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DP/30 @ Sundance by The Hot Button
January 3, 2011

2011 Sundance Festival Awards Announced

Cindy Meehl, Julie Goldman and Buck Brannaman accepting the US Documentary Audience Award

January 30, 2011

The U.S. Audience Awards presented by Acura went to Cindy Meehl’s Buck for documentary

Also see Best of the Reviews and Awards

Best of Reviews, Awards and Selections

Los Angeles Times, Betsy Sharkey
Buck’ a documentary with plainspoken power
Sometimes a film comes along that answers a question that you didn’t realize you had. At the Sundance Film Festival this year, that movie is “Buck,” an exceptional slice of Americana about the charismatic real-life horse whisperer, an earthy, soft-spoken philosopher who can tame troubled souls, be they man or beast.
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New York Times, David Carr
You Can Also Lead a Horse to Nirvana. LAST Sunday evening, Buck Brannaman strolled the High Line, two stories above the streets of Manhattan and hundreds of miles from his native habitat, the ranch country where he runs clinics in enlightened horsemanship. The documentary “Buck,” which won a Sundance audience award this year and will open on Friday in New York and Los Angeles, details his shaman-like skills around horses and the people who ride them.
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Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan
Sundance gets real: More memorable documentaries come from this festival than anywhere else. This year’s group included “Buck,” “If a Tree Falls,” “The Interrupters,” “Project Nim,” “The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” “Senna” and “We Were Here.” Mention should also be made of non-Sundance docs “Circo” and “Nostalgia for the Light.”
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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times – The best documentaries of 2011
One of the big documentary hits of the year. Buck Brannaman was the original “horse whisperer,” the character who Nicholas Evans based his novel on and Robert Redford used as the on-set consultant for his film. He has a way with horses, and Cindy Meehl’s documentary is moving as he shows them engaged in dances of understanding.
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Bloomberg, Rick Warner
Buck in Top 10 for 2011.  “Buck”: A touching documentary about Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for Robert Redford’s equine trainer in “The Horse Whisperer.” Brannaman overcame a Dickensian childhood to become a world-famous horse handler known for his uncanny ability to communicate with the animals.
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Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern
Buck Makes Top 10.  “Buck”: Few of us city dwellers ever get to meet the sort of American portrayed in Cindy Meehl’s documentary—a middle-age cowboy who gives horse-training clinics. Even in his own territory, though, Buck Brannaman is one of a kind, a man who has learned to give horses the love he lacked as a child.
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BUCK awards


2011 Festival Location Award/Acknowledgement
Jan 29 Sundance Film Festival Park City, UT Audience Award
March 4 True/False Film Festival Columbia, MO Official Selection
March 13 SXSW Austin, TX Official Selection
April 1 Crossroads Film Festival Madison, MS Best Feature Documentary
April 15 Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota, FL Official Selection
April 15 Full Frame Doc Film Festival Durham NC Audience Award
April 17 Nashville Film Festival Nashville, TN Official Selection
May 1 Independent Film Festival Boston, MA Official Selection
May 2 HOT DOCS Toronto, ON
Official Selection & Top Audience Favorite
June 3 Berkshires Film Festival Pittsfield, MA Official Selection
June 8 Seattle Int’l Film Festival Seattle, WA Official Selection
2nd runner up for Best Documentary
Golden Space Needle Award
June 16 Provincetown Int’l Film Festival Provincetown, MA HBO Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
June 21 SilverDocs Washington, DC Official Selection
June 22 Nantucket Film Festival Nantucket, MA Official Selection/Best of Fest
June 29 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival Chilmark, MA Official Selection
July 1 Melbourne Int’l Film Festival Melbourne, Australia Official Selection
July 1 New Zealand Int’l Film Festival Official Selection
Sept 7 DocuWest Film Festival Golden, CO Best Feature Length Documentary
Sept 22 Zurich Int’l Film Festival Switzerland Best International Documentary Film
Sept 27 Reykjavik Int’l Film Festival Iceland Official Selection
Oct 6 Rio Film Festival Brazil Official Selection
Oct 7 Warsaw Film Festival Poland Documentary Feature Competition
Special Mention
Oct 13 Abu Dhabi Film Festival United Arab Emirates Official Selection
Oct 19 Bergen Int’l Film Festival Norway Best Documentary
Oct 21 Bermuda Docs Bermuda Official Selection
Nov 1 Canberra Film Festival Australia Audience Award
Best Documentary
Nov 1 Halls Gap Film Festival Halls Gap, Australia Official Selection
Nov 1 Rosebud Film Festival Official Selection
Nov 5 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Colorado Springs, CO Official Selection
Nov 9 Stockholm Sweden Official Selection
Nov 10 Rockport Film Festival Rockport, TX Best Documentary Feature
Nov 16 Int’l Doc Film Festival Amsterdam The Netherlands Official Selection
Nov 28 Gotham Independent Film Awards New York, New York Audience Award Nominee
Dec 2 National Board of Review New York, New York 2011 Top 5 Documentaries
Dec 2 True West Magazine Readers Choice Award
Editors Choice Award
2012 Festival Location Award/Acknowledgement
Jan 1, 2012 Perth Arts Festival Perth, Australia Official Selection
Jan Cinema Eye Honors 2012 New York, New York Audience Choice Award
Feb 3 Princeton Environmenal Film Festival Princeton, NJ Audience Favorite
March 22 Spur Award  Encampment, WY Documentary Script Category
March 23 EcoFocus Film Festival Athens, GA Official Selection
May 3 – 12 DocAviv Tel Aviv, Israel Official Selection
May 24 Christopher Awards New York, New York Feature Film Winner
August 22, SAMHSA Voice Awards Hollywood, CA Nominated for Voice Award
September 14  Humanitas Prize  Beverly Hills, CA  Humanitas Prize Finalist

SideReel Movie exclusive BUCK interview

‘Buck’ Interview with Buck Brannaman and Director Cindy Meehl – SideReel Movie Exclusive – 06/24/2011 | Reel TV

DP/30 Buck (One Year Later)

Interview with both director Cindy Meehl and Buck Brannaman
01/05/2012 | DP/30

Cindy Meehl and Buck Brannaman interview

03/17/2011 | SundanceNow

Cindy Meehl Meet the Artist

Sundance Video – Cindy Meehl Interview

Sundance 2011 Screening Schedule
December 2010

A living legend in the horse world, Buck Brannaman was the inspiration for The Horse Whisperer. For this true cowboy, horses are a mirror of the human soul.    See video and read more…

Cowboys & Indian’s review of video

Watch Templeton Thompson’s Video For ‘When I Get That Pony Rode’
Mar 1, 2013 – 11:00 AM


When you get to know Templeton Thompson, it’s easy to understand why director Cindy Meehl and so many Nashville heavyweights lined up to help on her new video, “When I Get That Pony Rode,” which took no time racing to No. 1 on CMT.com and generating some serious downloads on iTunes after its release in February. The gal can really sing. The song has heart and soul — and hooks.  Read more >


7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman

Order your copy today!

Trafalgar Square Books, our distributor, is now accepting pre-orders of 7 CLINICS with BUCK BRANNAMAN.

Shipping September 17, 2012.  See below for details.

The 7 CLINICS with BUCK BRANNAMAN project features over 10 hours of incredible, never-before-seen footage from the making of the award-winning feature film documentary BUCK — the stunningly portrayed story of one man’s quest to help horses with “ people problems” lauded by critics and audiences alike. 7 CLINICS allows riders, trainers, and horse lovers everywhere to travel with Buck from coast to coast while learning his techniques and absorbing countless words of wisdom along the way.

This project came about when we saw how much footage was left on the “cutting room floor”, and we realized we could bring Buck’s message to a larger audience — with the intent of benefiting the horses!

This series, featuring over 10 hours of instructional footage from the making of the feature film BUCK, will be packaged in three sets and sold individually or as a complete set.


From DISC 3. It is Buck’s Introduction piece where he talks about the Release technique.
From DISC 5. “Getting to the Feet”
Director Cindy Meehl talks about 7 CLINICS and why she made the series.

Set One: Groundwork

Author: Cindy Meehl and Cedar Creek Productions, LLCFormat: DVDs, run time 152 mins.

ISBN: 978 1 57076 587 2

(2 discs) $49.95

  Set Two: Lessons on Horseback

Author: Cindy Meehl and Cedar Creek Productions, LLCFormat: 2 DVDs, total run time 195 mins.

ISBN: 978 1 57076 588 9

(2 discs) $49.95

Set Three: Lessons on Horseback, Problem-Solving, Words of Wisdom

Author: Cindy Meehl and Cedar Creek Productions, LLCFormat: 3 DVDs, 254 minutes

ISBN: 978 1 57076 589 6

(3 discs) $59.95

  7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman, The Complete Series: Discs 1–7Author: Cindy Meehl and Cedar Creek Productions, LLCFormat: 7 DVDs, total run time 10 hoursComplete Series: 7 discs $145.00

UK Reviews

Cine Vue
4 stars, Alexandra Hayward
Buck Brannaman appears to be your average modern-day cowboy; yet in the equestrian world and beyond, he is nothing short of a superstar. In the inspirational and emotionally-charged documentary Buck (2011), the first feature release from Cindy Meehl, we meet an enigmatic man who possesses an extraordinary gift to communicate and heal troubled or misbehaving horses across the United States.
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London Evening Standard
3 Stars, Derek Malcolm
There’s a whole class of people dedicated to helping owners with their animals. Buck Brannaman, does it the other way round, helping animals with their owners. He is a cowboy, teacher and part-time philosopher, the real-life horse whisperer, and Cindy Meehl’s documentary, supported by Robert Redford, the cinematic horse whisperer, shows how he does it.
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The Guardian
4 Stars, Catherine Shoard
Saddle up for for a one-way ticket to inspirationville: this Sundance-wowing documentary gives an insight into the real-life horse whisperer, child abuse backstory and all. Buck Brannaman is the sort of copper-bottomed authentic that makes you wonder how we ever swallowed Robert Redford’s blow-dried impression. Half nag, half guru, he burrs wise words about wrangling men and beasts, one’s primal nature and one’s animal altruism. Yet he’s also acid enough to balance out the slight tang of treacle in Meehl’s treatment. There’s a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it’s testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick. Complete article >

Ostensibly a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer, this film actually has more to say about how people treat each other than how they interact with horses. It’s a strikingly well-made film that entertains us while packing a quiet emotional kick.