Saturday, November 23, 2013


In his latest film "This is Long Beach" award winning filmmaker Brian Darwas shadows three generations of custom car & hot rod aficionados, The Long Beach Cavaliers.  Each generation, from the 1940's to present, recounts detailed memories and pays homage to the cars that bonded them in a lifelong brotherhood all while chopping a 1947 Ford in Brad Masterson's Kustom's car shop in historic Lynwood, California.

Four questions about This is Long Beach

Q: What prompted you (Brian Darwas) to make a film about the Long Beach Cavaliers?

A: History is a big part of hot rod and custom car culture, and I wanted to make a film that was rich in that history.  The Cavaliers are one of the oldest car clubs (est. 1947) that managed to survive through the ups and down of it all, so naturally they were a perfect fit.

Q: What was the filming process like?

A: I just sat each generation of the club down in front of the camera and let them reminisce about what life was like as they were growing up in Long Beach, and how the car culture of Southern California played such an important role in their lives.

Q: What was your favorite thing about making this film?

A: Just getting to hear real stories from real people that lived it.  Seeing these guys speak so fondly of a time period that I've only read about was really an awesome experience.

Q: And your least favorite?

A: Nothing, I enjoy being able to make movies and sharing them with the world.