local PBS Affiliate Station. 

 An EXTENDED VERSION of BTTC, including Bonus Materials, is also available on DVD


Host A Screening Party

Consider hosting a screening party in connection with the PBS airing. Gather friends or schedule your organization's meeting at the date/time of the airing. Consider a screening party with your local girl scout troop, EAA Young Eagles, 99s, Women in Aviation Meetings, Airport Meetings, Women's organizations, Community Organizational Meetings, etc. You can work with your local PBS station regarding airings if you plan far enough in advance. If you host a screening party, email me about your experience and/or send (G rated) pictures to I'd love to hear about it. Thank you.



If so, you can send a polite, enthusiastic personal note, email, or letter to your local PBS station. The Viewer Services department can help guide you to the correct area if the contact is not immediately obvious. 

PBS stations are part of the community and like community involvement so let them know if you are able to:

  • Publicize their airdates
  • Mobilize screening parties in the community
  • Help write or publish articles, editorials, and features in the local media or blog
  • Spread the word about the airdates on your local station via social media
  • Promote the airdates at events in your community

One cautionary note: As much as the stations love to hear from their viewers, several have requested that I ask that you do not call the programmer directly, threaten a station with withdrawing your membership, or refuse to watch their channel if they don’t air the show as that is counter-productive. They do, however, encourage you to request a show and become involved with your local station. Thanks!

Much like PBS stations, independent filmmakers rely on community as well. A supportive community is something the women modeled in the 1929 derby. 


Thanks to everyone who helps support independent artists' visions through your enthusiasm, comments, encouragement, and kindness.