Posted by Sindicator on October 8, 2012 | Comments Off
Cast and crew have been hard at work shooting the long awaited film “50 to 1″, a true story of the feisty team of cowboys who came together to send the long shot New Mexico horse, Mine that Bird all the way to an unforgettable win at the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
“50 to 1″, previously titled “Wild Ride”, has been filming in various New Mexico locations, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Sunland Park Racetrack and Albuquerque.
In fact if you happened through the valley at just the right time over the weekend, you may have caught a glimpse of some of the stars while ABQ filming was underway! Pictured above: Skeet Ulrich as Chip Woolley, Todd Lowe as Kelly Denninton and David Atkinson as Billy Woolley.
Now ready to wrap their stint here in NM, next-up for the whole production is Kentucky and the hallowed ground on which the “crooked-legged, little horse” from New Mexico scored his spectacular and historic Derby win!
“50 to 1″ is directed and produced by Jim Wilson, the Über producer behind such films as The Body Guard, Dances With Wolves, Message in a Bottle and Swing Vote.
The film also stars Christian Kane, William Devane and Madelyn Deutch.
Keep track of this New Mexico story as it’s being captured for the silver screen, here, here and here.
You can also get in on the Louisville, Kentucky shoot here!
The production is looking for grooms, jockeys, and men, women, and children of all ages and all races to appear in non-speaking roles in this feature film. These are all paid positions.
Filming is set to take place in the Las Cruces and El Paso areas in September.
Elizabeth Gabel the extras casting director for “The Lone Ranger,” “Cowboys & Aliens, “Terminator Salvation,” the Oscar®-winning “No Country for Old Men” and many more will be conducting the casting call.
For more information and to register or update a profile with EG Casting go to www.egcasting.com
“It is always a pleasure to return to New Mexico to make a film. I enjoy the crews, the locations and some old friends. On our new film we are hopscotching across the state. I am looking forward to it all,” -Jim Wilson, Producer/Director
As we’ve been following for you here, the sure to inspire feature film chronicling the amazing ride to the Kentucky Derby win for New Mexico’s Own Mine That Bird is set to begin production in NM.
Production Director Karen Koch says that 99% of the film’s crew will be New Mexican!
Official NMFO Press Release:
SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today the independent feature film, “50 to 1” will begin production early September though early October. Principal photography will take place in and around Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Edgewood, Tijeras, Corrales, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. The production will employ at least one hundred (100) New Mexico crewmembers, (30) New Mexico actors and over five hundred and fifty (550) background players. Produced and directed by Jim Wilson (Dances With Wolves, Swing Vote, Wyatt Earp) he states, “It is always a pleasure to return to New Mexico to make a film. I produced Wyatt Earp almost twenty years ago, then came back to make Swing Vote. I enjoy the crews, the locations, and some old friends. On our new film we are hopscotching across the state, from Sunland Park to Las Cruces to Albuquerque. I am looking forward to it all.” Karen Koch, New Mexico native and the film’s Production Manager says, “The ninety-nine percent New Mexican crew is proud to tell this homegrown story and feature so positively the southern part of our State.” 50 to 1 is the true story of a New Mexico racehorse Mine That Bird who won the Kentucky Derby at 50 to 1 odds and the unlikely team of New Mexicans who believed it was possible.
Posted by Sindicator on July 11, 2012 | Comments Off
From one Roswell, NM born phenom to another, the highly anticipated feature film about extraordinary 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird is headed for production.
“Wild Ride” tells the story of a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when they learn that their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies to run in the Kentucky Derby. Based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys must overcome impossible odds even before they reach Churchill Downs and the land of Kentucky’s blue bloods.
Dances With Wolves producer, Jim Wilson will direct the film which he co-wrote with Faith Conroy. The production is currently scheduled to get underway in New Mexico this September.
New Mexico’s Own Mine that Bird gets the graphic novel, big screen film and National Sweepstakes treatment.
Against all odds, the remarkable little horse from Roswell, New Mexico became the winner of the 2009, 135th Kentucky Derby. Picked to run dead last, with odds against him at 50:1, Mine That Bird’s victory is the second largest upset in Kentucky Derby history.
A new 48- page story is the first in a trilogy of graphic novels that depicts Mine That Bird’s life, challenges and victories. The books will also be the basis for an animated film. The animated film will be developed at New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute.
For those of you who’ve always dreamed of being a jockey, the Mine That Bird team is giving you a chance to do just that. You can register to win the “Be a Jockey for a Day” contest at www.minethatbird.com/pr.
The winner, and the winner’s companion, will be flown to Roswell, New Mexico. They will receive VIP treatment, which includes spending an entire day with Mine That Bird, and then chow down at the Double Eagle Ranch with the Bird’s down home cowboy owners for a big western style “cowboy bar-b-q”. If you’re the winner you’ll find out in person what it’s like to live the life of a horse-racing rancher, train a winner, and ride him to victory.
Examine the 100 images in the “Get the Picture” New Mexico Centennial Challenge here. Figure it, photograph it, and file it online. Get out there and “Get the Picture.” for your chance at the $10,000 prize.
CONGRATULATIONS BARRY M. – WINNER of the walk-on role to the best show on television!
Ride that Bird…Be jockey for the day with New Mexico’s Own fairy tale horse racing champion, Mine That Bird
Posted by Sindicator on November 5, 2010 | Comments Off
NM’s Own Mine That Bird is a fine specimen of breeding, athleticism and endurance, who wowed the world with his spectacular 50-1, 2009 Kentucky Derby run and win.
But it’s Black Hat donning, crutch wielding, slick talking MTB trainer Bennie Woolley who I may be most interested in seeing portrayed on the big screen.
If you don’t remember Wooley’s triumphant post race interviews where he shot off more than once that he was sick of being asked about personally driving MTB to KY for the event – then you didn’t see them.
And if the second tier storyline for the upcoming feature film about the Roswell reared, Mine That Bird doesn’t include the incessant harping unleashed on Woolley regarding that mode of transit and the insipid references to his crutches I will be gravely disappointed – it was every reporter all but putting “baby in the corner” every damn interview.
First tier has to be the awesomeness of the horse himself and third tier maybe the shank of being dropped by Judas for a dame in the Preakness which should’ve been MTB’s too!
You can watch the hot machine of fine tuned mind & muscle that is MTB take the race here – he looks particularly beautiful trotting after the race, you may want to watch it with the sound off as railyard (or whatever they call him) Borel gives his post game victory speech.
Any New-Mexico-productions-keep’em-coming…the film is slated to shoot here in 2011. Woot! Whinny! Nay!
Here is the AP press release regarding the upcoming production.
Gentlemen: Addendum to your favorite Public Service Duh (PSD) – June is the wedding month so she’ll be giving you the side-eye waiting on that ring, while her friends wed and the wedding and jewelry store commercials roll.
Ahhhhhhhhhh, so close! Nuevo York beats New Mexico’s own Terminator Salvation at the box office over the holiday weekend, but both are dwarfed by all-time Memorial Day winner, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End at $139.8 million, again N.M. comes in second with Geriatric Hunk Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at $126 million. source
N.M.’s next turn in the National spotlight is with riderless Belmont Stakes contender Mine That Bird. Show some pride Neuvo Mexicanos not mañana – ¡A hora!
The gelding, fresh off the Derby win has a shot at the second in the triple crown of racing when running in the Preakness this weekend. Like many a New Mexican Mine That Bird takes a hit, as his Derby jockey moves on in favor of the front runner. Two time Derby winning jock Calvin Borel is switching things up by riding filly favorite Rachel Alexandra. It’ll be Famed Jockey Mike Smith for Mine That Bird tomorrow.
The Preakness Stakes airs tomorrow on NBC. The third race of the triple crown is the Belmont Stakes which airs on Saturday June 6th on ABC.