Oscar winner Jim Wilson's latest film, 50 to 1, the inspiring true story of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and his misfit New Mexico cowboy trainer and owners, opens Sept. 5 at the Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert.
"Audiences are thoroughly enjoying the romp," says Wilson, Oscar-winning producer of Dances with Wolves. "I feel good releasing a film that reaches all ages and leaves you feeling great at the end."
Wilson, who produced, directed and co-wrote 50 to 1, will make a special appearance Sept. 6 at Cinemas Palme d'Or with co-producer, co-writer Faith Conroy for a Q&A session after the 6:45 pm show.
The film runs through Sept. 11 at the theatre. Tickets run $7.75 for seniors and children for all show times. Adult tickets are $8.50 before 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and $11.50 after 5 p.m. On weekends, adults pay $8.50 before 2 p.m. and $11.50 after 2 p.m.
50 to 1 recounts the tale of Mine That Bird, trainer Chip Woolley, and owners Mark Allen and Leonard 'Doc' Blach, who end up on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed gelding qualifies for the Kentucky Derby.
The 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, Marathon Man, Knots Landing), Todd Lowe (True Blood, The Princess Diaries, Gilmore Girls), Madelyn Deutch (Lowlifes, Like a Country Song, The Dog Who Saved Easter) and Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the film.
Wilson, a racing enthusiast and horse owner for 25 years, shot the film in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, including the actual racetracks where Mine That Bird ran during his U.S. racing career.
Wilson's 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.
Visit www.50to1themovie.com for more information.