Racing Dreams , an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Marshall Curry, follows Annabeth (11 years old), Josh (12) and Brandon (13) as they compete for the championship in the year-long World Karting Association National Series.
On its face, Racing Dreams is about NASCAR, the second biggest spectator sport in the U.S. “But really,” says Curry, “It’s more about adolescence. It’s about… trying to figure out who you are and who your parents are, what you want to be when you grow up, and what love feels like.”
Weaving through the pack of contenders at 70 miles per hour, the young drivers dream of racing in NASCAR some day. They agree that, “Being a NASCAR driver is the coolest job you could ever have.”
On and off the track, each navigates the treacherous road from childhood to young adulthood.
For Brandon, go-karting provides respite from family troubles. “When I come to a race, I don’t even think about what’s going on at home. Everything goes away. I don’t think about anything except racing.”
Annabeth explains, ”When you’re 11 or 12, your whole life is filled with people telling you what to do. But when you’re racing, you’re totally independent.”
“You have to be a person that can make a decision and not look back,” adds Josh. “That’s how life goes.”
Watch Racing Dreams. You’ll love this dramatic, funny, poignant film.