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POV: Racing Dreams

Airs Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Racing karts going around the track as seen in POV "Racing Dreams."

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.

Brandon Warren
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Above: Brandon Warren

Josh Hobson
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Above: Josh Hobson

Annabeth Barnes with her father Darren Barnes.
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Above: Annabeth Barnes with her father Darren Barnes.

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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.

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Trailer: POV: Racing Dreams

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Racing Dreams: The Dangers of Racing

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Above: Just like any sport, kart racing gives family plenty of worry about. The mother of "tween" racer Josh Hobson talks about how she deals with the nervousness that comes with watching her son whip around a track at 80 mph.

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Racing Dreams: I Don't Need to Go to College

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Above: In this clip from "Racing Dreams," Annabeth jokes that she doesn't have to go to college, but both of her parents think otherwise. Annabeth's mother wishes better for her speedster daughter.

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Filmmaker Marshall Curry on "Racing Dreams"

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Above: Inner-city politics, radical environmentalism and now NASCAR — Marshall Curry's documentaries delve into the human sides of timely stories. In this interview, Curry describes the making of "Racing Dreams" and the "tweens" in the film who have big goals of becoming professional NASCAR drivers.