North American rights to Marshall Curry’s NASCAR doc “Racing Dreams” have been picked up by Hanover House, the the film and video distribution division of Target Development Group, Inc. The film, which was named best doc at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, will be released in theaters Friday, May 21st.
“Racing Dreams” follows 11-year-old Annabeth, 12-year-old Josh and 13-year old Brandon as they compete for the championship in the World Karting Association’s National Series – widely considered the Little League for professional racing. Clocking speeds of more than 70 mph, these young drivers race their way through the year-long National Series that spawned many of NASCAR’s top drivers. And at the same time, they navigate the treacherous road between childhood and young adulthood.
“On the surface, this is an exciting and funny movie about kids who love racing,” said director Marshall Curry in a statement. “But, beneath the surface, it’s a more universal coming-of-age story about being 11 or 12 years old and figuring out life and family and romance for the first time. Someone said recently it was part ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ part ‘Talledega Nights.'” [Brian Brooks]