Racing Dreams

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Racing Dreams
Promotional poster for Racing Dreams.jpg
Promotional poster for Racing Dreams
Directed byMarshall Curry
Produced byMarshall Curry
Bristol Baughan
Written byMarshall Curry
StarringAnnabeth Barnes
Josh Hobsen
Brandon Warren
Music byJoel Goodman
CinematographyMarshall Curry
Peter Gordon
Wolfgang Held
Alan Jacobsen
Edited byMarshall Curry
Matthew Hamachek
Mary Manhardt
Marshall Curry Productions LLC
Reason Pictures
White Buffalo Entertainment
Hyperion Media Group
Distributed byHannover House
Release date
  • June 2009 (2009-06) (Silverdocs)[1]
  • May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$65,082

Racing Dreams is a 2009 American documentary film directed by Marshall Curry following two boys and a girl through a season of World Karting Association (WKA) racing as they compete and aspire to become professional NASCAR drivers.

Racing Dreams was produced by Bristol Baughan and Marshall Curry, and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Turner, Dany Garcia (White Buffalo Entertainment) and Ben Goldhirsh (Good Inc.). The film opened in theaters in select cities May 2010, with marketing support by NASCAR Entertainment.

Racing Dreams is also being developed into a feature film by DreamWorks Producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.


The film centers on racers Annabeth Barnes (11 years old), Josh Hobson (12), and Brandon Warren (13) during a single season of WKA racing, where success can lead to sponsorships and a NASCAR career.[2] All three face challenges off the track as well as on as they come of age in the surprisingly high-pressure world of go-kart racing.


Racing Dreams won Best Documentary at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was also runner up for the Audience Award.[3] The film has a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.38/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Racing Dreams offers an absorbing peek at the lives of young NASCAR hopefuls that should resonate with racing enthusiasts as well as viewers with no connection to the sport."[4] The film was called "The best film of the year," by the Los Angeles Times ("The Envelope") and "Absorbing… one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little longer, " by The New York Times.[5]



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  2. ^ Holden, Stephan. “Too Young for Driver’s Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions.” Archived 2012-07-16 at New York Times. Accessed on August 4, 2010.
  3. ^ O'Neil, Tom. "Tribeca Film Festival Awards". LA Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Racing Dreams (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "Too Young for Driver's Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Tribeca Film Festival Names Prizewinners". NY Times.
  7. ^ Ridley, Jim. "Hipsters,' 'The Colonel's Bride,' 'Racing Dreams,' Van Peebles Cop Prizes at NaFF". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Knegt, Peter. ""Winter's Bone," "Flag" Top Florida Fest Winners". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Mandel, Nora Lee. "Racing Dreams". Film-Forward. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Racing Dreams Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Racing Dreams". International Cinema US. Retrieved 14 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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