Racing Dreams

World Premiere

USA | 95 MINUTES | English |


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.

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.


Directed by Marshall Curry

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.

The National, Joel Goodman
Matthew Hamachek, Marshall Curry, Mary Manhardt
Directors of Photography
Alan Jacobsen, Wolfgang Held, Peter Gordon, Marshall Curry
Marshall Curry
Executive Producers
Jack Turner, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Ben Goldhirsh
Bristol Baughan, Marshall Curry


Print Source
Matthew Hamachek
Press Contact
Chanelle James
200 West 42nd Street, 12th Fl. New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 277 7553
Main Contact
Bristol Baughan
Reason Pictures
1713 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718 499 6400