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Buck Brannaman spends nine months of the year teaching mesmerizing lessons in horse training throughout the USA. Opposing traditional violent and oppressive training techniques, Brannaman proves that an approach based on mutual learning and trust is not only more ethical but also achieves wonderful results. Brannaman’s rough journey began with rope tricks performances in rodeos fearing a whipping from his father. His story was later the inspiration for Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer”. The techniques he developed helped him cope with his traumatic childhood, and are intended for horse owners as much as for horses. As audience awards garnered in festivals attest, viewers too cannot remain unaffected.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Sundance, Zurich International Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Full Frame, Provincetown Film Festival

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 18:45 | Cinematheque 2
  • Thu 08.07 | 18:00 | Webinars | Master Class with the producer Julie Goldman
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

Meet the Filmmakers

  • Master Class with the producer Julie Goldman

    Thu 08.07 at 18:00

Cindy Meehl founded Cedar Creek Productions, LLC in 2008. The film company has traveled from North Carolina, on to Tacoma Washington, France, Wyoming, California, Montana and Texas to film the legendary Buck Brannaman. His exceptional and profound horsemanship skills drove Cindy to create her first documentary. She thought it was a story that had to be told and an inspirational message that would benefit people whether they had a horse or not.

Coming from a creative background in fashion and art, Cindy ran her own label Sasha, Cindy and Phil as well as Cindy Hughes Designs all through the eighties. She designed couture evening wear that sold across the country. Her clothes were in the window at Bergdorf Goodman and were featured in film and television as well as magazines and print campaigns . Cindy 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.

Cindy is currently in development on a new documentary project. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, writer Brian Meehl, 2 daughters, 4 dogs and 2 horses.

Production: Julie Goldman
Production Company: Cedar Creek Productions
Editing: Toby Shimin
Cinematography: Guy Mossman, Luke Geissbühler


Supporters & Broadcasters: Yes Docu