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Racing Dreams Details

  • Release Date: May 21, 2010
  • Rated: some thematic elements and brief language
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Genres: Art House/Foreign, Documentary
  • Director:Marshall Curry

FULL SYNOPSIS

After the critical success of Street Fight, which documented upstart Cory Booker's hard-fought effort to unseat embattled Newark mayor Sharpe James, filmmaker Marshall Curry switches gears with Racing Dreams, a look at three adolescents who race in the World Karting Association. With racers driving karts that reach up to 70 mph, the World Karting Association has come to be seen as a sort of unofficial minor leagues for NASCAR, and Annabeth Barnes, Josh Hobson, and Brandon Warren -- all between 11 and 13 years old, are promising young stars of the circuit. Curry's film explores the dynamics of kart racing, and takes an intimate look at all three kids and the individual challenges they face. Hobson, who idolizes Jeff Gordon, is the slickest of the three. He does well in school, and practices his interview skills along with his driving. The brash Warren struggles to control his temper, which has gotten him into trouble on the track, while Barnes finds herself missing out on the ordinary pleasures of childhood, and wonders whether or not she's ready to commit her life to racing. Curry also shows how economic and gender issues impact the kids' ability to compete in the expensive sport. While Warren comes from a disadvantaged background and depends on finding a sponsor to be able to fulfill his dreams, Barnes is fortunate enough to be a top female competitor at a time when NASCAR is actively trying to promote diversity in its ranks. Racing Dreams had its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary Feature, and placed second for the Audience Award. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:May 21, 2010

Cast

Crew

Marshall Curry
Director
Marshall Curry
Producer
Bristol Baughan
Producer
Marshall Curry
Cinematographer
Wolfgang Held
Cinematographer
Mary Manhardt
Editor
Matthew Hamachek
Editor
Marshall Curry
Editor
Xan Parker
Supervising Producer
Jordan Roberts
Supervising Producer
Dwayne Johnson
Executive Producer
Ben Goldhirsh
Executive Producer
Al Nelson
Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Gallagher
Production Manager
Clark Caldwell
Additional Cinematography
Hope Hall
Additional Cinematography
Mandy Goldberg
Post Production Coordinator
Matthew Hamachek
Post Production Supervisor
Axel Baumann
Additional Cinematography
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