This weekend, Bryton Entertainment’s documentary In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen will be seen by another new audience when it airs for the first time on national television.
It will air at noon Saturday, Feb. 3, on the Discovery Network’s American Heroes Channel.
The documentary features interviews, rare photographs, archival footage and computer-generated re-creations to tell the story of how these airmen, who made up the first squadron of African-American pilots during World War 2, were some of the first to begin the civil rights movement and have lived long enough to see the changes that continue to resonate today, a press release said.
“Eleven years ago, our company set out on a journey to honor the Tuskegee Airmen’s request to ‘never let their story die,’ ” said Bryan Williams, the film’s executive producer and half of North Augusta-based Bryton Entertainment. Denton Adkinson was a writer and the director of the film.
“With that story now headed to national TV, it is such an incredible feeling of accomplishment and humility as each of the remaining 90-plus-year-old Airmen will be able to see the story they most wanted told reach all of America. We are eager to share what real sacrifice and heroism truly is,” Williams said.
Originally released in 2009 with a debut at Imperial Theatre, the film was distributed on DVD beginning in 2012, and in 2016, it was available in 200 cities for a one-night-only showing through Fathom Events. Last February, In Their Own Words became available to stream through Netflix; and last March, a 75th anniversary edition of the DVD was released.
This year, Bryton Entertainment is working on a one-day curriculum based on the film that can be used in middle school classrooms.