SADDLEHORN PRODUCTIONS -FILM DEVELOPMENT FUND
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Development funds go toward the type of paperwork that allows us to get the budget and the schedule done, polished scripts, many times a retainer to hold a name actor or names attached. They are needed to move forward. More

Complete bios on Dubuque and Praesel at the end of this page along with others -

 

Cheryl Whitman Dubuque, Producer/Writer

 

Dubuque has been involved in film and theatre most of her life.  She began in upstate New York where she was born and has continued since moving to California close to 40 years ago.  She is foremost a producer and a writer but worked in casting for a number of years, as well as stage management, sound, props and costumes. In addition to her companies, Angel Hawk Productions and Saddlehorn Productions past film/TV company employment includes Harrison Ford Productions, Buckwheat Film (C. Thomas Howell,) Canyon Entertainment, Tagerick Films/Groat Gang Wild West Show, Studio 7 Productions and Ramm Films, where she did everything from production to promotion and merchandising.  In the 1980s she worked for Embassy Television (Norman Lear's company) in a division of publicity covering 7 shows ( Silver Spoons, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, The Jefferson's, One Day at a Time, Square Pegs and the All in the Family spin off, Gloria.)

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GLYNN PRAESEL – Actor / Producer

 

Glynn has done stunts for the TV movie Cross of Fire and acted in the DVD release of Bigfoot.  He also played Foxworth Anderson in the TV movie Love Death, and recently portrayed a coach in the independent film Something’s Lost directed by Mark Ketola.  His most recent appearances as an actor were in Endgame and Heart of Faith.  As both a producer and an actor Praesel worked on Hitting the Wall, Ghostship Chronicles: Origin and Palo Pinto Gold which starred Roy Clark, Mel Tillis and numerous other country music stars. 

 

Upcoming productions as both an actor and producer include Jim – A Children’s Story, and the western Dodge.


Glynn has been licensed as a private pilot since 1991 and he still runs his own construction company.  He also lectures at schools about acting and producing. 

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Here's a bit of an explanation on why we look for development funds and what it entails.

I will list the projects we are involved in at the bottom, but won't go into great detail here as info is on our Facebook page -- and the info will continue to grow over time.

 

Each script takes its own development funds - and Saddlehorn has been operating on an almost zero development fund.   Heaven with a Gun has run its own campaign off and on but is about $350 short of our high goal.

 

Each project has to set up its own LLC (as there as different partners in each, and different 'potential' investment and distribution sources.) we have these done so that they are professional (and correct) through our accountant- and they cost between $600 and $795 each. 

 

Development funds go toward this type of paperwork (which does not come out of the production budget), to get the budget and the schedule done (which can cost between $3000-$5000 per if you include the daily breakdowns) - The budget, schedule, polished script, many times a retainer to hold a name actor or names attached (which can mean at least 'lunches' to discuss details) are important papers to have to present to potential investors. 

 

Saddlehorn and our projects have been blessed to have people support us and to hang in there with us. Everything takes time - all projects take time.  Our goal has been to make a 'good' film - not just to make a film for the sake of making a film. There are even some films that get made that have never been seen as they cannot find distribution. Saddlehorn has been brewing this for a long time and sorting through everyone and everything to bring the right teams together. It's like we have all the right pieces to the puzzle now - we just need to put them together into the right puzzle and get one done and do it well so that others can follow. 

 

The goal to get the funding in place as a guarantee is to have a tight budget, schedule, marketing plan, Letters of Intent from name actors/directors, lunches (when needed with these people), script print out for read-throughs to fix problems before it goes to production, etc.  These are the things your funds have been used for, will continue to be used for. 

 

Our top three priorities at this time are:  Wink, Heaven with a Gun and Tommy Rawhead. The reason we need to finish up the packages on these first as we have people interested. It varies per project - but anywhere from name directors/actors to actual investment or distribution people. We do not want to lose these opportunities. The list is alphabetical:

 

ADVENTURE BROTHERS by M. G. Willis

 

COWBOYS AND HEROES concept by Glynn Praesel

 

DEAD MAN'S PASS by Monette

 

DODGE by John Fasano and Richard Carleton Hacker

 

HEAVEN WITH A GUN by Brenda-Marie Whitehead (with Jack Snyder)

 

THE SAGA OF SOAPY SMITH by John Fasano and Richard Carleton Hacker

 

TOMMY RAWHEAD by Glen Stephens

 

WINK by Glen Stephens

 

Books to script (we would like to see that happen)

 

LEGEND OF THE LAMP book by Kristin Ruggaber

 

THE LOST SON based on a book by Aidan Lucid

 

TRAIN TO BELLEFONTAINE book by Pamela Fuller and Nancy Attwood

 

Donations of all sizes are appreciated. Remember the perks are just a small token of our appreciation. They will be sent out in approximately 3 months-once we meet our goal or have a better grip on the number of items we should order. Questions can be addressed to eldridgeway1@yahoo.com - attn. Cheryl.

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Cheryl Whitman Dubuque, Producer/Writer

 

Dubuque has been involved in film and theatre most of her life.  She began in upstate New York where she was born and has continued since moving to California over 40 years ago.  She is foremost a producer and a writer but worked in casting for a number of years, as well as stage management, sound, props and costumes. In addition to her companies, Angel Hawk Productions and Saddlehorn Productions past film/TV company employment includes Harrison Ford Productions, Buckwheat Film (C. Thomas Howell,) Canyon Entertainment, Tagerick Films/Groat Gang Wild West Show, Studio 7 Productions and Ramm Films, where she did everything from production to promotion and merchandising.  In the 1980s she worked for Embassy Television (Norman Lear's company) in a division of publicity covering 7 shows ( Silver Spoons, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, The Jefferson's, One Day at a Time, Square Pegs and the All in the Family spin off, Gloria.)

 

In addition Cheryl was employed by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department on a continuing basis for a number of years where she was involved in the production of many theatre projects and festivals, including "The Central Avenue Jazz Festival."  She created and co-produced two successful events for The March of Dimes: "The White Hat Western Round Up" which honored Amanda Blake and Johnny Crawford, held in conjunction with the telethon and "Home Runs for the March of Dimes," a celebrity baseball game and variety show.  Angel Hawk Productions also produced music shows for the Tug McGraw Foundation under the banner of Songs for the Cure.

 

Cheryl was the producer of the music video "K.A.O.S. on Cue" as well as two one act plays "Chug" at the Taber Theatre and "Porch" for the Toluca Lake Player, both taking Drama-Logue's critic's pick.  She was the producer of the stage production "Up-front/Backstage" at the Gallery Theatre, worked in publicity for Patrick Swayze's dance show "Without a Word" and co-directed the video version of the musical "Pepper Street" which dealt with teenage suicide, with the intention of having it distributed to schools.

 

Dubuque created and produced the successful "A Theatre Affair" which brought together 25 theatre groups for a day of networking, entertainment, information and fun.  She was also instrumental in helping organize two non-profit women's theatre groups.

 

She wrote, produced and directed her own 35 mm film short entitled I Never Got To Say Goodbye in 2004, which was a tribute to the life of a woman who devoted herself to helping people, even though battling her own illness.  Dubuque was an Associate Producer/Assistant Production Coordinator on the 1998 feature film Knockout.

 

She also is organizer of several fan gatherings, including one for the Alias Smith and Jones/Lonesome Dove – the Series Old West Event fan group, was the top organizer of the Bonanza Round Up 2011 and Bonanza Round Up 2014-Carson City, working alongside David Dortort’s (creator’s) daughter, Wendy.  She was also the organizer of the Lonesome Dove/Dr. Quinn Reunion for 2012, as well as organizing the M.E.M.A.H. Independent Film and Musical Festival (the A.H. standing for Angel Hawk) In addition, she was the manager of a book publishing company that specializes in history books. 

 

In 2013, she was the Event Manager for Galacticon 3 (that took place in Houston at both the convention center and the Johnson Space Center.)

 

Musically, she along with Cameron Daddo, produced Daddo’s 2nd CD, Ten Songs …and change in 2011. Dubuque recently co-produced Daddo’s 3rd CD Songs From The Shed.

 

Growing up in a newspaper family it was assumed she would turn to journalism, but instead turned her attention to writing for children.  Ironically, it was while training in this genre that she discovered her passion for screen writing. 

 

GLYNN PRAESEL – Actor / Producer

 

A native Texan born in Brownsville, Praesel is a producer, actor, music licenser and businessman.   After moving around often with a father in the military, he settled back in Texas where he acted in numerous stage plays.  In 1988 he graduated from Texas A&M.  While in college, he was a bareback bronc rider for their rodeo team.  It was also during this time he begin modeling for Wrangler jeans and for other clothing lines.  While Glynn's passion for acting was strong, the rodeo circuit called to him even stronger.  It would be several years before Praesel got in front of the camera again other than when print modeling jobs came his way.

 

He was eventually asked to audition for The Nashville Network, where Glynn became a host for two years. A guitar player himself, he is partnered in Strait Music Management and Two Guys from Texas Publishing in Nashville along side Trey Strait.

During a commercial shoot for Farm Aid 1985 with Eddie Albert of Green Acres fame, an agent approached Glynn about coming to Hollywood for a screen test for an upcoming major motion picture.  Even though Praesel was not cast in this particular role, it encouraged him to continue following the entertainment path. 

 

Since that time, Glynn has done stunts for the TV movie Cross of Fire and acted in the DVD release of Bigfoot.  He also played Foxworth Anderson in the TV movie Love Death, and recently portrayed a coach in the independent film Something’s Lost directed by Mark Ketola.  His most recent appearances as an actor were in Endgame and Heart of Faith.  As both a producer and an actor Praesel worked on Hitting the Wall, Ghostship Chronicles: Origin and Palo Pinto Gold which starred Roy Clark, Mel Tillis and numerous other country music stars.  Most recently Praesel appeared as Clel Miller on Robert Redford's The American West, as well as performing stunts in all 8 episodes.

 

Upcoming productions as both an actor and producer include Jim – A Children’s Story, and the western Dodge.


Glynn has been licensed as a private pilot since 1991 and he still runs his own construction company.  He also lectures at schools about acting and producing. 

 

Robert A. Katz

 

Producer and Executive Producer of several period pieces and westerns, Katz has been in the entertainment business since 1987, with over 25 movie projects to his credit. His most notable ones are Gettysburg, and its prequel, Gods and Generals and Selena.   His TV movies include The Rough Riders with Tom Berenger, Sam Elliot, and Gary Busey, The Avenging Angel with Tom Berenger and James Coburn, The Cisco Kid, an updated version of the 1950 TV series, with Jimmy Smit in the lead role, as well as Sea of Dreams, Price of Glory, and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, with Halle Berry, to name a few.

 

Robert has worked with many other name actors such as Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, C. Thomas Howell, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Seda, Ron Perlman, Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Bijou Phillips, Buck Taylor, Bruce Boxleitner, Amy Adams and Lee Daniels, and the list goes on.

 

He Executive Produced, wrote and directed, Steve McQueen: The King of Cool, andhas produced more than 70 documentaries for French and American Television in Africa. Katz is currently partnered in Esparza/Katz Productions in Los Angeles, and was an Oscar nominee.  He is currently producing a movie on Janis Joplin.

 

Rock and Brenda-Marie Whitehead (Heaven with a Gun)

 

Rocky Whitehead is the Co-Owner of Brenrock Productions LLC, and a Producer, Casting Director, and Event Coordinator. He is the Founder & Co-Director for a western genre International festival called, 'The Wild Bunch Film Festival'. Rocky also started a 'Celebrity Meet and Greet' event that was held in various cities in mid 90's. The late iconic actor Mickey Rooney attended one that Whitehead produced in Buena Park, CA in 2007. In the early 90's he also coordinated the first ever High Chaparral TV show cast reunion at Old Tucson along with other celebrities like Sue Ane Langdon and Johnny Crawford to name a few.

 

Brenda Whitehead is Co-Owner of Brenrock Productions LLC, as well as being an Actress, Screenwriter, and Film Festival Founder & Co-Director for 'The Wild Bunch Film Festival - TWBFF'. Brenda played 'Lola', one of the leading characters in 'High On The Hog' which currently is looking for distribution.  The film also stars iconic actors Sid Haig, Joe Estevez and the late Robert Z'Dar. She played Annie in the modern day western short, 'The Last Days of Shaniko'. One of her favorite genres is western, which is one of the reason's she co-wrote 'No Rest for the Wicked' with Alex Whitmer and co-wrote the feature length script 'Heaven with a Gun' along with Hollywood screenwriter Jack Snyder. She's also one of the judges in the western genre International screenwriting competition for TWBFF.

 

Shawn Dunham

 

Shawn Dunham has had vast career already.  Born in Refugio Texas and raised in Agua Dulce, Dunham is part of the reality show, Cowboys and Heroes, a project that helps the military and other brave men (and women), as well as let’s Dunham stay close to both his cowboy and military roots.  He and producer/host Glynn Praesel have been scouting locations for the show that is currently in development. 

 

Shawn spent many years as a professional rodeo clown and bullfighter (1990 through 2014), as well as serving his country. 

 

It was when a football injury sidelined Dunham that he changed careers and became a rodeo clown bullfighter, the fearless group whose motto is to “Protect and Entertain.” His bullfighting name was ‘Iceman’ and Wrangler and Nike were his sponsors.  He was introduced to the sport by a couple of friends who were already bullfighting. While on the rodeo circuit, he was also a student at Sam Houston State University studying Criminal Justice.  

 

He served in the USMC in 1993-1994, and then later served two tours of duty in Iraq with the US Army (2007-2209, and again 2010-2011) where he was classified as a disabled veteran due to a knee injury and injuries from several IED accidents while serving overseas.

 

He expresses his emotions through his music, learning how to write lyrics and play guitar.   Dunham has performed for several radio stations. To date, he has recorded two of his veteran songs for his album: SOLDIER SONGS AND VOICES. Music will be a big part of Cowboys and Heroes, around the campfire. 

 

Duham was in Texas Law Enforcement office from 2004-2007. 

 

Recently, in addition to Cowboys and Heroes, Dunham has been hired as horse wrangler and has been involved in stunt work.  

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