Life lessons

Life lessons from Buck Brannaman – ‘Horses and life, it’s all the same to me’
By Sharon Furr
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm (Updated: February 8, 12:28 am)

I’ve always heard that the outside of a horse can do something wonderful to the inside of a man, and I truly believe it.
Today’s story is all about horses and ourselves as being one, or you could fill in the blank — instead of horses, it could be cows, or dogs, or you get the gist.
I’ve always been in awe of Buck Brannaman, the pure cruelty he came up in and how his life turned out, despite all odds. It’s a lesson in itself that no matter what hand of cards life deals you, you have a choice with what you can do with it. Of course, you can allow yourself to wallow in it or hide in it, that’s the easy way out, never making a difference, that’s the avenue most people take, but it’s all up to you, you have that option, you have the pulse.

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Students put theme of film to work through visit with Chico

GRAVENHURST – Students from six Muskoka schools travelled by foot or by bus to the Gravenhurst Opera House on Thursday to watch Buck, an inspiring movie about a man’s miraculous relationship with horses. Three hundred students ranging in age from 10 to 19 were part of the third annual Fine Films Gravenhurst student screening, where students watch a carefully selected Canadian or international film and debrief their movie experience when they return to their classrooms.

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BUCK 3.5 stars

Review: Mark Naglazas, January 25, 2011

You’ll like this if you liked Gorillas in the Midst, The Horse Whisperer, Seabiscuit, Grizzly Man.
It’s commonly assumed that abused children themselves become abusers, imposing the hurt they suffered on the next generation (violence being in the DNA was the subject of last year’s French-Canadian masterpiece Incendies).

Buck Brannaman interview on ABC News Nightline





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Buck the man interviewed at his ranch by Bill Weir on ABC Nightline.

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A cast is good; a character is better.
As Indiewire detailed last month, the success of “Buck” had as much to do with the marketing of its subject as its subject matter. Horse-whispering cowboy Buck Brannaman is an honest-to-god unique character who easily translated the documentary’s concept to millions via in-theater and festival appearances as well as rapturous Today Show slots (where he was described as a “chick, horse, everything magnet”).

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BUCK on National Catholic Register’s Best Films of 2011

Buck. Luminous and uplifting, documentarian Cindy Meehl’s homage to laconic, low-key “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman is a powerful portrait of leadership, redemption, healing and understanding — a film that’s as much about being a better person as a better horseman. Mild language; references to an abusive childhood; a couple of violent horse moments and a moderately serious injury. Fine for older kids.

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612 ABC Brisbane with Buck Brannaman

Mornings with Steve Austin
19 January 2012 , 11:47 AM by Scott Spark

A new film called Buck won the audience award at Sundance follows the life of Buck Brannaman, a real Horse Whisperer.

Steve Austin spoke to Buck Brannaman.

Buck Brannaman’s Horse Sense

Tuesday, January 17

Peter Calder talks to the original horse whisperer who is now starring in his own movie.

Buck Brannaman, wrangler of troubled horses - and people - is the subject of a brilliant doco. Photo / Supplied

Buck Brannaman, wrangler of troubled horses – and people – is the subject of a brilliant doco. Photo / Supplied

In the classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, Jon Voight, a naive would-be gigolo on the mean streets of New York, explains his odd outfit – Stetson and tasselled buckskin jacket – with the line “I ain’t a for-real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!”

Voight’s character is called Joe Buck and another Buck is the star of the first truly great documentary film to hit cinemas in 2012. And you can’t help thinking that this Buck (surname Brannaman), could have the signature line, “I ain’t a for-real movie star. But I am one helluva cowboy!”

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Cinema Eye Audience Choice Award

Audience Choice PrizeCindy Meehl, Andrea Meditch, Julie Goldman, accept an award onstage during the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 11, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America)

Other articles on the Cinema Eye awards:

Realscreen, Of the other winners, the Audience Choice Prize went to Cindy Meehl for BUCK
TheWrap, The Audience Choice Prize went to Cindy Meehl’s “Buck,”
Studio Daily, The Audience Choice Prize went to Buck, directed by Cindy Meehl,
Alt Film Guide, winner(s) were Cindy Meehl’s Buck, which took home the Audience Choice Prize

The Hollywood Reporter on BUCK

Redford’s Real Horse Whisperer Stars in ‘Buck’ Doc

First-time filmmaker Cindy Meehl makes an Oscar-shortlisted doc on Buck Brannaman, who inspired Robert Redford’s equine classic.
7:48 PM PST 1/4/2012 by Tim Appelo

Cindy Meehl‘s Buck, a Cedar Creek Productions documentary about the amazing, revolutionary, almost spiritual horse trainer Buck Brannaman, made the Oscar shortlist and Roger Ebert‘s list of the Best Documentaries of 2011. Meehl tells The Hollywood Reporter how she made a hit her first time in the director’s saddle.  Read complete article >