JFTR’s PinkFest Mini Boogie, August 9th and 10th is our Main Event for 2014, held at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas. FreeFlyers and Wingsuiters are joining us for the Boogie. There will be organizing for all levels. Not in any particular order, here are some of our organizers and special guests:

Henry Butler

Head Load Organizer JFTR Pinkfest Mini Boogie 2014

Henry Started in March 1996 at Skydive Houston in Waller. 5600 jumps to date. Have competed at Nationals in 4, 8, 10 and 16 way. Largest formation 110 POPS record in 2005. Engineered the SOS Texas record in Apr 2014. Organizing RW at Spaceland for 2 years.

Merriah Eakins will be organizing FREEFLYERS at PinkFest!!!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />She is a two-time freestyle National Champion, and she has 4000 jumps.  She has spent the last few years studying and organizing FS while acting as the North Central Regional Director for USPA.  She resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband Karl.Merriah Eakins

Merriah Eakins will be organizing FREEFLYERS at PinkFest!!! She is a two-time freestyle National Champion, and she has 4000 jumps.  She has spent the last few years studying and organizing FS while acting as the North Central Regional Director for USPA.  She resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband Karl.

 

 

 

 

 

Norman Kent - Videographer/Photographer</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Probably the most well known skydive videographer in the world is joining us at PinkFest Boogie! Here's just a little info on Norman...</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>U.S. Parachute Association/FAA Licensed Skydiver<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“D” Expert License Holder<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“Pro” Professional Exhibition Rating Holder<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“PADI” Certified Scuba Diver</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Awards:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Clio award for Coca Cola “Skydivers” commercial (41st annual television advertising awards)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Telly Award for “Team Fastrax”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Telly Award for “Fightscape”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Telly Award for “Willing To Fly”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Telly Award for “Kinesthesia”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Telly Award for “Gianfranco Ferre”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Telly Award for “From Wings Came Flight”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Mondial de Parachutisme, Festival du Film 1sst prize “From Wings Came Flight”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“Camera Extreme” Lifetime achievement award from Laurus Arti Cinematographicae<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />USPA Gold Medal for meritorious service<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Work Experience</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Director of Photography<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Aerial Cinematographer<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photographer<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Skydiver<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Stunt Man<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Norman Kent has been a photographer/cinematographer for over thirty two years, most of them as a skydiving and aerial cinematographer, director of photography and stuntman. He has over 18,000 helmet camera jumps, many hours of Tyler mount experience, combined with extensive ground shooting. Norman has participated as a cameraman for numerous feature films, commercials, television programs and documentaries.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>In the skydiving community, Norman has earned the respect as the world’s best skydiving cinematographer.Included in his work are world record attempts, World-class level competitions, base-jumping and other special skydiving events around the world.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>As a filmmaker, Norman has produced several skydiving films for release worldwide, which reflect the talent and creativity of his production backround. “From Wings Came Flight”, “Kinethesia-the Art of Body Flying” and “Willing to Fly” are Telly award winners in 1989, 1992 and 2000 respectively.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Norman was one of the first two people to freefall 10,000 feet and land on the North Pole. This project was a joint United States/Soviet expedition.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Highlights are: all Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics) participation.  1st skydiving expedition on to the North Pole. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Feature films:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Warner Brothers "Enders Game" starring Harrison Ford (not yet released)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Warner Brothers "Grudge Match" starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert Deniro<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Warner Brothers "Secret Service" starring Samuel L Jackson (not yet released)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Warner Brothers "Nautilus" (not yet released)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Warner Brothers “Get Smart” starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Walt Disney Pictures “College Road Trip” starring Martin Lawrence<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Paramount Pictures “Last Holiday” strarring Queen Latifah<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Christian Duguay’s “Extreme Ops” starring Timothy Scott Bogart<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Columbia Pictures “XXX” starring Vin Diesel<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Artisan “Cutaway” starring Steven Baldwin/Tom Berenger<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Warner Brothers “Eraser” starring Arnold Schwarznegger<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Paramount Pictures “Drop Zone” starring Wesley Snipes<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Columbia Pictures “Cliff Hanger” starring Sylvester Stallone<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Disney Pictures “Terminal Velocity” starring Charlie Sheen/Nastassja Kinski<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Orion Pictures “Navy Seals” starring Charlie Sheen<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Paramount Pictures “Star Trek – Generations”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“Hindustan Ki Kasam”, India</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Whew!Norman Kent-Special Guest Videographer

Norman Kent – Videographer/Photographer Probably the most well known skydive videographer in the world is joining us at PinkFest Boogie! Here’s just a little info on Norman… U.S. Parachute Association/FAA Licensed Skydiver “D” Expert License Holder “Pro” Professional Exhibition Rating Holder “PADI” Certified Scuba Diver Awards: Clio award for Coca Cola “Skydivers” commercial (41st annual television advertising awards) Telly Award for “Team Fastrax” Telly Award for “Fightscape” Telly Award for “Willing To Fly” Telly Award for “Kinesthesia” Telly Award for “Gianfranco Ferre” Telly Award for “From Wings Came Flight” Mondial de Parachutisme, Festival du Film 1sst prize “From Wings Came Flight” “Camera Extreme” Lifetime achievement award from Laurus Arti Cinematographicae USPA Gold Medal for meritorious service Work Experience Director of Photography Aerial Cinematographer Photographer Skydiver Stunt Man

Norman Kent has been a photographer/cinematographer for over thirty two years, most of them as a skydiving and aerial cinematographer, director of photography and stuntman. He has over 18,000 helmet camera jumps, many hours of Tyler mount experience, combined with extensive ground shooting. Norman has participated as a cameraman for numerous feature films, commercials, television programs and documentaries. In the skydiving community, Norman has earned the respect as the world’s best skydiving cinematographer.Included in his work are world record attempts, World-class level competitions, base-jumping and other special skydiving events around the world.

As a filmmaker, Norman has produced several skydiving films for release worldwide, which reflect the talent and creativity of his production backround. “From Wings Came Flight”, “Kinethesia-the Art of Body Flying” and “Willing to Fly” are Telly award winners in 1989, 1992 and 2000 respectively. Norman was one of the first two people to freefall 10,000 feet and land on the North Pole. This project was a joint United States/Soviet expedition. Highlights are: all Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics) participation.  1st skydiving expedition on to the North Pole. Feature films: Warner Brothers “Enders Game” starring Harrison Ford (not yet released) Warner Brothers “Grudge Match” starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert Deniro Warner Brothers “Secret Service” starring Samuel L Jackson (not yet released) Warner Brothers “Nautilus” (not yet released) Warner Brothers “Get Smart” starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway Walt Disney Pictures “College Road Trip” starring Martin Lawrence Paramount Pictures “Last Holiday” strarring Queen Latifah Christian Duguay’s “Extreme Ops” starring Timothy Scott Bogart Columbia Pictures “XXX” starring Vin Diesel Artisan “Cutaway” starring Steven Baldwin/Tom Berenger Warner Brothers “Eraser” starring Arnold Schwarznegger Paramount Pictures “Drop Zone” starring Wesley Snipes Columbia Pictures “Cliff Hanger” starring Sylvester Stallone Disney Pictures “Terminal Velocity” starring Charlie Sheen/Nastassja Kinski Orion Pictures “Navy Seals” starring Charlie Sheen Paramount Pictures “Star Trek – Generations” “Hindustan Ki Kasam”, India Whew!

Here's more on Gulcin and "Pink Skies" </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>During a dinner with a fellow skydiver and a friend who worked in television program development, Gulcin mentioned an upcoming event, Jump For the Cause – a World Record Skydive whose participants would all be women. She told her development friend that she thought someone should make a documentary about the event. Her friend suggested she do it. So she did. Having made over 3200 skydives herself and slated to be a participant in this event, Gulcin knew her subject well. Though this film marks her debut as a director, she has produced numerous multi-media projects and has had stints in front of the camera as an actress and stuntwoman. Utilizing the magnificent camera work from the world’s top aerial cinematographers and assembling a small, tight knit multi-talented team, Gulcin was able to capture an insider’s point of view of this incredible event.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>The next task was to examine the world of breast cancer. Initially, Gulcin expected just to document a survivor’s experience and deliver some of the horrendous statistics of this epidemic form of cancer. After interviewing over a dozen experts, she realized there were some uncomfortable truths that required exposure. Marrying the two aspects, breast cancer and skydiving, she has knitted a film that has spectacular visuals and exposes important new discoveries.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Email: gulcin@pinkskiesthemovie.comGulcin Gilbert-Special Guest

During a dinner with a fellow skydiver and a friend who worked in television program development, Gulcin mentioned an upcoming event, Jump For the Cause – a World Record Skydive whose participants would all be women. She told her development friend that she thought someone should make a documentary about the event. Her friend suggested she do it. So she did. Having made over 3200 skydives herself and slated to be a participant in this event, Gulcin knew her subject well. Though this film marks her debut as a director, she has produced numerous multi-media projects and has had stints in front of the camera as an actress and stuntwoman. Utilizing the magnificent camera work from the world’s top aerial cinematographers and assembling a small, tight knit multi-talented team, Gulcin was able to capture an insider’s point of view of this incredible event. The next task was to examine the world of breast cancer. Initially, Gulcin expected just to document a survivor’s experience and deliver some of the horrendous statistics of this epidemic form of cancer. After interviewing over a dozen experts, she realized there were some uncomfortable truths that required exposure. Marrying the two aspects, breast cancer and skydiving, she has knitted a film that has spectacular visuals and exposes important new discoveries. Email: gulcin@pinkskiesthemovie.com

Gulcin Gilbert will be presenting her movie “Pink Skies” at PinkFest. Check it out…

Purple Mike Michael Swearingen is leading our Wingsuiters this year. He might make his 4000 jump at PinkFest! He's got over 3500 wingsuit jumps :-) Come Flock with Mike!!!
Pink Skies The Movie

Leah Bessonette

Leah started skydiving in 2003 and has 1400 jumps.  She has participated in competitive 8-way on the state and national level as well as 20-way,  40-way and many other invitational’s over the years.  She has been a part of numerous P3 100-way invitational’s and was a member of the Texas State Record 150-way in 2007.  Leah was also an organizer for Skydive Spaceland and other various boogies, including  SkyFest for 3 years. Leah is married to her best friend, Matt Bessonette who has worked as a  coach, videographer and tandem master for Skydive Spaceland for over a decade.  Leah is currently President of Cornerstone Insurance Agency, Inc., Vice-President of JFTR and also finds time to sit on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston & Southwest Texas (BBB) Better Business Bureau.