Academy Award Winner Cliff Robertson was a talented actor, a skilled and accomplished aviator, and an astoundingly kind man. He helped countless people. He gave two time Academy Award Winner William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, All the President's Men) his start in the film business.
He deserves a tribute to his life and accomplishments, and that's what I intend to produce.
Director / Producer Brian Gillogly (Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, in which Cliff appeared) has agreed to direct the film, and my own attorney Jackie Borock has agreed to provide us with counsel throughout the project.
In order to produce the project at the quality level I envision, developing the project will take a substantial amount of time on our parts, so I am raising $9500 to cover the development expenses.
Development Activities Include:
Determination of the best legal entity for the project.
Creating a basic initial script outline.
Contact with potential distributors, broadcasters, and sponsors.
Decisions regarding which films to include, who to contact from each film, who to contact in aviation, and who to contact regarding Cliff's humanitarian work, and of course the development of a more detailed, accurate production budget.
We have considered who we would like to appear in our film:
John Travolta Received Living Legends of Aviation's "Cliff Robertson Ambassador of Aviation" award from Cliff
Harrison Ford Former Young Eagles Chairman, Cliff Robertson founding Chairman
Michael Caine Told Cliff of his Academy Award win in Philippines while filming Too Late the Hero
William Goldman Cliff gave him his start in the film business
Sam Raimi Spider-Man director
James Franco Spider-Man co-star
Rosemary Harris Spider-Man co-star
Tobey Maguire Spider-Man co-star
We are also interested in speaking with people who had contact with Cliff through his aviation activities.
Maybe you knew Cliff too, maybe you admired his performances on stage and screen, maybe you shared his enthusiasm for aviation, or appreciated his humanitarian work.
Now you have the opportunity to help us produce a documentary that will honor him, creating a lasting record of his achievements.
Please help us make it happen, donate at the PayPal link below.
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Did you know that Academy Award Winner Cliff Robertson was flying his Beech Baron over NYC on the morning of September 11, 2001?
"He was flying a private Beechcraft Baron directly over New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was directly over the World Trade Center, climbing through 7,500 feet, when the first Boeing 767 struck. He was ordered by air traffic control to land immediately at the nearest airport following a nationwide order to ground all civilian and commercial aircraft following the attacks." -- Wikipedia
I heard Cliff speak of this many times. Air traffic control informed him something to the effect of "there has been a major incident concerning national security." He thought the US had been attacked with a nuclear weapon. He was diverted to Allentown, PA, where he stayed until the ban on flying was lifted.
This is only one of the fascinating stories we want to include in our honorary documentary on him.