A film by Marshall Curry
"Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye," Racing Dreams chronicles a year in the life of three tween kart racers who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers..
"Absorbing… Racing Dreams is one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little bit longer.”— The New York Times
"Four Stars: Marshall Curry’s outstanding documentary won’t just entertain your family for a little while. It’ll also inspire everyone to find a new passion.”— New York Daily News
“The terrific new documentary… is a straightforward and unsentimental survey of go-kart hotshoes and young love, of money and sweetness and bad fathers, of broken hearts and soured futures. Wherever you are, please find it.” —ESPN
About the film
Racing Dreams is the award winning coming-of-age story about three kids who dream of one day racing in NASCAR.
Academy Award® nominated documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry, takes us into the lives of Annabeth (11 years old), Josh (12), and Brandon (13) as they compete for the championship in the World Karting Association’s National Series — widely considered the Little League for professional racing.
Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph, these young drivers race their way through the year-long National Series that spawned many of NASCAR’s top drivers. And at the same time, they navigate the treacherous road between childhood and young adulthood. In intimate moments of young love and family struggle, this exciting and often humorous story has been fondly described as “part Catcher in the Rye, part Talladega Nights.”
Executive Produced by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.
Run time: 90 min.
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This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 23 Emmys, 13 George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards and the Prix-Italia.