POV: Racing Dreams
Airs Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, February 24, 2012
Fondly described as “Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye,” “Racing Dreams” chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers.
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Though they aren’t old enough for driving licenses, Brandon (13 years old), Josh (12) and Annabeth (11) race extreme go-karts at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in the World Karting Association’s national series, the “Little League” of professional racing.
The WKA's races have been a breeding ground for NASCAR racers in the past — Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and others started out racing competitive go-karts — and Brandon, Annabeth and Josh dream of stepping up to the "big leagues," too.
As the tour unfolds, the three young racers step from the sheltered world of childhood into adolescence — discovering romance for the first time, questioning their relationships with their parents and glimpsing the serious obstacles that will threaten their ability to achieve their dreams.
The film, by Marshall Curry (Oscar®-nominated “Street Fight,” POV 2005; “If a Tree Falls,” POV 2011), is a humorous and heartbreaking portrait of racing, young love and family struggle. Winner of Best Documentary Feature Award, 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
"Racing Dreams" will be available for online viewing February 24 through March 24, 2012.