Director: Katie McEntire Wiatt
Katie McEntire Wiatt first explored film production as a student at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. At Dreyfoos, not only did she learn to edit on one of the first non-linear editing systems, but she also learned the fundamentals of cinematic storytelling. After college, Wiatt pursued a love for education and teaching. At the same time, Wiatt continued her passion for filmmaking by working as a producer and editor on various projects with Indie Atlantic Films.
After several years of teaching, Wiatt decided to pursue full time production and documentary filmmaking. Combining her love of filmmaking, storytelling, and education, Wiatt began to fully develop the concept for Fly Like a Girl. Wiatt makes her feature-length directorial debut with the documentary Fly Like a Girl. Wiatt is a member of Women in Film & Television-Florida, the International Documentary Association, and is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She resides in Lakeland, Florida.
A note from Katie:
It was during my time as a primary school teacher that I first developed the idea for Fly Like a Girl. I saw first hand the gap in confidence young female students felt in the classroom, especially in relation to STEM subjects. I remember one student in particular, she was struggling with a math problem. She said, “Ms. Wiatt, girls just aren’t good at math.” This student’s statement had a profound effect on me. Perhaps because it reminded me of a math teacher I had in 5th grade who told me, “Some girls, like you, just can’t do math.” I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was a very common experience for many young girls.
Around the same time, aviation and STEM education became more significant in my life. I saw Patty Wagstaff and several other strong aerobatic female pilots perform, I read a variety of books on historic female aviators, and also had the opportunity to hear Dr. Mae Jemison and other STEM speakers. I also had the opportunity to be part of creating several films for the SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Center for Excellence. All of these moments instilled in me a passion to help change how young girls and women perceive themselves and what they have to offer to our world. I decided that aviation, with its diverse opportunities in everything from engineering to aerobatics, is an excellent vehicle to tell this story.
Producer: Andy McEntire
Andy McEntire founded Indie Atlantic Films in 2006. He has worked in video and digital media production for over 10 years and has produced films for clients all over the world. McEntire has directed TV shows and commercials throughout the US. He has also created films for nonprofit organizations locally and worldwide. McEntire is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a member of the Imperial Polk Advertising Federation and Film Florida.
Producer: Matthew Wiatt
Matthew Wiatt’s background is in traditional broadcast television. He was a producer for the PBS national television series "Animal Attractions TV" and has worked on national TV series for ABC, PBS, Travel, Disney and other networks. At Indie Atlantic Films, Wiatt has helped produce films for commercial and nonprofit clients. Wiatt is a graduate of Flagler College and a member of the International Academy of Web Television and the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.