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ABOUT US Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter first collaborated in film in 1990, in 7th Grade drama class. There they crafted a masterful, if unauthorized, music video for Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing,” highlighted by a stellar carjacking sequence that featured Ford’s dad’s Suburban. They were not allowed to keep the car.

Having hit the peak at such a young age, they decided to step away from their craft, during which time Carlton founded a successful real estate business and earned a master's degree in sociology at the University of Houston. Ford also toed the professional/academic line, earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in the midst of a 10-year career in print journalism that included assignments in Russia and Dubai and stays in Kenya, Hawaii and suburban Houston. He bets you can't guess which one was least exciting.

The hiatus was, in hindsight, integral in forging an irreplaceable bond of friendship, trust, and the ability to recognize when the other was in no condition to drive. So 18 years after their first collaboration, and long after their initial fame had faded, they returned to film in 2008, writing, directing and producing a series of politically charged, satirical shorts that swung the presidential election decidely away from Fred Thompson. ("We value him too much as an actor," Ford says. "And we gotta keep him free for the 'Fletch' remake.")

A year later, they got even more serious and formed an LLC. ("If that's not serious, I don't know what is," Carlton likes to say. Ford says: "I like limited liability.") They even got business cards, and when they realized they were crap, they got some more. That summer they began rolling tape on Art Car: The Movie, a documentary about art cars in Houston and around the world. The subject appealed to both for a number of reasons, including the visionary talents of scores of local artists and thousands more around the world who devote their lives, their money and their passion to a pursuit that often brings joy and nothing else in return.

They both feel very strongly that you should see their movie. They think it’s quite good.