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Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 81 minutes



Winning a championship is everything in popular professional sports, as it often brings athletes fortune and fame. However, the sport at the heart of FLOAT isn’t exactly pro, nor is it well-known. This intriguing documentary, with its stunning cinematography, chronicles the small but dedicated scene of competitive model aviation. While the modern world is obsessed with attention and speed, these devoted, unknown challengers like to take things slow. Patience is their true talent, coupled with unwavering passion. After all, they don’t make a dime competing, but instead deplete their savings to buy supplies. Call it obsession, but there’s something refreshing about their thankless allegiance to the sport. They spend countless hours designing and constructing their complex planes (F1Ds, to be more technical), which could easily pass for art. The detailing is as remarkable as their impressive ability to stay airborne for long periods of time. To see them all soaring at once is truly a sight to behold. At first glance, FLOAT may seem like a niche documentary for model plane enthusiasts. But everyone can learn from the graceful simplicity, loyal camaraderie, and undying devotion these competitors exhibit. —E.F.

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Born in Ohio, Phillip Kibbe began working as an intern in 2006 at The Greater Cleveland Film Commission. From there he began working as a production assistant on commercials and independent films. After moving to New York City in 2011, Kibbe built a career shooting, directing and editing video content, and has been a member of the Brooklyn Film Collective since 2012. With experience ranging from corporate videos to social justice documentaries, Kibbe has been fully immersed in filmmaking as a full time freelancer in New York City for the past six years.

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