HOSTS SPECIAL PRESENTATION AS THE KICKOFF TO THE 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX IN AUSTIN
EXCLUSIVE MEDIA’S SPITFIRE PICTURES, PRODUCERS OF OSCAR WINNER UNDEFEATED, UNLEASH THEIR NEXT BIG FILM, “1”
AUSTIN, TX (November 1, 2012) Following the Academy Award win for their documentary film UNDEFEATED, Exclusive Media¹s Spitfire Pictures will unveil their new documentary film ³1², the exhilarating and unvarnished true story of the rise of Formula 1, at a red carpet Special Presentation event to kick off the inaugural 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX weekend in Austin, TX on November 15th.
SXSW Film Festival and The Circuit of The Americas (CoTA), the Austin Grand Prix racing track, have teamed up with producers to present this highly anticipated red carpet Special Presentation event on Thursday November 15th, the first night of the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX weekend, at the Paramount Theatre in the center of Austin.
“We are thrilled to be unveiling our film with CoTA and SXSW during the penultimate round of the 2012 Formula 1 racing season. The sneak peak of Paul Crowder and Mark Monroe’s bold film is guaranteed to rival the excitement on the track, commented Shevloff. Nigel, Glen Zipper and the team at Spitfire Pictures are great partners – it’s always a good day when you are working with friends as well as excellent filmmakers, he continued.
Produced by Spitfire Pictures, Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs,”1” is an action documentary that brings the glamour, speed, danger and excitement of Formula One Grand Prix racing to the big screen. The film tells the story of the golden age of Formula 1, when the sport became terrifyingly dangerous and the drivers were like rock stars with charisma and raw talent, but with many of them paying the ultimate price. “1” follows the story of the drivers who raced on the edge and those who stood up to change the sport forever. It is about the greatest show on earth – Formula 1.
“The early days of Formula 1 racing was a very different time – the risks were high and the characters were more than larger than life,” said Sinclair. “Our film is a big screen experience in which we travel across the world with the glamorous circus surrounding this death defying sport but also experience the tragedy that came with it. It’s emotional, frightening and so very, very exciting, but ultimately about humanity and friendship between the drivers.”
“Millions of people worldwide watch the Formula One races as the circus travels the globe, but there are many who just don’t know the history behind this, at one time, incredibly dangerous sport. Our film conveys the essence of the era while telling this story and giving intimate insight into the life and personality, struggles and triumphs of racing’s pivotal characters,” added Crowder.
“1” is brought to by Director Paul Crowder, Producers Nigel Sinclair and Michael Shevloff and Writer Mark Monroe. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Paul Crowder, whose credits include Spitfire Pictures’ AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO and THE LAST PLAY AT SHEA, and ESPN Films’ ONCE IN A LIFETIME. The film is written by Mark Monroe, Paul Crowder’s long time creative partner, who wrote the Oscar winning documentary THE COVE and THE TILLMAN STORY. Producer Nigel Sinclair is a noted feature film and documentary filmmaker having won two Grammy’s for NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN and FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH as well as an Emmy Award for GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD.
The high octane film includes never-before-seen archive footage, a rich soundtrack and the most impressive list of Formula 1 interviewees ever assembled, including 12 world champions past and present. Their names include: Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Sebastien Vettel, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill. Other notable interviewees are F1 Chief, Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Formula 1 team doctor Professor Sid Watkins, Jacky Ickx, Eddie Jordan and Martin Brundle.
Limited number of tickets will be available to the general public for purchase at $15 per ticket. For ticket information please visit Paramount Theatre or call (512) 474-1221.