Exotic Cars Star in Jalopnik Film Festival

A still from the Jalopnik Film Festival trailer

The second annual festival devoted to auto-centric films launches with the world-premiere preview of the documentary 'APEX: The Story of the Hypercar'

Last year, the editors at Jalopnik, the automotive enthusiast website, revved up their engines of caprice and launched a full-blown film festival devoted to nothing but cars and the men and women who drive, film and love them. The fest was with rife with displays of exotic cars to ogle, panel discussions pitting gearheads with cinematographers and directors and a flurry of awesome filmed automobilia capped by the public debut of no less than Rush, Ron Howard’s feature about Formula 1 racing, a week before it hit cinemas.

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The 2014 Jalopnik Film Festival opens Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, with the world premiere of the Volvo-sponsored feature Ignition, written by Casey Phillips and directed by Nicholas Cambata. It’s one of 10 films selected by the festival board, comprising investor and producer James Glickenhaus, Bloomberg Television anchor and automotive reporter Matt Miller, commercial film director Jeff Zwart, filmmaker Tamir Moscovici and Spike Feresten, host of Esquire Network’s Car Matchmaker. Among the selections is a 30-minute world-premiere preview of the documentary APEX: The Story of the Hypercar, shot entirely with Ultra HD Sony F55 4K cameras, which tells the stories behind the making of ultra-scarce — and ultra-pricey — Ferraris, McClarens and other supercars.

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"It turns out there are hundreds of thousands of people a year making films about car culture, and no one really features them in one place," said Matt Hardigree, Jalopnik's editor-in-chief. "We had 100 submissions for the jury, from 30-second drone clips to two-hour feature-length documentaries."

The two-day festival concludes Thursday, Nov. 6, with screenings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

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