BALLOON MAN Documentary to Premiere On-Demand February 2, 2021, Engaging Virtual Series, 'Beyond Balloon Man' Available Now

BALLOON MAN Documentary to Premiere On-Demand February 2, 2021, Engaging Virtual Series, ‘Beyond Balloon Man’ Available Now

BALLOON MAN Documentary to Premiere On-Demand February 2, 2021, Engaging Virtual Series, ‘Beyond Balloon Man’ Available Now


The documentary film BALLOON MAN, set to premiere on-demand on February 2, 2021, today announced an engaging new virtual series, Beyond Balloon Man, which will explore important, and topical themes unearthed within its story. The series includes four engaging discussions releasing from January 18 through the film’s premiere.


Acquired by Gravitas Ventures from filmmaker Chantal Potter as her feature directorial debut, BALLOON MAN is an intimate portrait of the life, trials, and triumphs of Bill Costen, a former NFL athlete who learned how to navigate through the clouds as a hot-air balloon pilot. A beautiful accolade to her father, Potter’s BALLOON MAN paints a warm picture of the loves of Costen’s life; family, sport and history. From inspiration through meeting MLK Jr., to leveling the playing field with former NFL players, Bill Costen’s life has been nothing short of fascinating. After saying goodbye to a career on the turf, Costen took to the air, becoming the first African American Hot-Air Balloon Master Pilot in the world.


“Ballooning is very much a niche culture and at first glance, this film may only appeal to balloon enthusiasts,” said Potter, “However, my father is far more than just a pilot and he’s never shied away from the road less traveled. Beyond Balloon Man will offer audiences and experts, a space to discuss the many topics the film touches on – from life after being a professional athlete, to the important father and daughter dynamic – after all, this film is about so much more than just ballooning.”


The panel series will be available on leading up to the film’s release on February 2, 2021. For more information and the full series lineup, please see below:




Beyond Balloon Man: Life After Pro Sports


Former professional athletes recount their career highs and what defines them outside of sports.


Moderated by: Chantal Potter (Director/ Producer, BALLOON MAN)


Panelists: Bill Costen (Former NFL Defensive Tackle & Master Hot-Air Balloon Pilot), Etan Thomas (Former NBA Center/ Power Forward), Kym Hampton (Former WNBA Center), Channing Crowder (Former NFL Linebacker), Chris Baker (Former NFL Defensive Tackle)




Beyond Balloon Man: Ballooning is for _____


Distinguished aeronauts discuss ballooning culture, bringing to the forefront some of their most rewarding and challenging experiences.


Moderated by: Chantal Potter (Director/ Producer, BALLOON MAN)


Panelists: Bill Costen (Ed Yost Master Pilot and Owner, Sky Endeavors), Berdt Padelt (2021 U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame Inductee and Shields-Trauger Award Recipient), Cheri White (Shields-Trauger Award Recipient), Glen Moyer (Editor, BALLOONING and Shields-Trauger Award Recipient), Mick Murphy (Former President, Balloon Federation of America and Owner, AER Blarney Balloons), Keith Sproul (Owner, Sky Chariot)





Beyond Balloon Man: Knowledge is Power


Educators discuss black excellence, advancement, legacy, and a new act mandating the inclusion of African American studies in the Connecticut Public School System.


Moderated by: Chantal Potter (Director/ Producer, BALLOON MAN)


Panelists: Bill Costen (Curator, The Costen Cultural Exhibition), Senator Douglas McCrory (Connecticut State Democrat), Gene Brown (Social Media Strategist & Special Assistant to the President, NAACP), Kentavius Jones (Educator & Musician)





Beyond Balloon Man: Daughters of Men


Daddy’s girls talk about influence, heroism, and the power of the present father.


Moderated by: Rachel Vassel (Author, Daughters of Men: Portraits of African-American Women and Their Fathers)


Panelists: Chantal Potter (Balloon Man), Kiah Clingman (Eavesdropping on the Elders) Erin Keith (Writer & Social Justice Attorney)





Balloon Man Premiere Watch Party


Join the Balloon Man cast and crew for a Zoom meet & greet and documentary premiere celebration! Following the watch party, head over to iTunes or your preferred streaming service to watch the film. Press play at 9pm EST and tweet with us using the hashtags #BalloonManMovie and #BeyondBalloonMan. This virtual event will be hosted by the Hartford Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Register here:

BALLOON MAN will be available to stream on VOD February 2, 2021. iVOD platforms include; iTunes/ Apple TV (available for pre-order on January 11), Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, Google Play, Youtube, Microsoft, PlayStation, and Vimeo. VOD platforms include; Comcast, Verizon FiOS, Spectrum, Dish Network, Frontier, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Armstrong, and Shaw. Home Entertainment Platforms include; Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Alliance Entertainment, Midwest Tape, Library Bound Inc., and at


A detailed schedule of the series can be found on Chantal Potter’s website at BALLOON MAN is currently available for pre-order on iTunes:





Chantal Potter is an award-winning director, producer, and writer focused on inspirational and thought-provoking storytelling. She founded Made For T.V. Productions in 2008 and graduated from Howard University the following year with a Bachelor of Arts. Potter was previously known for BET Network’s award-winning docu-series, The Defining Moment & Turning Point, where she was the creator, Executive Producer, and host. As a news producer at BET, she was accountable for developing over 1,000 news briefs and short-form documentaries for the network, VOD, and digital platforms. In 2013, Potter traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to produce the documentary, Being Mandela: Continuing the Legacy, which was an intimate look into the lives of Nelson and Winnie Mandela through the eyes of their granddaughter, Swati Dlamini. That year, BET was awarded The Walter Cronkite Award for National Network Programming for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. For half of a decade, Potter worked with The Creative Mind Group, ushering hundreds of students into the film industry through internships and opportunities to produce short films during the Cannes Film Festival in France. Her feature directorial debut, Balloon Man will be released worldwide on-demand on February 2, 2021.



Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with  talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America – over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include THE SECRET: DARE TO DREAM, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Katie Holmes; END OF SENTENCE starring Logan Lerman and John Hawkes; LOOKS THAT KILL; TREAD; LOOPERS: THE CADDIE’S LONG WALK, narrated by Bill Murray; Colin Hanks’ ALL THINGS MUST PASS; and the upcoming OUR FRIEND starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and Jason Segel.  For more information, please visit, and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.





Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content, comprised of an acclaimed network of international production companies and labels in seven territories; world-leading digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading media groups.



Made for T.V. Productions is a full-service creative agency founded in 2008 by award-winning filmmaker, Chantal Potter. Built on authentic passion and quality partnerships, Made For T.V. specializes in independent film, scripted and unscripted television, original content, concept ideation, and development. For more information on BALLOON MAN please visit, and follow @BalloonManMovie on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


BALLOON MAN Documentary to Premiere On-Demand February 2, 2021, Engaging Virtual Series, ‘Beyond Balloon Man’ Available Now


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