While running a ski area called Hilltop at Truckee that also contained a ranch hotel, a restaurant, and photography and culinary workshops, Frederick Kohler started the American Dreamer Magazine to tell stories of people working at Hilltop and their Dreams, inviting readers to contact writers of the stories that interested them.
This participation would help each person achieve their Dream as well as increase the value of their collective lives.
had to lay this project aside due to its hindering costs, scale and complexity.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the P-51 & AT-6 , 1995, Arizona.
produced an interactive CD series on Warbirds, telling stories of the aircraft, their owners, crew, and enthusiasts.
The CDs also detailed technical procedures of maintaining and flying the aircraft.
This project cost twice as much and took three times the estimated time to complete, but it allowed Kohler
to establish a publishing house and led to his
temporarily moved to Paris for family reasons.
Two years prior, he
had started writing a novel called The Romantic Adventures of Barney Starcrost Esquire to trace philosophical concepts he
conceived in his
In that process, he
reunited with an old girlfriend, Sam, and wrote a screenplay with her
called Strictly Business.
Called to Paris, he
decided to work on the novel again and thought of transplanting the idea of volunteerism in aviation into the arena of movie-making.
If people could help each other to buy, maintain and fly a million-dollar aircraft of historical significance, why wouldn't they be able to unite to make a movie?
This idea crystallized when he
met a young Chinese-American, Ma Shumin, who aspired to be a film director.