POV "Racing Dreams" on WXXI-TV

POV "Racing Dreams" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 10:30pm

Annabeth Barnes with her father Darren Barnes

Credit: Courtesy of Kent Smith

The WKA’s races have been a breeding ground for NASCAR racers in the past and Brandon, Annabeth, and Josh dream of stepping up to the “big leagues,” too.

Award-winning filmmaker Marshall Curry (Oscar®-nominated Street Fight, 2005; Sundance winner If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, 2011), returns to POV in 2012 with Racing Dreams, a chronicle of two boys and a girl who do something extraordinary: They fearlessly race extreme go-karts at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in pursuit of trophies and, just maybe, careers as NASCAR drivers. And as the youngsters compete on the track, they also navigate the treacherous road from childhood to young adulthood. Racing Dreams, winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and executive-produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson airs Sunday, February 26 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Fondly described as “Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye,” Racing Dreams is a dramatic, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of NASCAR culture as lived by three young aspirants to race-car glory and their families. The film follows Annabeth Barnes (11 years old), Josh Hobson (12) and Brandon Warren (13) as they compete in the Pavement Series, a year-long national championship of five races around the country organized by the World Karting Association (WKA).