Michelle Bauer Carpenter film Klocked

Film chronicles family that flies on two wheels

CAM filmmaker Carpenter trains her camera on trio of women who set land-speed records

September 2, 2016

The story of three women – a mother and her two daughters – with a serious need for speed is chronicled in the fast-paced new documentary by Michelle Bauer Carpenter, an associate professor of digital design in the College of Arts & Media (CAM).

Carpenter takes viewers into the lives of Laura Klock, Erika Cobb and Karlee Cobb, who in 2008 became the first mother-and-children trio in land-speed racing history to set records at the same time. The women fly across the barren Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah on roaring motorcycles, clocking speeds approaching 200 mph. Thus, the name of Carpenter’s film, “Klocked: Women with Horsepower.”

The film will headline the ‘Adventure’ Reel at the Breckenridge Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. It will begin national PBS distribution on Oct. 16.

Laura Klock featured in documentary
CAM Associate Professor Michelle Bauer Carpenter’s new film tells the story of Laura Klock, who set a land-speed record in 2006 on a motorcycle. Photo by Scooter Grubb.

“Klocked” follows Carpenter’s motorcycle-themed “Driven to Ride,” which has broadcast in 32 states and 93 markets. In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire, “Above the Ashes,” was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards.

‘It’s so cool’

With “Klocked: Women with Horsepower” Carpenter has taken collaboration with CAM colleagues and students to new heights. Nine faculty, students and alumni shared their talents on the project. “It’s so cool to have all of the alumni and students helping on the film!” she said.

“Klocked” tells the story of Laura Klock, who grew up in rural Wisconsin surrounded by motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. In 2006, Klock burst onto the land-speed scene by setting a national record of 143.659 mph racing a customized Harley-Davidson cycle built for the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off TV series. In 2008, she broke her own record with a speed of 153.906 and her daughters joined the quest for speed. That year, Laura’s 14-year-old daughter Karlee was named the youngest racer to set a record on the Salt Flats. Their top speeds to date have ranged between 195 to 197 mph.

Motorcycle film by CU Denver professor debuts in September
CAM Associate Professor Michelle Bauer Carpenter will debut her new film “Klocked” at the Breckenridge Film Festival on Sept. 16. Photo by Scooter Grubb.

Using motorcycle racing as a backdrop, Carpenter, who directed and produced the film, explores the strength of a family’s relationships, the love and rivalry between two sisters and Klock’s nonprofit, Helping with Horsepower, which is dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

CAM collaborators

Others in CAM, including graduates, associated with the film:

  • Leslie Gaston – sound editor, re-recording mixer and associate producer. Gaston is an associate professor of Music in Recording Arts.
  • Craig Volk – associate producer and mentor. Volk is an associate professor of Theatre, Film and Video Production.
  • Robert Fraser – colorist and associate producer. Fraser is a 2004 CAM graduate (Digital Design) and current senior editor and colorist in Denver.
  • Michael Eldridge – motion designer. Eldridge is a 2015 CAM graduate (Digital Design).
  • Brandon Vaccaro – theme score producer. Vaccaro is a 2010 CAM graduate (MS, Recording Arts) and current faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, teaching music and sound recording technology.
  • Current Digital Design students Katey Marquette and Tregg Frank – motion designers.
  • Current students Joshua Kern and Erik Hulslander – assisted with sound design and audio sweetening. Kern is an undergraduate student in Music & Entertainment Industry Studies and Hulslander is a graduate student in Recording Arts.