Cunard, operator of The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World, will welcome Tribeca Film Festival award-winning documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry aboard Queen Mary 2 on the 8 August Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton. During the Crossing, Curry will participate in Cunard Insights, the Line's award-winning onboard enrichment programme, and will screen his acclaimed 2009 film, "Racing Dreams." The film won Best Documentary in the 2009 World Documentary Feature competition at the Festival, a category which was sponsored by Cunard. In addition to this accolade, Curry also received Academy Award® and Emmy® nominations for his 2005 film, “Street Fight.”
“Cunard has a long history of supporting and celebrating the arts,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We are pleased to welcome the extraordinary filmmaker Marshall Curry aboard Queen Mary 2, and look forward to his Insights programme that is sure to entertain our guests.”
In the coming-of-age story about three children who dream of one day racing in NASCAR, "Racing Dreams" takes us into the lives of Annabeth (age 11), Josh (12) and Brandon (13) 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 up to 70 mph, these young drivers race their way through the year-long National Series that spawned many of NASCAR's top drivers. At the same time, they navigate the treacherous road between childhood and young adulthood.
“I am thrilled to be celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival ‘Best Documentary’ aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2,” said Marshall Curry. “It will be an honour to screen ‘Racing Dreams’ and engage with the guests in an up close and personal setting.”
Delving deeply into a variety of compelling and relevant topics, Cunard Insights introduces guests to stimulating experts and accomplished visionaries who reflect the line's heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series of lectures, Q&A's and workshops, guests connect with authors and intellectuals who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, politics, arts and literature. The Insights programme underscores Cunard's longstanding view that onboard entertainment should afford guests a provocative and rewarding cerebral experience.
Widely considered the definitive ocean travel experience, a Cunard Transatlantic Crossing offers guests myriad opportunities for intellectual interaction, leisurely pursuits, health and wellness activities, and gourmet dining. Unique Cunard amenities found aboard Queen Mary 2 include the famed Princess and Queens Grill accommodation, the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea and the first Todd English restaurant at sea.