Winner of the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at 2011 Sundance Film Festival and 10 other awards in 2011 and 2012
Buck (directed by Cindy Meehl) “Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. Buck, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer,” he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.
Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero, Buck is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.
Released in 2011
Running time: 88 minutes
12:30 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at SJCT’s Whittier Theater
5:30 pm on Sat., Nov 7th at Friday Harbor House