Running Down A Dream

The making of a film

Non-Fiction - Adventure
298 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2022
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Author Biography

Paul Gorman is an author, filmmaker, screenwriter and producer of numerous short films, stage plays and feature films. His films have appeared in film festivals in North America and Europe, and his plays on stage in Seattle. His film, "Ride The Sky", can be found streaming on Roku channel DocsNow Plus. Gorman's book, "Into Trouble", chronicles his experiences in 1969 as a teenager when he ran into trouble with Francisco Franco's judicial system in Spain. It is available through Amazon. Further exploring his creative side, he spent years working in the high tech industry designing circuit boards and products for Fortune Five Hundred companies, including Boeing. Paul lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife and two dogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Joan Carson, a seasoned skydiver with more than 700 jumps, tragically died on Memorial Day Weekend in 1981 in Lost Prairie, Montana. Her friend Paul Gorman had previously dreamed of her tragic death, and after Joan's fatal accident, the memory of that dream haunted him. This is why he decided to make a documentary film about the young skydiver - but where to start? In the book Running Down a Dream, Gorman tells us how he gleaned the information he needed about Joan, how he met siblings and other people related to her, and discovered facts about Joan. Eventually, Gorman made his documentary film about the unfortunate skydiver, but in addition to the awards, it also brought an unexpected consequence.

At first, I believed that Running Down a Dream was a commemorative book on Joan Carson and that its goal was to recount her life. Instead, in addition to being a tribute to Joan, it is also a fascinating journey in search of information about Joan and the reconstruction of her life. Above all, it describes the genesis of the documentary film. Paul Gorman describes the facts of Joan's life and the making of the documentary with sincerity and devotion; these are the elements that strike one the most in his book. Running Down a Dream is a great story that deserves to be read. I hope to also see the documentary about Joan to conclude my adventure in the world of skydiving in the most appropriate way.