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Youmans: Catching the latest flick about 'Flicka'

'Flicka: Country Pride' comes out on DVD and Blu-ray just days after screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

May 10, 2012|By Heather Youmans
  • Director Michael Damian at the Newport Beach Film Festival premiere of "Flicka: Country Pride" at Triangle Square Cinemas in Costa Mesa on April 28.
Director Michael Damian at the Newport Beach Film Festival…

Mary O'Hara's popular novel "My Friend Flicka," a beloved, coming of age family classic about a rider's passionate connection with a wild horse — has enchanted children and adults for more than 70 years.

And now, the next chapter of the saga unfolds with "Flicka: Country Pride," the third installment of the contemporary film adaptations.

Back by popular demand, "Flicka: Country Pride" galloped on to Blu-ray and DVD on May 1 exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club and Walmart.com, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

A focus group of 180 movie-goers viewed the film during its Newport Beach Film Festival premiere at Triangle Square Cinemas in Costa Mesa on April 28.

"I was a little terrified at first," Director Michael Damian said with a sigh of relief after the premiere. "It's like giving birth, you know. It's our baby — we raise it, deliver it to the studio, and now today is the release — sharing it with the world."

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Damian — also known for his hit single "Rock On" and portrayal of "Danny" on the soap opera "The Young and Restless" — has directed projects such as "Marley & Me: The Puppy Years" and "Flicka 2," to which I contributed three songs on the soundtrack.

Throughout my musical involvement in Damian's films over the years, I am still amazed with his diverse skill set, which allows him to control every aspect of his filmmaking.

"Flicka: Country Pride" stars Grammy Award-winner Clint Black ("Flicka 2"), Lisa Hartman-Black ("Knots Landing") and Kacey Rohl ("The Killing"), an explosive actress beaming with personality.

Filmed in the beautiful, wine-country town of Kelowna, British Columbia, screenwriter Jennifer Robinson's heartwarming family adventure has a down-home touch.

When Toby (an endearing Black) takes on a job at Cherry Creek Farms stables with Flicka in tow, the owner's teenage daughter Kelly (Rohl), quickly bonds with the wild horse. A budding equestrian rider, she hopes to break Flicka for an upcoming competition, despite her mother's (Hartman Black) disapproval.

With the competition approaching and a rival trainer stealing business, Kelly and her mother are forced to replace the team members or forfeit the stable.

But what's really intriguing is how Black, his wife and their precocious daughter, Lilly Pearl, 12, all managed to appear in the same film.

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