Meet Our Film Award Winners: Heather Taylor, Director of Breaking through the Clouds

Breaking through the Clouds is the inspiring story of 20 women who raced across the country in the First Women's National Air Derby in 1929. Heather Taylor has spent nearly 15 years researching the story behind the women in the air derby and has shared their story throughout the country at venues ranging from the National Air & Space Museum to local rotary clubs. 

Taylor formed her production company, Archetypal Images, specifically to create this award winning documentary. Prior to starting Archetypal Images, Taylor was employed by Discovery Communications where she managed thousands of programming hours for popular shows including The Croc Hunter, Monster Garage, and Deadliest Catch. Taylor has also assisted in the management and delivery of shows for PBS, National Geographic, ABC, and Discovery. She has a Master degree in producing film and video.

In addition to the Gutsy Gal Film Award, Breaking through the Clouds has also won the prestigious Combs Gates Awards from the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and several other awards. Taylor has inducted the twenty women who flew in the first national air derby into the Women in Aviation's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

For tickets to the March 22 screening of Breaking through the Clouds in conjunction with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the Berkshire International Film Festival, click here. Taylor will be on hand to discuss the film and answer questions.