If you had a Buick Grand National, would you preserve it in an airtight bubble in your garage to protect it for all eternity? That's exactly what one interview subject did in Andrew Filippone Jr.'s fantastic Black Air. We talked about what makes people go car crazy at our Jalopnik Film Festival panel.
The idea for BLACK AIR came on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009. I remember that date because the following Monday, January 5th, I posted on every Grand National and Turbo Regal message board I could find. I used the Sunday in between as a day to reflect, to make sure that I still liked the idea before I started telling…
As previously boasted, we're hosting the first ever Jalopnik Film Festival later this month. Our first film is the great Black Air and I'm exited to announce how cool the after film Q&A will be.
Do you want to see Ron Howard's new F1 epic RUSH before anyone else? What about the rally documentary Easier Said Than Done? Do you want to play Gran Turismo 6 early? Then I'm excited to announce you'll be able to do all that and more at the first ever Jalopnik Film Festival, presented by Gran Turismo 6.
The Buick Grand National is one of the mythic beasts of the car world. With a turbocharged V6 and the blackest of black paint, it is the Darth Vader of the roads and has established a fanatical cult following.
New York filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr. has chosen a righteous topic for a documentary: the Buick Grand National, the factory hot-rod that kept hope alive of a real renaissance within General Motors — rather incorrectly, in hindsight.