See "Flyboys," meet filmmakers |

See "Flyboys," meet filmmakers

There is a little secret making its way along the film festival circuit. It’s the story of two 12-year-old boys from a small town who accidentally stow away on an airplane owned by the mob. I know, I know, the pitch may sound preposterous but “The Flyboys,” written, directed and produced by Rocco DeVilliers, is quietly scooping up Audience Awards (five of them) and Jury Prizes (seven of them) at festivals all across the country.

At its core “The Flyboys” is a family film; a boy’s adventure story that, somewhere along the line, meets up with “The Sopranos.” You won’t see guys getting ‘whacked’ or hear a lot of foul language from these mobsters; the wise guys in this picture might have appeared in “Goonies” if they had been needed.

Child actor Reiley McClendon delivers a pitch perfect performance as Kyle, a young boy who moves to a small town and quickly finds himself in trouble with just about everyone. When he and his new buddy stumble onto a mob conspiracy, the two boys find themselves the only passengers aboard a twin-engine airplane that they must fly in order to avoid a perilous crash into the mountainside.

You’ll recognize some faces in the film, such as Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore, but “The Flyboys” most impressive accomplishment is how much you’ll find yourself rooting for the new faces in the film and truly caring for it’s central characters. This is most likely why audiences everywhere keep singing the film’s praises.

You can catch “The Flyboys” when it plays at the Nevada City Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 14, at The Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Cast and crewmembers are expected to show for the event to answer questions after the screening.


Jason Graham, of Nevada City, is a filmmaker, musician and manager of The Magic Theatre, as well as festival director. Visit for a full list of festival films.

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