New Mexico continues its filmmaking relationship with streaming giant Netflix.
The independent feature — “Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” — will begin principal photography at the end of July through mid-August.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will film in Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The film is produced by Netflix and Poke Prod LLC.
“We are proud to welcome another great independent feature to New Mexico,” said Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “New Mexico’s deep base of talent, infrastructure, and competitive incentives continue to help us attract independent films to New Mexico.”
The film tells the story of 18-year-old Amberley Snyder, who was a nationally ranked barrel racer when a car accident paralyzed her.
Doctors said she would never walk again.
But Snyder had three goals as she recovered – “Walk. Ride. Rodeo.”
Within four months, she was back on her horse, Power. But everything was different. She needed to reawaken the strength within herself to find a way. She secured herself on the horse using a seat belt and velcro.
She retrained Power to listen to voice commands and not her legs. And she fought back and made it to the national championships – RFD-TV’s The American – where, as she entered the ring, 70,000 people gave her a standing ovation.
It stars Spencer Locke, Missi Pyle, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Bailey Chase.
“Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” is written by Sean Dwyer and Greg Cope White.
The film is directed by Conor Allyn along with producers Elizabeth Cullen and Dwyer.
“We are incredibly blessed to have our story’s inspiring real life heroine Amberley Snyder so intimately involved in both the development of the script and the physical production of our film,” Allyn said. “People are going to be impressed. It doesn’t get more real than what they are going to see here.”
According to the film office, the production will employ approximately 60 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and 350 New Mexico background talent.
“Amberley Snyder’s story is one of incredible courage and triumph,” said writer/producer Dwyer. “Amberley is possessed with the self-confidence and strength of a true athlete. As soon as Elizabeth and I met Amberley, we had a passion to make this film. This story needs to be told.”