Documentary Planned

A Study of Auburn, Indiana

Larry Jewett - September 04, 2012 07:36 AM


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Ball State University students are producing a documentary exploring the people and machines of Auburn, Indiana, that helped define the automotive history of the early 20th century.
Under the direction of Hans Kellogg, an assistant technology professor, this immersive learning experience will showcase the significance of Auburn, Indiana, and the Auburn Automobile Co. as a premier, independent specialty manufacturer from 1900 to 1937.
“Beginning with the inception of the Duesenberg sports car, to the subtle elegance of the Auburn automobile and innovative engineering of the Cord, the community of Auburn has held a special place in America’s automotive past,” Kellogg says. “The goal will be to create a feature length documentary film exploring the heart and soul of three distinct automobiles.
“Together, each line portrays a subtle blend of Indiana’s past, its people and machines, its technology and the drive of the industrialist E.L. Cord, who saw opportunity where others viewed insolvency. It is a rich past that will provide an extraordinary immersive experience as students explore the story surrounding these three motorcars.”
Ball State students will visit Auburn to attend the community’s garage tour, which allows local residents to show off their vintage cars at their homes. Students also will film the annual Auburn auto festival and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. Another crew will document 38 vintage cars as they travel from Auburn to Jackson, Michigan.