Three-time Oscar nominee Steve Kalafer has revealed plans for a documentary about VAG’s emissions scandal.
The 66-year-old producer of 16 films is also a Volkswagen dealer and now he wants to tell the world the Dieselgate story in an unbiased way. The new documentary called “Backfire: The Volkswagen Fraud of the Century” will be based on real stories from dealers, customers, and regulators. In addition, Kalafer has plans to interview former Volkswagen executives as well as researchers from the West Virginia University where the diesel trick was initially discovered.
A dealer for no less than 39 years, Kalafer is the chairman of Flemington Car & Truck Country which has 17 franchises, including a Volkswagen dealership in Flemington New Jersey. Despite his strong connections with the Volkswagen Group, Kalafer mentions the documentary is coming to life from the perspective of a moviemaker and he will not appear on camera.
The project could end up as a feature-length film or as an episodic series, according to Jonathan Kalafer, Steve's son. When asked by VW about why he wants to do the documentary, Kalafer said that he wishes to tell the truth.
He told Automotive News that VW will have to deal with the Dieselgate-related problems in a straightforward way and with honesty and equity. Otherwise, he believes the diesel fiasco could effectively destroy the company.