On getting an unprecedented look inside the development of the 2015 Ford Mustang.
by Stephen Saito
April 25, 2015
When Nigel Sinclair first recruited David Gelb to make a film about the Ford Mustang, timed to the 50th anniversary of the iconic American car, he passed along a copy of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs to him for inspiration.
“That was incredibly helpful because if you look at especially the iPhone, it’s an incredible piece of technology, but because of the way [Jobs] packaged it with the phone plans, almost anybody could afford it,” said Gelb, whose film “A Faster Horse” looks at the Mustang’s place in American culture. “So when you’re able to bring an aspirational item down to an affordable price, it can really change the world.”
With a few exceptions, car movies are a disaster and a senseless destruction of classic musclecars. This develops a false impression among the mainstream viewers of what the actual automotive world is all about. However, A Faster Horse is a promising 90 minutes car movie and talks about the world’s most iconic and recognizable cars – Ford Mustang, and also shows real people, not fictive characters. The team upholds the legacy of this brand in the process of creating a new 2015 model, after 50 years from the originals release. In the meantime, the parallels between the past and the present day are being explored. The Mustang’s chronicles are told not only by people who are passionate about it, but also by people whose lives are being modeled by it. This movie revolutionizes the small but bold idea into an American myth. What is more interesting is the fact hat the movie presents interviews with the original Mustang designer, Gale Halderman; the Chief Program Engineer for the 2015 Mustang, Dave Periack; the Chief Technical Officer, Tom Barnes; the Executive Director, Frank Davis; Edsel Ford II as well as many Team Mustang 2015 members that talk about what it really takes to make such a genuine American muscle car.
The movie’s premiere is scheduled for April, 18 at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Director: David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi)
Executive Producers: Allesandro (Al) Uzielli, Nicholas Ferrall, and Guy East