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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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.

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“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 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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Film Forward showing BUCK in China

Buck Brannaman and Andrea Meditch

March 13-22, 2012

Andrea Meditch, Creative Consultant, and award winning documentary film producer and creative adviser for media companies, will be going to China to show BUCK to Chinese film makers as part of the FILM FORWARD program.

FILM FORWARD is a cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers. FILM FORWARD is an initiative of Sundance Institute and The President’s committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Screening 9:00 pm, Friday, Nov 4, 2011 IFC Center
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10:00 AM, Sat. Nov. 5, 2011 – NYU’s Kimmel Ctr. 9th Floor (room 900)

Co-presented by NYU-SCPS Department of Design, Digital Arts and Film.

An in-depth case study traces the key steps that Cindy Meehl, first-time filmmaker, took to get her film made and into theaters. Panelists include director Cindy Meehl, producer Julie Goldman, sales agent Josh Braun, and distribution specialist Ryan Werner of Sundance Selects.  More information >

More info on DOC NYC

DOC NYC, New York’s premier documentary festival is back, returning for its second year to Greenwich Village with an expanded line-up, 2 extra days, and more guests, panels, and films than last year! The largest festival of its kind ever held in New York, DOC NYC 2011 will showcase 107 events, including screenings of 52 feature-length films and 40 shorts as well as 15 doc-related panel discussions. All events will take place at IFC Center and New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Kimmel Center.  There will be over 200 special guests in person, including Werner Herzog, Jonathan Demme, Charlotte Rampling, DA Pennebaker, Barbara Kopple, Russell Simmons, Joe Frazier, and others.  Highlights include: Opening Night Gala of Herzog’s latest, INTO THE ABYSS; US premiere of LEMON, a profile of the Def Poetry Jam star; Spotlight presentation of THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, Toronto Audience Award-winner; an evening with Elliott Erwitt; portraits of Bill T. Jones, Charles & Ray Eames, Jascha Heifetz, Stan Lee, and more!

Special Screenings for October and November 2011


Bermuda Docs

Friday, Oct 21 at 6pm special screening


The Crossing


Oct 28 at 7pm special screening


Skidmore College Zankel Music Center

Saratoga Springs, New York

October 29th at 7pm Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall


Reel Voices Film Festival 

Ridgewood, NJ Library

Nov 4th at 7:30 followed by Q & A with editor Jen Stamps


Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival 

Colorado Springs, CO

Nov 5th, two screenings followed by Q & A with film editor Toby Shimin


Rockport Film festival 

Rockport, TX

Sat Nov 5 at 7:30pm


New York, NY
Nov 4th at 9:00 followed by
Q & A with Cindy Meehl Screening at IFC Center

Nov 5th at 10am at NYU Kimmel Center
Case Study: Making and Distributing BUCK

director Cindy Meehl, producer Julie Goldman, sales agent Josh Braun, and distribution specialist Ryan Werner of Sundance Selects

Businessweek – Do Lectures with Speaker Cindy Meehl

Filmaker Cindy Meehl kicks off the first DO Lectures USA with her documentary ‘Buck’. Cindy was the first speaker to be heard by 6 Bloomberg scholarship winners at the first ever Do Lectures USA.