About the film

Even though he became a Formula Ford auto racing champion in England, Willy T. Ribbs had another race to win in America en route to becoming in 1991 the first African-American driver to compete in the Indy 500. Widely considered the Jackie Robinson of auto racing, Ribbs dealt with racism from car owners, mechanics, sponsors and fellow drivers who often referred to him as “uppity” behind his back. Directed by Nate Adams and Adam Carolla, “Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story” features racing footage in downtown Detroit and profiles the controversial figure who broke the color barrier in auto racing during a long career that lasted from the late 1970s to early 2000s. World premiere.


2:30 p.m. Sat., April 13
Emagine Royal Oak

3 p.m. Sun., April 14
Cinema Detroit

Film credits

Year: 2019
Run time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Directors: Nate Adams, Adam Carolla
Producers: Nate Adams, Mike August, Adam Carolla, Anthony Vamvakitis
Cinematographer: Adam Sherer
Editor: Anthony Vamvakitis