The film was distinguished by being selected as the first film (among 277 total) screened at the prestigious 2009 GI Film Festival in May at the National Archives Theatre in Washington D.C. The stellar guest list for the world premiere included Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps General Jim Amos, and newly appointed NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr., a highly decorated retired Marine aviator.
In late May the film was featured at the 97th Birthday Celebration of Marine Aviation at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Former Marine Aviator and automotive legend Bob Lutz headlined the celebration which included a ceremony honoring Marine aviators, aircrew, and Navy Corpsmen who have given their lives in Marine aviation since 2003 in the Global War on Terror.
The film’s next major milestone for was its U.S. broadcast premiere on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in 2010. After its successful PBS broadcast run the film was optioned for global distribution by Armed Forces Network (AFN). In 2018 AMA had its global streaming premiere on PRIME. The film continues to garner tremendous global viewership.
The film was produced by media personality Jeff Bolton and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Dana Altman. Both are thrilled at the very positive critical reception of the film. “If there has ever been a group who required authenticity, accuracy, and attention to detail it was the thousands of Marine aviators we worked with around the world,” said Bolton, “to receive their overwhelming endorsement of the film is a very special accomplishment.” Altman echoes these comments: “From the beginning, we wanted to capture the incredible human story of these pilots and their families and not make a film about airplanes…the response of Marines to the film is incredible and we’re very grateful that we’ve gotten their story captured correctly in their eyes.”