The desolate, alien landscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats, barren, gleaming white…in the distance, the faint, high whine of motorcycles shifting through gears…and then three women stream into view on their roaring machines. Designed as a feature length documentary, Klocked: Women With Horsepower focuses on women motorcycle land speed record holders Laura Klock and her two daughters Erika and Karlee Cobb. Laura raced on the salt for the first time in 2006, and by 2008 her young daughters had joined her. That year the three became the first mother, daughter, daughter trio in land speed racing history to set records at the same time. In 2008 Karlee was also the youngest to set a record on the Salt, as she was only 14 years old. The trio has been setting records ever since and have been named some of the most influential women in land speed racing. Through moving and candid interviews Klocked: Women With Horsepower takes us into the lives of Laura Klock and Erika and Karlee Cobb revealing the strength of their mother, daughter, daughter relationship, the love and rivalry between two sisters and explores Laura’s non-profit dedicated to helping at risk youth called Helping With Horsepower.
Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver.
Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her recent film, Driven to Ride has broadcast in 28 states, on 185 channels in 80 markets with 334 telecasts. In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire titled Above the Ashes was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry.
Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Michelle’s prior non-profit work experience with Free Speech TV includes collaboration with grassroots organizations and larger institutions including the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Roosevelt Institute, Human Rights Watch International, among others.