Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Brad Kolesar '18, Broadcast & Digital Communications major and Social Media/Film Studies minor, presents the trailer for his capstone documentary project entitled "Hitting the Redline." The documentary focuses on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a a ten-day celebration that pays tribute to the world of vintage cars and vintage motorsports racing. Kolesar chose to document this event because of his previous involvement.
"I have been involved with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for over six years, four of the years being one of the racecar drivers in the event," said Kolesar. "I believe I can show in depth behind the scenes of the Grand Prix and put a spotlight on this unique Pittsburgh event."
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix includes various car parades and shows, driving tours, receptions, and vintage car racing and has raised over 4.3 million dollars over the past 30 years.
"Even though the event revolves around vintage cars, there is a bigger picture here at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix," adds Kolesar. "All of the proceeds from the event provide funding for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School, which helps kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Pittsburgh region."
Kolesar is a member of the Titan swim team, a director and producer at Westminster Cable, and one of five students in the documentary production course. The course spans two semesters moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. The experiences culminates in the world premiere of the projects during the November 2017 Student Documentary Showcase on campus alongside classmates Emiley Westfall, Justin Wilson, Troy Jackson, and Charles Borges.
The full trailer for "Hitting the Red Line" is available for streaming on Vimeo.