New Virginia-based film highlights a boy and his special pony

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CROZET, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The film Billy and Blaze, about a boy's love for his pony, is based on a successful series of children's books. It will soon be coming to theatres.

This is the first movie ever produced from the popular children's book series of the same name.

Rebekah Erkel is one of the producers and actors in the film that was shot entirely in Central Virginia.

She says the books have a long history.

"This series is written by C.W. Anderson in the 1930s during the Great Depression and it is a classic series that has really stood the test of time," she said. "These are books not just equestrians but a lot of children, the fan base expands beyond just equestrians."

According to book reviewers, "The Adventures of Billy and Blaze" revolve around the proper care of the horse, with important lessons about life and what it can bring.

"The message is hope, the message is overcoming, dreams and hardships that this boy is facing, second chances," said Erkel.

For the producers, this is a labor of love they have been involved in for 15 years.

The author's family even turned down Hollywood to work with them.

"We were elated, they have been so supportive all the way, they have been amazing," Erkel said.

And she says the look of the production might remind you of some other horse-centered film hits.

"I think what's truly unique about this is it really has that classic look and feel, what comes to mind like the Black Stallion," she said.

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