Writer/Director/Star, Jake Allyn Talks Rodeo Movie, Ride – Interview

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Writer, Director and Star Jake Allyn takes us on an 8-year journey getting us to, ‘Ride‘ along his new rodeo drama in theatres and VOD on Friday, June 14, 2024.

Texas born writer, director and star, Jake Allyn took 8-years share his love of the rodeo in the new drama, ‘Ride‘, coming to theatres and VOD on Friday, June 14, 2024.

In his directorial debut, the filmmaker embarks on a deeply personal journey with ‘Ride‘, a Western tale that has been ingrained in his psyche since childhood. Hailing from Texas, the film serves as a homage to his roots, delving into the intricacies of amateur rodeo, addiction in rural America, and the evolving identity of the cowboy in contemporary society, all through the lens of a struggling family.

Drawing inspiration from Stephenville, TX, a rural enclave where cowboy culture persists despite the encroachment of addiction and poverty, the filmmaker paints a vivid portrait of a community grappling with its own contradictions. The town’s pride, symbolized by a bent welcome sign reminiscent of a determined bull rider, belies the underlying struggles faced by its residents.

While ‘Ride‘, celebrates the fading traditions of the American West, it also serves as a poignant reflection of the challenges confronting many rural communities in the modern era. Through characters steeped in resilient yet flawed Western ethos, drawn from both real-life cowboy tales and extensive research, the film captures the essence of a vanishing way of life.

The cast, including Forrie J. Smith, C. Thomas Howell, and the filmmaker himself, brings authenticity to their roles, drawing from personal experiences as former bull riders and mining their upbringing for moments of raw emotion. Even Annabeth Gish’s portrayal of the iconic lawwoman is imbued with shades of complexity, as her character confronts the harsh realities of addiction within her own family.

Shot amidst the backdrop of live rodeos and working ranches, with a cast that includes real cowboys and collaboration with a drug cop who has experienced the devastating effects of addiction firsthand, ‘Ride‘, emerges as a genuine portrayal of the modern West, capturing both its timeless allure and its contemporary struggles.

Ride‘, coming to theatres and VOD on Friday, June 14, 2024.


Official Synposis:

Three generations of bull riders fight to raise money to transfer the family’s young daughter to a better cancer hospital. Set in Stephenville, Texas, ‘Ride‘ explores rodeo, addiction in the Heartland, and the cowboy’s place in modern America.

Directed by: Jake Allyn

Written by: Jake Allyn, Josh Plasse

Produced by: Conor Allyn, Jake Allyn, Rob Allyn

Executive Produced by: Shaun Silva

Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Annabeth Gish, Jake Allyn, Patrick Murney, Josh Plasse, Laci Kaye Booth, Scott Reeves, and Zia Carlock, with Forrie J. Smith

Genre: Crime, Drama

Rated: Not Rated

Run Time: 114 Mins

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