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BLACK AIR: The Buick Grand National Documentary (documentary; 70 mins.; 2012)

I spent four years making this self-funded, feature-length documentary about the Buick Grand National. I'm not a car guy (and never have been one), but I came to this subject because I wanted to make a film about ambition and social class. The clip above is the film's first five minutes.

 

This is what it says on the back of the DVD (which is sold out):

 

It was a strange and curious misfit.

 

Though born a Buick, the Grand National was clearly something else. It was too quick and too brutish to carry that stodgy name. There was something inside the car trying to get out.

 

Its straight-line 0-60mph acceleration was extraordinary. Nothing in the mid-1980s could match it. Not Corvette. Not Lamborghini. Not Ferrari. But, in spite of this talent, the car was little more than a curiosity, a sidebar in debates about the performance elite of the day. Its roots as a Buick Regal, a conventional, mass-produced personal luxury car, marked it as an outsider, something too ordinary for serious discussion.

 

 

Screenings: Jalopnik Film Festival; Carlisle All-GM Nationals.

 

 

Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

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