Written by: Steve Holmgren, UnionDocs Programmer
After the screening, filmmaker Paul Devlin, myself, and other STF regulars got a chance to chat with Curry at length about the pending theatrical release of RACING DREAMS courtesy of Hanover House. Curry has become a hot property in the doc world after his low-budget first feature, STREET FIGHT, on the 2002 Newark mayoral campaign, garnered much critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination. RACING DREAMS certainly has the ingredients for box office success, and plays as exciting narrative drama, surpassing the standard documentary -as-information routine. They are wisely rolling out in Southern, racing-centric states, before hitting New York City and Los Angeles. With the right marketing push and outreach, this movie should break out as widely or wider than many narrative features on the same playing field. Curry summed up his success in crafting this as a moving story first and foremost by quoting a reaction from one of his subjects after seeing the film, “I thought you said it was going to be a documentary?” Time will tell how the market reacts, but we’re wishing the film all the best.