The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer

Behind all the jokes and insults, the AMC Pacer is actually a car with a great deal of history. It began as radical new design from an underdog company. In an attempt to combat the big, bland, boxy cars from Detroit's "Big Three," little American Motors Corporation decided to build something a little different. Their one-eyed car stylist Dick Teague proposed a small, wide car with big windows and smooth aerodynamics. Americans had never seen anything like it. This in-depth documentary tells the true story of the Pacer. Unbeknownst to many, the car persevered through manufacturing setbacks, government regulations, and many other troubles. Featuring a ton of old car advertisements and rare footage of AMC's factory, the film helps paint a picture of the Pacer's world. Director Joe Ligo sits down with AMC stylist Vincent Geraci, author Patrick Foster, and television personalities John Davis and Pat Goss from PBS's MotorWeek.

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Avanti Media is an independent German film production company focused on high-quality creative documentaries and arts programs for national and international markets. Along with ongoing documentary film production, in 2002 the company launched and continues to make the award-winning series Into the Night...for ZDF/ARTE. Avanti Media delivers 15 to 20 films a year. For example: Moebius Redux, featuring the visual dreamscape of the legendary French comic book artist Jean Giraud, successfully travelled the international festival circuit and won awards at ComiCon San Diego and the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. It was co-produced with ZDF/Arte, Bravo, TV Ontario and Canal D and was sold to AVRO, YLE Teema, SBS, BBC, SVT, Canal+Spain, Sky Arts and many others. Christoph Schlingensief -- The Pilots by Cordula Kablitz-Post about the renowned theater and film director in co-production with ZDF/Arte, premiered at the Hof International Film Festival 2008 and was subsequently released theatrically. Christoph Schlingensief -- The Pilots is available on DVD as well as Moebius Redux -- A Life In Pictures. In 2008 Edda Baumann-von Broen produced and directed in cooperation with Oscar-nomineé Oliver Hirschbiegel The Kindly Ones, a documentary about Jonathan Littell's controversial fictitious autobiography of a gay SS officer. Over the years Avanti Media has developed strong production ties across Europe and Canada and has sold films to many territories worldwide. The company received MEDIA Plus slate funding in 2005 and 2007 and produces a number of feature-length documentaries including Lou Andreas-Salomé and Tall Girls. In 2002 Edda Baumann-von Broen's co-managing director Cordula Kablitz-Post developed a fiction department for the firm. Its first independent feature, Sophiiiie won two awards at Munich Film Festival, screened in competition in Locarno and was invited to festivals around the world. High Maintenance, a coproduction with the Berlin International Film Festival, received the Student's Academy Award in 2007.