The world of lawn mower racing is made up of people who will travel across the country at their own expense to compete for nothing more than a plastic trophy and bragging rights as there are no cash prizes in the sport. When revenue is generated at the gate it is often donated to a worthy cause. The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association's race in Sparta, MI is a classic example of this. The Mikula family, who have lost six members to Huntington's disease host an annual race in their hometown to raise research money and awareness of this little known disease. On Your Mark, Get Set, MOW! will explore the world of lawn mower racing and how it is being used to as a race for a cure. Through on camera interviews with medical professionals, US congressmen, and Arlo Guthrie, who lost his father Woody Guthrie to the disease, an understanding of the disease will be established. The Mikula family of Michigan, who have lost six members to Huntington's disease are host to a US Lawn Mower ...Written by
When I first heard about this movie I thought it might be silly, or absurd, or snarky, none of which is true. OK, perhaps there is an element of the absurd. But film maker Mike Ratel uses a sympathetic and insightful treatment of multiple layers of subject matter to give the viewer to a truly engaging introduction to a dual universe they may only have been peripherally aware of – the intersection of lawn mower racing and Huntington's Disease. I thought it was hilarious, poignant, and entertaining.
The sound track is well matched to the pacing and editing, and the interviews range from humorous to profound. I did not anticipate such an emotional response from such a seemingly trivial and ridiculous subject - Lawn Mower Racing.
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