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ALBUQUERQUE – It was announced last week that a theatrical motion picture will be made about Mine That Bird and his extraordinary journey and triumph at the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
The director will be Jim Wilson, Academy Award Winning Producer of “Dances With Wolves,” and many other films including, “The Bodyguard,” “Wyatt Earp,” and “Message in a Bottle.” Lead producer is Pieter Kroonenburg, who is also president of Kingsborough Pictures.
The film will be a shot in the arm for New Mexico’s film industry, with a commitment by the producers to utilize New Mexico crews and talent whenever possible and to shoot the majority of the picture within the state.
Mine that Bird is owned by New Mexicans Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach, and was trained on their ranches in Roswell, New Mexico.
The owners are members in the New Mexico LLC, formed to produce the film. Among those being considered for roles in the movie are Mine That Bird, himself, and three-time Kentucky Derby winner, jockey, Calvin Borel.
The producing team is further complemented by New Mexicans Tony Mark (executive producer for Academy Award winning “The Hurt Locker”), Earl Robinson, Liz Servis and Nick Ward, as well as Los Angeles attorney, Rick Morse.
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