Cindy Meehl on BUCK at Film Forward, Imperial Valley, CA

BUCK Goes to the Imperial Valley and Mexicali

Posted by Cindy Meehl, director, BUCK on May 09, 2012 at 05:05 pm.

Cindy Meehl speaks to students at Clexico High School. Photo by Jennifer Prediger.

The Imperial Valley in California is a unique border location that I had never heard of before I went with FILM FORWARD and my film BUCK. It was an experience I will never forget. I had been told to prepare for HOT weather, but upon arriving, I was pleasantly surprised to find a dry warm breeze that felt wonderful after leaving the damp chill of Connecticut. The Imperial Valley has a desert climate that can get cool and breezy in the evenings, but climb to over 100° during the day! Read complete article >

Sundance Institute Announces Film Forward

April 19, 2012 Press Release

Dialogue, a program that promotes cultural dialogue through independent documentary and narrative film, will travel to Imperial Valley and Mexicali from April 30 through May 4. The Imperial County Film Commission and Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center will present the FILM FORWARD program, which includes 10 films, filmmaker appearances and workshops, at multiple cities in the Imperial Valley including Calexico, Brawley, El Centro and Ocotillo in the U.S. and Mexicali in Mexico. All FILM FORWARD screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

Filmmakers Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and Cindy Meehl (Buck) will be in attendance to participate in Q&As, discussions, workshops and meet-and-greet events with local communities at multiple destinations throughout Imperial Valley and in Mexicali. Sundance Institute’s Meredith Lavitt, Associate Director, FILM FORWARD; and Jacqueline Carlson, Manager, FILM FORWARD will also be in attendance.

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The horse whisperer: ‘My dad taught me to understand fear’

The Telegraph, UK
By Christopher Middleton
7:15AM BST 17 Apr 2012

From the top of his stetson to the tip of his dusty boots, Buck Brannaman looks every inch the Wild West hero. As he lopes through the lobby of a trendy London hotel, you can’t help wondering what he’s doing in here, rather than riding a palomino across the plains. Complete article >

National Ability Center features Buck & BUCK

BUCK BRANNAMAN Demo & Reception May 15, 2012
A benefit for the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center is honored to host Buck Brannaman, leading horse trainer and the inspiration for the film and book, “The Horse Whisperer”, and star of movie “Buck”, a 2011 Sundance Film Festival US Documentary Audience Award.

Start the week off with a FREE screening of “BUCK” the film, presented by Sundance Institute on Monday, May 14th. Then join us for the main event, Demo & Reception on May 15th, with the man himself, BUCK BRANNAMAN!
Tickets go on sale April 18.

Visit web site for more details

“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.”

Buck Brannaman

A true American cowboy and hero, Buck travels the country year round helping horses with people problems. Buck has a phenomenally successful approach to horses. He teaches pepole to communicate with their horses through respect and sensitivity, not punishment.


BUCK wins 2012 Spur Award

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Santa Fe, N.M., author Johnny D. Boggs won Spur Awards for two novels, while Rod Miller of Sandy, Utah, also won two Spurs this year for poetry and a short story, Western Writers of America has announced.

Director Cindy Meehl and producer Julie Goldman (Cedar Creek Productions) will receive the Spur in the Documentary Script category for BUCK, a film about legendary horseman Buck Brannaman.

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BUCK Screening in India


BUCK is screening in India as part of Sundance’s Film Forward

March 16, 9am-4pm
March 17 11 am

Pelicula Auditorium, Whistling Woods International, Film City Rd, Goregaon (East), Mumbai-400065, Maharashtra, India

Whistling Woods International

Founded by one of the India’s leading filmmakers – Subhash Ghai and is promoted by Mukta Arts Limited & Filmcity Mumbai. Whistling Woods International(WWI) is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television.

Whistling Woods has also been rated amongst the top 10 film schools in the world by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. WWI was the youngest school to be featured in that list.

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Unique review of BUCK by Kosher Movies

When I was about ten years old, my father surprised me by taking me to a veterinarian’s office to pick up a dog. It was a “mutt,” a mixed breed, part collie and part something else. The visit was one of my “wow” moments growing up. I named the dog Shep, and we became fast friends. He would sleep at the foot of my bed, chew at the bedpost, and wake me up every morning with a happy look. My father taught the dog to go the newsstand a block away and to bring home the paper in its mouth. I thought that was really cool. When my day did not go well, Shep was always there to cheer me up. He was my dependable friend. But, like many kids, I was not diligent about walking the dog and taking care of all the stuff that goes with caring for a pet. Eventually my mother gave the dog away, and I spent that fateful day crying over my lost Shep.

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The horse whisperer’s spiritual healing

By   Joseph Fahim/ Daily News Egypt

A strong vibe of comfort, of serenity and reassurance, radiates from its frames. The fascinating, elusive subject matter of the documentary, the vast picturesque green vistas of the southern grazing lands captured so lovingly, so reverently, by the poised, perceptive lens, and the patient narrative that is thoughtful and romantic in parts yet alarmingly realistic in others render “Buck” a quintessentially American film devoid of the many trappings of American films.


Buck Yes They Did It! Interview

Interview with Buck Brannaman for Yes-They-Did-It !
February 2012. Rose Bowl Riders, Pasadena, California.

Buck at the Rose Bowl Clinic

Horse whisperer Buck Brannaman draws a crowd at Pasadena Rose Bowl

Paulick Report

About 200 people paid $25 a head to watch horse whisperer Dan “Buck” Brannaman display his unique horse training methods at the Pasadena Rose Bowl equestrian facility on Friday. It was the first day of a four-day clinic in which Brannaman is guiding 25 students, who each paid $600, through the basics of getting to know their horses. Read complete article >



‘BUCK’ teaches hard-learned lessons

Jana J. Monji

Straight from the school of hard-knocks, comes Buck Brannaman. As the youngest son of “Ace” and Carol Brannaman, he first came to national attention as a shy boy, who, with his older brother, had a talent for rope tricks. They were on national cereal commercials, but you might know Buck best as the horse whisperer–the man who inspired a book and later worked with Robert Redford on the movie by the same name, “The Horse Whisperer.” Director Cindy Meehl’s “Buck” is a picturesque documentary that tells a hopeful story about redemption through hard work and humility.  Read complete article >