The Last Race
DIRECTOR: Michael Dweck
Q/A with Riverhead track champ, Jack Handley
PRODUCERS: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
EDITOR: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gregory Kershaw
The Last Race is a cinematic portrait of a Riverhead, Long Island stock car race track as its 87-year-old owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty struggle to maintain an American racing tradition in the face of a real estate development boom. The film merges image and sound in a unique narrative form to bring the audience into the world of grassroots racing culture and explore a story that subtly grapples with questions of blue collar American identity that have taken on a profound relevance in the current political era.
Michael Dweck is an award-winning American filmmaker and contemporary visual artist. Best recognized for his evocative narrative photography, Dweck artistically investigates the ongoing struggles between identity and adaptation found within endangered societal enclaves. Dweck's works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, and are part of prestigious international art collections, including the archive of the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where two of his long-form television pieces reside.