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Helmer Alison Eastwood to Ride 'Rails'

Alison Eastwood is poised to make her directorial debut with "Rails and Ties" for Warner Independent Pictures.

The drama is being produced through Clint Eastwood's Malpaso Prods. "Rails" is based on an original screenplay by Micky Levy and revolves around two families and their physical, emotional and psychological collision.

The story begins on a beautiful stretch of the California coastline, where a suicidal mother parks her car on a railroad crossing and awaits the arrival of a speeding train with her 9-year-old son in the car.

Rob Lorenz is producing and overseeing the production for Malpaso, which has been based on the Warners lot for more than 30 years.

Peer Oppenheimer ("Blue Car") and Barrett Stuart are producing.

Paul Federbush is overseeing for WIP.

Alison Eastwood has starred in an array of films, including 1997's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," 2002's "Poolhall Junkies" and 1984's "Tightrope." She also performed songs in "Garden" and "Space Cowboys."

Film was originally set to shoot in July but start of production has been moved to fall.

She is managed by Eileen Stringer at Howard Entertainment.

Levy is managed by Stuart's B.S. Prods.

Sheigh Crabtree writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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