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Cindy Meehl
Screening time  
02.03. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
A living legend in the horse world, Buck Brannaman was the inspiration for 'The Horse Whisperer'.

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. Reared by an abusive father, Buck eschews violence. By teaching people to communicate with horses through instinct, not punishment, he frees the spirit of the horse and its human comrade. Crisscrossing the world with Zenlike wisdom, Buck promulgates grace in the bond between man and horse. The animal-human relationship becomes a perfect metaphor for meeting the challenges of daily life, whether they consist of raising kids, running a business, or finding your flow with a dance partner. What is extraordinary about Buck Brannaman, the man, leaps off the screen in this strikingly cinematic film by first-time director Cindy Meehl. Part guru, part psychologist, the adult Buck, who was once a beaten kid, has now beaten the odds.

Cindy Meehl

Cindy Meehl studied art at Marymount Manhattan College and the National Academy of Art in NYC. She began fine art painting in the 90's. She has now transferred her art from a canvas to a screen. She founded Cedar Creek Productions, LLC in 2008. 'Buck' is her feature documentary film debut. Cindy is currently in development on a new documentary project. 

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2010, 88', color, video

Directed by:
Cindy Meehl

Luke Geissbuhler, Guy Mossman

Edited by:
Toby Shimin

David Robbins

Julie Goldman

Produced by:
Cedar Creek Productions

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2011 –  Audience Award; Full Frame Doc Film Festival 2011 –  Audience Award Crossroads Film Festival 2011 – Best Documentary Award; Provincetown International Film Fest 2011 - HBO Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature HotDOCS 2011 – Top Ten Audience Favorite