Perhaps it was the hellfire brewing underneath Matt Damon’s performance in Ford v Ferrari. Or maybe it occurred as you turned the pages of A.J. Baime’s Go Like Hell. No matter the source, if you’ve still got an itch to go further into the high-octane world of Carroll Shelby and his cars, we’ve got just the thing.
This Friday, April 24, at 7:30 a.m. ET, during its all-new 2020 Virtual Film Festival, the Detroit Free Press will be featuring a streamable two-hour documentary about the legend himself, entitled Shelby American: The Life of Carroll Shelby. Due to the current global pandemic, the planned screening of the physical version of the festival has been pushed to December, however, an online “virtual festival” is kicking off April 22. All viewings are free of charge, but make note, they will only be active and running during their designated time slots.
Shelby American is directed by Nate Adams and co-produced by Adam Carolla. If this creative pairing rings any bells, that’s most likely due to their impressive roster of top-notch racing documentaries, including Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015), spanning Newman’s 35-year racing career, and The 24 Hour War (2016), a pulse-pounding account of the infamous Ford vs. Ferrari rivalry.
Carroll Shelby’s influence on the industry was monumental. Together with Iacocca, he sourced grassroots connections to change the landscape in Detroit. He turned down Enzo like a bad date more than once. Raised Tigers. And, ever the enthusiast, he amassed a considerable stable of vehicles in his private collection.
The trailer showcases a slice of Shelby’s daunting passion and inextinguishable confidence that defined perhaps the most profound figure in American motorsports:
The festival’s lineup page indicates that direct links to hosted screenings will be made available later in the week. Alternatively all screenings will be accessible on their main page at freep.com and its related social media platforms. You may also choose to review the full schedule on their website now. According to the organizers, the festival advocates for work in connection to the issues, people and places of Southeast Michigan.
To learn more about the filmmakers, and Chassy Media, visit their website at chassy.com