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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

RACING DREAMS

TFF 2009 Directed by Marshall Curry
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE RACING DREAMS [TFF 2009]

"Racing is an addiction, and we've got it bad," says the mother of one of the country's top go-kart racers. Annabeth, Josh, and Brandon, ranging in age from 11 to 13, all compete for the World Karting Association's national championship, a huge stepping stone to auto racing's big show—NASCAR. None of them can legally drive on a city street, but they each masterfully zip around a course at nearly 80 mph. Yet driving fast may be the easiest challenge facing these ambitious kids. Throughout the course of an entire WKA season, they each encounter not just the trials of adolescence but also the realities of a sport requiring great amounts of money to even compete.

Director Marshall Curry, returning to the Festival after winning the Festival's 2005 Audience Award for Street Fight, shows that he doesn't need the ethically challenged world of politics to make a film filled with compelling characters and drama. Curry strikes a perfect balance between speed and sentiment. The racing sequences prove exciting, but it's off the track that Racing Dreams is most compelling and effective, peeking into the lives of its three heroes and their supportive families to see what it takes to hit the road to stardom.

Interests
Sports, Documentary

"Racing is an addiction, and we've got it bad," says the mother of one of the country's top go-kart racers. Annabeth, Josh, and Brandon, ranging in age from 11 to 13, all compete for the World Karting Association's national championship, a huge stepping stone to auto racing's big show—NASCAR. None of them can legally drive on a city street, but they each masterfully zip around a course at nearly 80 mph. Yet driving fast may be the easiest challenge facing these ambitious kids. Throughout the course of an entire WKA season, they each encounter not just the trials of adolescence but also the realities of a sport requiring great amounts of money to even compete.

Director Marshall Curry, returning to the Festival after winning the Festival's 2005 Audience Award for Street Fight, shows that he doesn't need the ethically challenged world of politics to make a film filled with compelling characters and drama. Curry strikes a perfect balance between speed and sentiment. The racing sequences prove exciting, but it's off the track that Racing Dreams is most compelling and effective, peeking into the lives of its three heroes and their supportive families to see what it takes to hit the road to stardom.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 95 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Marshall Curry
Producers: Bristol Baughan, Marshall Curry
Executive Producers: Jack Turner, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Ben Goldhirsh
Editors: Matthew Hamachek, Marshall Curry, Mary Manhardt
Directors of Photography: Alan Jacobsen, Wolfgang Held, Peter Gordon, Marshall Curry
Music: The National, Joel Goodman
Contacts

Print Source
Matthew Hamachek

Main Contact
Bristol Baughan
Reason Pictures
1713 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718 499 6400
bristol@goodinc.com

Press Contact
Chanelle James
42West
200 West 42nd Street, 12th Fl. New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 277 7553
chanelle.james@42west.net

Print Source
Matthew Hamachek

Main Contact
Bristol Baughan
Reason Pictures
1713 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718 499 6400
bristol@goodinc.com

Press Contact
Chanelle James
42West
200 West 42nd Street, 12th Fl. New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 277 7553
chanelle.james@42west.net

Special Note

Winner: Heineken Audience Award Second Place.
As a result, this film will screen two additional times on
Sunday, May 3: 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
For tickets, click here.
 

Winner: Best Documentary Feature.
As a result, this film will screen two additional times on
Sunday, May 3: 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
For tickets, click here.
 

Family Film Festival: This film is suitable for ages 9 and up.

About the Director(s)

Marshall Curry directed the Academy Award®-nominated documentary Street Fight. The film won the audience awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Festival. It also received the jury prize at Hot Docs and was nominated for a WGA Award and a News and Documentary Emmy. He has received the International Documentary Association's Jacqueline Donnet Filmmaker Award and the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes. He is currently working on If a Tree Falls, a rare look at the Earth Liberation Front. Marshall lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.

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