From the pages of Mary O’Hara’s popular novel My Friend Flicka, the year’s most inspiring coming of age story arrives just in time for Mother’s Day when Flicka: Country Pride gallops on to Blu-ray and DVD May 1 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by Michael Damian (Flicka 2, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years), Flicka: Country Pride stars country music superstar Clint Black (Flicka 2), Lisa Hartman Black (“Knots Landing”) and Kacey Rohl (“The Killing”).
When Toby (Black) takes on a job at a stable 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, a rival trainer stealing business, and a growing fear they may be forced to sell the stable, Toby steps in to turn things around for Kelly and her mother. Grammy Award® Winner Clint Black is one of country music’s superstars with over 20 million albums sold worldwide. Having written over 100+ songs including 23 #1 songs Clint is an active philanthropist overseeing numerous charities.
I was able to chat with one of the stars, Lisa Hartman Black for a bit about the film. Check it out:
I know that you are promoting Flicka: Country Pride and that you were actually working with your husband on the movie and everything. How did you get involved in this project?
Lisa Hartman Black: Clint was in the 2nd Flicka and the studio actually developed this one for him and then they offered the role to me and I thought it would be so much fun to do this kinda film. Working with him and we’ve worked together before and survived that so. We actually had a really good time.
I loved the script. I loved Flicka. I loved this story. It was an honor to actually be a part of the Flicka movies and so I said yes and it was a big family affair. Then our daughter said to me, “Mom are there any kid parts in it?” Which I thought was really kinda funny and I said, “I think there is.” Then the Director read her and we said “Your on your own.” Lily has done some acting. Little local theater, plays and things. So she auditioned. She did a screen test and got the part and we were thrilled. So then it became a big family affair which was wonderful.
Speaking of families, why should families take time out to see this film?
Lisa Hartman Black: It’s a great great, sit down and make some popcorn and enjoy a great little story about this family. They don’t have to fast forward or mute anything. They can Just enjoy it and it’s good clean fun. There are some nice little lessons throughout. You know, communicating, relationships, and of course magical Flicka. I think Flicka is just this magical horse that heals everybody.
I know you have a busy day so just one last question. As a mom, how do you find balance between career and family?
Lisa Hartman Black: There are days when I feel like I’m a train wreck and there are days when I think I’m just great. Honestly, I’m like look at me I’m doing so great today and that’s what I hold on to. I think it’s great for when your going through anything. If your having anxiety, or your tired and you didn’t get enough sleep. If you remember that the majority of your time we can pretty much handle anything. I tell that to my daughter. You really can. I try to you know all that boring stuff. I try to eat right, get some exercise, get enough sleep, and breathe. Really, I think spiritually just hang on to the positive. I’ll tell you what I do. I wake up and I make myself smile. It just makes my whole body feel good. I know it sounds so simple and silly, but it really works! Anytime that I am just riding in the car deep in thought I try to put a smile on my face. I just find that a smile, anytime you can do it. Even if your alone. First thing n the morning that is the best that you can do.
I want to thank Mrs. Lisa Hartman Black again for taking time out of her busy day to chat with me a bit. Go ahead and pre-order Flicka: Country Pride at WalMart for only $12.96 and let’s all try to hold on to the positive and SMILE!