Shawn Welling’s family-friendly drama will premiere Wednesday at the 55th annual WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival.
We’re been looking at the lineup for the 55th annual WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival, and what immediately caught our attention is the April 20 opening night attraction: If I Could Ride, a family-friendly indie feature directed by Houston-based filmmaker Shawn Welling.
Why did it catch our eyes? According to the press material:
“The story is about two teenage girls with totally different backgrounds. Jodie Brown (Alexis Arnold) was born with a physical disability. She and her mother, along with her grandfather, live on a dilapidated old farm. After the recent passing of her dad, Jodie’s mom Sandy (Rhyleigh Russell) works two jobs to make ends meet. Jodie’s first love is horses, and her dream is to someday ride horses and eventually compete in horse shows. But physical disabilities and financial problems make this vision seem quite impossible.
“Bridgett Van Heusen (Eva Igo) lives a completely opposite life She resides on a beautiful farm and has a championship horse, as well as a talented horse trainer named Jimmy (Tom Vera). She is very spoiled and wants for nothing. Both of her parents are involved in everything but their daughter’s love. Bridgett is an extremely talented rider, competing in local and national horse shows, and having continued success.
“Witness how fate brings together these two distinctly different young girls. See the magnificence of unconditional love that transcends physical and emotional trials throughout the film. A roller coaster of emotions will consume the viewers. This family film has many of life’s lessons and can be enjoyed by the entire family.”
Those are mighty big promises to fulfill. But you know what? We just might check out If I Could Ride, either at WorldFest/Houston — where it will screen at 7pm CT Wednesday at Houston’s Cinemark Memorial City Theater — or whenever it opens in theatrical and digital release. Meanwhile, here is the trailer.