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Sundance Trailer and Poster EXCLUSIVE: Buck, True Horse Whisperer Documentary

by Anne Thompson
January 19, 2011 12:46 AM
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With so many movies going into Sundance without distribution, many of them docs, getting them seen by the right people is tough. Cindy Meehl's Buck has the advantage of being the behind-the-scenes true story of the man behind Nick Evan's novel and the film made from it by Sundance's own Robert Redford, the producer-director-star of The Horse Whisperer (1998). Our exclusive first look at the poster and trailer is below.

According to Meehl, she was inspired to make her first movie after she met charismatic horse world legend Buck Brannaman, who believes in training horses with gentleness, at one of his clinics eight years ago:

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In four days, he taught me more about horses than anyone ever had in all the decades I’d been dealing with them. Even more compelling was watching how he could instill the feeling of power in someone when they were afraid and had given up hope, whether it was about their horse or their life. Buck’s personal story, as I came to know it, also deeply resonated with me. How he rose above the violence of his childhood, and applied the hard-learned lessons to training horses humanely and respectfully was profoundly inspirational. Buck has a unique ability to help people reconfigure the way they perceive both horses and humans, and the principles he teaches can become life altering. How he treats and works with these animals reverberates beyond the round pen and the arena. Overcoming a horse’s fear and earning its trust has a lot in common with raising a child or sustaining a relationship.


  • Anna Ward | February 5, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    Please, please tell us when this is going to be released! I've never met or seen Buck work in person, but he speaks to my soul through his books. This trailer is wonderful, beautiful.....made me cry.

  • Lori Marra | January 26, 2011 11:56 AMReply

    I can't what to see the film!!! Buck exudes confidence and I love to study from him. I will get to ride and learn from him in Oct of 2011. This will truly be great. Can't what to see the film!!!!

  • Linda McPhee | January 25, 2011 7:24 AMReply

    Yes, I hope we get to see this in Europe! I was so pissed off by the dramatic last horse scene in the Horse Whisperer movie, which undermined everything else in it. I'd like to see the real thing, and it looks really well done.

  • Caroline | January 24, 2011 7:25 AMReply

    Hope to see it in France!!!!

  • Sue Kelly | January 22, 2011 6:53 AMReply

    Wonderful trailer, would love to see the film!

  • Julie Hueftle | January 22, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    Thank you Buck.

  • Kate | January 22, 2011 3:05 AMReply

    Just watched the trailer and can't wait to see the film - hopefully at the Sarasota Film Festival...hope so. So happy to see the word get out about Buck's philosophy and horsemanship and healing...with the help of the horse. Bravo and Peace - thanks for making this film!

  • Natalie Santos | January 22, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    I saw this film at Sundance today and it was well worth the wait. It is a must see, especially for anyone who has ever raised a child, a dog, a horse... And yes I said "Raised", because there is a huge difference between raising a " child" through fear and intimidation and with love and a gentle bond..which naturally develops respect, admiration and loyalty. This is what "Buck" taught me. You should really see this documentary.

  • Dottie Davis | January 21, 2011 7:06 AMReply

    Let us hope they captured the real essence of Buck. The compasionate person he really is. Not only for the horse but for the rider. I have noticed that Buck will give 110% if the rider is really trying. The life lessons I have learned from Buck are too numerous to mention. Love that man.

  • Gwen Anderson | January 21, 2011 2:05 AMReply

    I am going to adore this film even if it is only half as good as the trailer! An inspirational subject, gorgeous scenery, and talented people who know how to put it all on film. Perfect! Please don't make us wait too long.

  • Suzanne Mathes | January 19, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    This is definitely one to wait for! Thanks for taking the time to put this together! Great job!

  • Nancy Pokrywka | January 19, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

  • Roxanne Hill | January 19, 2011 5:43 AMReply

    Good job! Can't wait to see the whole film. Good luck at Sundance.

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