Above and Beyond

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About The Film

A ragtag band of volunteer airmen mobilizes in the skies above Israel to fight for the fledgling nation’s survival in ABOVE AND BEYOND.

Barely home from WWII combat, these ace pilots – mostly Jewish- Americans – found themselves compelled to do battle yet again, this time against Arab invaders in defense of an ill-equipped Jewish state. At risk of losing their citizenship and their lives, they smuggled out surplus planes and ammunition, training in secret as they made preparations to rescue Israel from certain annihilation. Relying on a small squadron of rickety aircraft, a handful of young foreign pilots turned the tide of Israel’s War of Independence, and laid the foundation for the Israeli Air Force. With pluck, humor and chutzpah, these now-aging wingmen colorfully recount their remarkable mission. Other interviews include family descendants, scholars, Israeli President Shimon Perez, and actor Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) whose father flew sorties against an advancing Iraqi army. Testimonies are enhanced by dazzling aerial dogfights recreated by George Lucas's special effects shop Industrial Light & Magic.

Directed by Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie) and produced by Nancy Spielberg, ABOVE AND BEYOND is the first film to present the true story behind this gallant and daring wartime escapade.


ABOVE AND BEYOND will be featured as the Opening Night event on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. A preshow reception for sponsors and Red Carpet VIP ticket buyers will feature a food tasting with chefs from some of Atlanta's (and Israel's) finest restaurants.

Gala at 5:00 PM | Film at 7:30 PM

Red Carpet VIP $300.00
Opening Night Gala with food tasting, open bar, live entertainment and film.

Gen-Y Red Carpet VIP $150.00
Age 39 and under.

General Admission $18.00*
Includes film only.
*An additional $3.00 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Facility Fee will be applied to all General Admission tickets.

Free parking provided compliments of AAA Parking.

Film Details

Running Time 
87 minutes
Atlanta Premiere
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
The Kendeda Fund
The Marcus Foundation, Inc.