Steve Kalafer is a three-times Oscar nominee who has now unveiled his intention to make a documentary about VW Ag’s major emissions scandal.
The catch is that Kalafer, a 66-year-old producer of 16 films, is also the owner of a Volkswagen dealership – meaning it may be hard for him to sell this story as an unbiased one. Anyways, this new documentary called “Backfire: The Volkswagen Fraud of the Century” will tell real stories from dealers, customers, and regulators. The filmmaker also wants to reach out to former Volkswagen managers and the researchers from the West Virginia University where the diesel issue was first spotted. Kalafer has been a dealer for almost four decades and is now the chairman of Flemington Car & Truck Country – a group with 17 franchises, including a Volkswagen dealership in Flemington New Jersey.
While he has a rather strong connection to the German automaker, Kalafer has stated his documentary will be brought from the perspective of a moviemaker and he will not make any appearances on camera. Jonathan Kalafer, Steve’s son added this project may become either a feature-length film or an episodic series. Kalafer was even queried by VW about his intentions with the documentary and he reportedly answered he wants to tell the truth, adding the company should deal with Dieselgate in a straightforward way and with honesty and equity or possibly end up destroyed.