A movie is being filmed in Monroe that highlights the importance of mentorship and fatherhood. Executive Producer Rodney Ray says “Cowboy & Indiana” follows a troubled bull rider named Tulsa as he chases a million dollar bounty on a killer bull no one has been able to ride. He says Tulsa’s life spins out of control as he struggles with an addition to pain pills and finds himself charged with a DUI.
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“He goes to court and then the strangest thing happens. He gets sentenced to community service, and his community service is to mentor a young African American kid named Indiana,” Ray said.
Ray says the filming process takes about 30 days, and they plan to begin in late May. He says from there it will take 6 to 9 months to edit the film. He says filming the bulls will undoubtedly be the biggest challenge they face during production.
“Getting a bull that looks good on film and then getting individuals that can ride the bull and are close enough to double as your lead actor does present a unique challenge,” Ray said.
Ray says over 1,000 actors from all over the country have applied for roles in the film. He says the support from the local community has also been tremendous. He says everything that goes into the film, from pre-production to post-production and editing, happens in Monroe.
“Everything happens right here in our hometown, and what’s great about that is not only do we make the film here, but whatever proceeds that we do make off of the film is returned back to our community,” Ray said.
To learn more about “Cowboy & Indiana” and find out how to get involved, visit r2films.net.