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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.

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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 >

Horsing around at Sundance: Director Cindy Meehl’s perspective

Digital Journal Reports | January 2, 2012
Michael Krebs

Andrea Meditch, Julie Goldman, Buck Brannaman, and Cindy Meehl at Sundance 2011

With the 2012 Sundance Film Festival set to begin on January 19, I caught up with Meehl to ask her about experience with “Buck” and about her Sundance perspectives.

KREBS: Often with journalism and with documentary film making the story reshapes the storyteller’s original thought on the subject at hand. And with Buck, the cowboy helps reorient the perspective of a given troubled horse. How did Buck shape you as a director? And when you see the film now, how does he continue to have an impact on you?

MEEHL: Buck actually did a lot to shape me as a director, though I’m sure he does not know it. He has a way of “raising the bar” on everything you do. There is no such thing as too tired, too difficult or not trying your absolute best in his world. Excuses are a joke to him. He’s like the Nike ad ~~ Just Do It! His hard work philosophy and tenacious manner was a big influence on me. Anyone who has ever made a film knows that it is a job full of challenges and choices. It is not for the faint of heart. Knowing his dedication to his work made me work harder than ever to accurately depict him and achieve what it was that I wanted to say in this film. Seeing the film, even now, I still get choked up when I see him riding alone in that field at the end of the film because I know how hard won his success is.

Exclusive interview with Cindy Meehl: “BUCK”

Exclusive interview with Cindy Meehl: “BUCK” – a film about horses and so much more. Tonight At The Movies on YouTube


Live @ Sundance

BUCK winning the Acura U.S. Documentary Audience Awards at Sundance 2011

BUCK is at/around 49:00 minutes


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!

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.

Star of Buck Speaks Out About What You Didn’t See in the Film

Huffington Post
Zorianna Kit, 7/14/2011

Everyone from teenagers to adults to senior citizens have been touched by the story of Buck Brannaman in the documentary feature Buck. And it’s not just because of his incredible way with horses, which made him the inspiration for the book and the film, The Horse Whisperer. What makes Buck so inspiring is that despite the horrific abuse Buck suffered at the hands of his father when he was a child, he did not go the textbook route of continuing that cycle. Rather, with the help of his foster family, Buck grew up to not only help horses, but to help their human counterparts in the process. Complete article >

The CultureMap Interview with Buck

The real-life Horse Whisperer ties horse problems to people problems in Buck

by Joe Leydon
July 6, 2011

If you’re in the know about horses, chances are good you already know a lot about Buck Brannaman, the celebrated trainer and equine expert famed for spreading the gospel of “natural horsemanship” — the process of communicating with horses through empathy and instinct, not threats and punishment — at the four-day clinics that occupy three-quarters of his time every year.

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