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SHIFT GRACEFULLY…
WITH AGE.

Program Length:
1 hour/Widescreen/Stereo/
NTSC/With Added Content/

PBS Broadcast Documentary/
PBS HD and Analog
Broadcast Release

Year of Release: 2006

Appearing:
John Fitch, Elizabeth Fitch,
Sam Posey, Robert Sirna

Producer/Director:
Chris Szwedo

Narrator: Guy Van Duser

Music: Chris Szwedo

Audience:
General Including Racing Enthusiasts/Senior Citizens/Longevity Experts/Mercedes Enthusiasts/
Historic Sports Car Enthusiasts

 

Experience a real adventure in the American West as a legendary racer from a long-ago era, 87 year-old John Fitch, takes to the Bonneville Salt Flats for one last record attempt in his signature Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing-- a car he raced successfully in Europe a half a century prior! The result is a highly textured and visually absorbing essay set amidst an ancient landscape that alters the standard views of old age and retirement, while reinforcing the universal human need for challenge.

A Gullwing At Twilight was independently produced specifically for, and aired many times by the PBS HD channel. After viewing the film, you might look across at your own lifespan and see it differently. Staying focused, remaining passionate, and holding onto a sense of purpose is the message that rises out the borderless backdrop of western Utah. Armed with his classic super car, the protagonist drives home an important message that it’s not whether you win or lose-- it’s whether or not you show up-- with the courage to give it your best. The next time you think you’re getting old, think of John Fitch walking triumphantly towards his waiting Gullwing, with adventure beyond.

WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS MOTOR PRESS GUILD
“DEAN BATCHELOR AWARD” FOR EXCELLENCE IN
AUTOMOTIVE COMMUNICATION

A GULLWING AT TWILIGHT explores Fitch the man, whose reputation as the consummate gentleman racer persists. The power of this film lies not in reliving the past, but rather it its focus on Fitch continually challenging himself, and our outdated notions of what elderly persons can accomplish. Racing, people, and nature unite in this thoughtful documentary."
AUTOWEEK MAGAZINE

“This atmospheric tribute to octogenarian motor sports star John Fitch chronicles his attempt to set an age class speed record. Fitch doesn’t pilot just any speed buggy; he gets behind the wheel of a 1955 Mercedes Gullwing. Filmed at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah, this widescreen production is ethereal in a visual sense. Fitch’s story is told through interviews with his wife and associates. Stressing his indomitable spirit, the interviewees comment about his perseverance and refusal to give up on or make concessions to age. Fitch explains what makes a great car and what it takes to be great driver in this relaxed but purposeful program. Underlying the urgency is an omnipresent new age soundtrack that enhances the viewpoint. Beautiful cinematography and sharp visual components make this stellar."
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BOOKLIST MAGAZINE

“A big part of the film’s message: inspiration that fortifies desire, vividly exploring the importance of continuing to do what you love. Land speed racing is an elixir of youth.
LOUISE ANN NOETH, noted racing author and historian

© 2013 Chris Szwedo Productions | cszwedo@comcast.net