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Touring Like Rock Stars: #NMFilm 50 to 1 on track to Box Office success

Posted by on March 20, 2014 | 9 comments

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No, I didn’t go to the world premiere of 50 to 1 in Albuquerque, then hang out with the stars all night and bring them with me to 94 Rock this morning (but that would’ve been pretty cool) – it just looks like I did!

Here is this blogette’s little segment on the KZRR 94 Rock Morning Show, including a quick rundown on the premiere:

Starting where it all began en route to the winner’s circle; just like the majestic horse who lifted his New Mexico team to the top of racing’s most coveted contest, the filmmakers and stars behind this big screen adaptation of the triumph are a bunch of tough guys & gals who are taking their little dynamo on a tour that just won’t quit!

On one of their many stops on the first leg of their mega movie tour to discuss their film, tireless producer/director Jim Wilson and star Christian Kane were full of admiration about filming in New Mexico, giving major praise to local crew!

Joined by jockey Calvin Borel in studio, Kane also took a moment to give a very heartfelt thanks to his beloved #Kaniacs!

Jump to 05:20 for those morsels!

www.50to1themovie.com

Wednesday, March 19 Public Appearance: KiMo Theatre – ’50 to 1′ Premiere
Red Carpet: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
* Special appearance by 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird

Thursday, March 20 Albuquerque, NM
8:00 am to 3:50 pm
TV and radio station interviews with cast and filmmakers

Friday, March 21

Santa Fe, NM
8:25 am to 9:20 am
Radio station interviews with cast and filmmakers

11:00 am to 11:45 am
Santa Fe Community College
Radio station interview

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Public Appearance: Regal Santa Fe Stadium Theater – meet fans, photo ops, poster
giveaways and signings

4:30 to 5:30 pm
Rio Rancho, NM
Public Appearance: Premiere Cinema 14 Theater – meet fans, photo ops, poster giveaways
and signings

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Albuquerque, NM
Public Appearance: Cinemark Century Rio 24 Theater – meet fans, photo ops,
poster giveaways and signings

Saturday, March 22

Las Cruces, NM
Public Appearance: Allen Theatres Cineport 10
Movie Showtime for NMSU Creative Media Institute
Time: 10:30 am to 12:35 pm (Tour bus arrives 12:15pm)
Question & Answer with cast and filmmakers after movie with students: 12:35 to 1:05 pm

Public Appearance: Allen Theatres Cineport 10
Movie Showtime: 11:30 am to 1:35 pm
Question & Answer with cast and filmmakers after movie with audience: 1:35 to 2:00 pm

Public Appearance: Outside Allen Theatres Cineport 10 – meet fans, photo ops,
poster giveaways and signings
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Sunland Park, NM
Private Press Event at Sunland Park Racetrack
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sunday, March 23 – Before the 12th Running of the Sunland Park Derby

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Public Appearance: Sunland Park Racetrack – meet fans, photo ops, poster giveaways
and signings in the Signature Showroom

12:15 pm – Winner’s Circle
Christian Kane Sings National Anthem

1:30 pm
Press Interviews – Paddock

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Autograph Signings in the Turf Clu

4:45 pm
Saddle Up for Post Parade – Paddock

5:15 pm
Post Parade on the Track

5:40 pm
12th Running of the Sunland Park Derby

Gathering in the Winner’s Circle After the Derby

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Mine That Bird movie stars stop in Ruidoso before Albuquerque premiere of 50 to 1

Posted by on March 18, 2014 | Comments Off on Mine That Bird movie stars stop in Ruidoso before Albuquerque premiere of 50 to 1

New Mexico Film 50 to 1 Mine That Bird

Before the stars of the New Mexico film, “50 TO 1” make their way to Albuquerque for tomorrow night’s WORLD PREMIERE, they will be at Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill at the Ruidoso Downs racetrack and Casino today.

The “50 TO 1” national tour bus will deliver producer Jim Wilson (Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves’), actors; Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’), Christian Kane (Leverage, ‘Friday Night Lights’), Todd Lowe (True Blood, ‘The Princess Diaries,’ Gilmore Girls) and Hugo Perez (‘Machete,’ ‘The Longshots’) to their Ruidoso appearance at 3:00p.m.

And the world wide web is watching – #50to1themovietour

‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of New Mexico’s Own, Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. With 50 to 1 odds the team sets out to do the impossible.

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*SAVE THE DATE: Red Carpet and World Premiere of “50 to 1” in Albuquerque

Posted by on February 10, 2014 | 3 comments

New Mexico Film 50 to 1 OHI

WHAT: The never before seen film, “50 to 1” will have its World Premiere in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

WHO: Stars from the film and several other A List Hollywood actors will walk the red carpet and attend the premiere. New Mexico’s own, Mine That Bird, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby, will also make an appearance. Below is a list of talent expected to attend:

Jim Wilson (Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves’)

Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’)

Christian Kane (Leverage, ‘Friday Night Lights’)

Todd Lowe (True Blood, ‘The Princess Diaries,’ Gilmore Girls)

Hugo Perez (‘Machete,’ ‘The Longshots’)

Madelyn Deutch (Mayor Cupcake)

Faith Conroy (co-producer / co-writer)

Calvin Borel (Mine That Bird jockey and Hall-of-Fame jockey)

Mine That Bird (Kentucky Derby winner)

Chip Wooley (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird trainer)

Mark Allen (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird owner)

Leonard Blach (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird owner)

WHERE:
KiMo Theatre
Albuquerque, NM 87102

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:00pm – red carpet
7:00pm – World premiere of ’50 to 1”

CONTACT: Allied THA/602-544-5710

ABOUT THE MOVIE: ‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The film was shot in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, and will open theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country.

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS AND PRESS OPPORTUNITIES.

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#NMFILM ‘50 to 1’ ANNOUNCES ROAD TOUR

Posted by on January 29, 2014 | Comments Off on #NMFILM ‘50 to 1’ ANNOUNCES ROAD TOUR

New Mexico Film 50 to 1 Mine That Bird

The cast and filmmakers of ‘50 to 1’ will hit the road rock-star style on a cross-country tour beginning March 17 to promote the major motion picture’s release, says the film’s producer, director and co-writer Jim Wilson, Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves.’

“We’re bringing ‘50 to 1’ to the people of America,” Wilson says. “The group will travel in a tour bus from New Mexico to Kentucky, making stops in cities and towns along the way, mirroring the trip racehorse Mine That Bird took on his way to the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

Cast members joining the tour will be Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’), Christian Kane (Leverage, ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Secondhand Lions,’ ‘Just Married’), Todd Lowe (True Blood, ‘The Princess Diaries,’ Gilmore Girls) and Hugo Perez (‘Machete,’ ‘The Longshots,’ ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’). Also on tour will be Wilson and co-producer, co-writer Faith Conroy. The real Mine That Bird will make special appearances along
the tour.

“When was the last time Hollywood’s leading men hopped on a bus and toured the country from town to town, introducing their film to the people of America?” Wilson says. “It’s unprecedented.”

“I’m extremely excited to hit the road with a film I’m very proud to be a part of,” Ulrich says. “It seems fitting we’d be selling our wares from a gypsy-like caravan, given the underdog nature of our story, and I’m hoping this journey answers three burning questions. One, are audiences tired of the blockbuster and ready to be uplifted by the values of hard work and integrity? Two, can we inspire our audiences to stick to their guns and do what they love at all costs? And three, does Christian snore louder than Todd?”

“Man, this almost feels like we’re carnies or something. Or an old whistle-stop political campaign,” Lowe says. “I’m looking forward to rolling into different towns and shaking hands and kissing babies.”

“Personally, I’ve always wanted to be a rock star,” Conroy says. “And seriously, traveling across the country for weeks on end with a busload of gorgeous cowboys? Sign me up!”

“I’ve done tours before. I’m excited!” Kane says. “It’s old hat for me in the sense that when you love something so much, you will put 18 wheels and lives in motion just to bring it into town and say, ‘I hope you like this. I made this for you.’”

“It’ll be a fun, fun road trip vacation for me, part of the dream-life I want to live,” Perez says. “It’s also an honor and I’m so fortunate to be a part of this adventure.”

Inspiration for the tour came during a brainstorming session by Wilson and Conroy. “I thought, why not meet the audience this movie is intended for, introduce them to the stars and shake their hands,” Wilson says. “It’s the audience that matters the most. It’s why we make these stories, to share them with the world.”

‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The film was shot in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, and will open theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country.

The tour mirrors not only the true story, but also the release, and will weave its way from town to town through the initial seven states. “This is just for starters,” Wilson says. “We have every intention of crisscrossing America, but it’s dependent on demand. If you want us to come visit your city, let us know.”

People interested in having the ‘50 to 1’ tour stop in their town can email their requests to 50to1themovietour[at]gmail.com.

Include in the subject line: 50 to 1 Movie Tour – First and Last name, Town, State and Zip Code.

Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for ‘Dances with Wolves,’ which he produced. Other producing credits include ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘Wyatt Earp,’ ‘Swing Vote,’ ‘Mr. Brooks’ and ‘Message in a Bottle.’ Wilson’s previous directing credits include ‘Head Above Water,’ ‘Whirlygirl’ and the critically-acclaimed documentary about Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., ‘Laffit – All About Winning.’

Mine That Bird was born May 10, 2006, and began racing in 2008 in Canada, winning four of his first six starts. His career slumped after he was purchased by Mark Allen in the fall of 2008, going winless until his monumental upset at the 2009 Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds. Mine That Bird continued his run for the Triple Crown that year, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He amassed $2,228,637 in earnings throughout his career but never won another race in nine starts after his win at the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was retired from racing in November 2010 and currently lives with his owners at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico.

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New Mexico Film “50 to 1” Announces Release Dates

Posted by on January 2, 2014 | Comments Off on New Mexico Film “50 to 1” Announces Release Dates

New Mexico Film 50 to 1 OHI

Feature film about Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, an inspiring underdog tale of misfit cowboys and their long shot racehorse, stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Madelyn Deutch, Todd Lowe and jockey Calvin Borel.

HOLLYWOOD, CA — “50 to 1,” the new major motion picture about Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, opens theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country, says producer, director, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson, Oscar®-winning producer of “Dances With Wolves.”

Wilson said dates in other states will be announced when they are finalized.

“We decided to open the film in New Mexico because it’s a New Mexico story,” Wilson said. “It’s about a very special group of people and their little racehorse who went up against impossible odds and ended up shocking the entire racing world with a victory like I’ve never seen before.”

The inspiring underdog film stars Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, “Scream,” “As Good As It Gets”), Christian Kane (Leverage, “Friday Night Lights,” “Secondhand Lions,” “Just Married”), William Devane (24, “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Hollow Man”), Todd Lowe (True Blood, “The Princess Diaries,” Gilmore Girls), newcomer Madelyn Deutch and real-life jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the picture. Wilson and co-writer, co-producer Faith Conroy will join members of the cast at the film’s world premiere March 19 at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.

The film was shot at more than 30 locations in New Mexico – from Santa Fe to Las Cruces – and multiple locations in Kentucky and California, including Sunland Park, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park racetracks, where Mine That Bird actually raced.

“We even shot in the real barn and stall where Mine That Bird stayed at Churchill Downs,” Wilson said. The movie follows a fun-loving group of New Mexico cowboys who go on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. The cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.

“I had been waiting for a great racehorse story for a very long time,” Wilson said, noting he had read numerous horse racing scripts throughout the years but never found what he was looking for. “But when I watched what unfolded at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, I was stunned. I’ve always been a fan of true underdog stories, and after meeting the owners, trainer and finally Bird himself, I was hooked. This story had all the cinematic elements you could ask for. It’s been a real adventure and one I am proud to share with the world.”

Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for “Dances With Wolves,” which he produced. Other producing credits include “The Bodyguard,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Swing Vote,” “Mr. Brooks” and “Message In A Bottle.” Wilson’s previous directing credits include “Head Above Water,” “Whirlygirl” and the critically-acclaimed documentary about Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., “Laffit: All About Winning.”

“This is a feel-good film,” Conroy said. “It’s a real romp, but it’s also a film with a great message of hope for dreamers of the world.”

Mine That Bird was born May 10, 2006, and began racing in 2008 in Canada, winning four of his first six starts. His career slumped after he was purchased by Mark Allen in the fall of 2008, going winless until his monumental upset at the 2009 Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds. Mine That Bird continued his run for the Triple Crown that year, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He amassed $2,228,637 in earnings throughout his career but never won another race in nine starts after his win at the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was retired from racing in November 2010 and currently lives with his owners at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico.

“His favorite pastime is eating peppermints,” Conroy said.

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Name Change on Mine That Bird Movie

Posted by on August 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Name Change on Mine That Bird Movie

UPDATE 8/25/12 Extras casting call for Wild Ride:

WHAT: Extras Casting Call

WHERE: Sunland Park Racetrack
1200 Futurity Dr.
Sunland Park, NM

WHEN: Monday August 27
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Image via The Washington Post

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.

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