WSU grad brings story of flight to theaters nationwide

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Chris-HampelPULLMAN, Wash. – Telling the story of flight has proven to be the adventure of a lifetime for Washington State University graduate Chris Hampel (’97). He is part of a team that visited 18 countries in all seven continents to create the documentary “Living in the Age of Airplanes.”

Distributed by National Geographic and narrated by actor Harrison Ford, the film is showing in IMAX and other theaters nationwide. It tells how, in a single century, flight has grown from the dream of science fiction to part of our everyday experience.

age-of-airplanes“The film reaches out and connects the farthest corners of the globe, just like the airplane,” said Hampel. “It captures the powerful influence commercial aviation has on our daily lives and brings it right into a theater for us all to enjoy and appreciate.”

Visually stunning, the documentary was produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”) and features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer James Horner (“Avatar,” “Titanic”).

“It is with great pride that I can say my education at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU fully prepared me for every film I’ve been a part of,” Hampel said. “The inspirational professors, the collaborative student community and the unique hands-on experience of Cable 8 student-run television all shaped and sharpened the tools I use on a daily basis to elevate my career.”

Learn more about “Living in the Age of Airplanes” at and Learn more about Hampel at


Darin Watkins, WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, 509-335-4456,