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The Autry Hosts Preview Screening of Buck (2011) Followed by Q&A with Director Cindy Meehl and Real-Life Horse Whisperer Buck Brannaman

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Monday, June 13, 2011, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Admission: $20 general, $15 Autry members
Rated PG

88 MINUTES / PANASONIC VARICAM & PANASONIC HVX-300 (P2) /
EXHIBITED ON: HD-CAM

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Los Angeles , CA (May 17, 2011)—The Autry announces a special preview screening of the award-winning Sundance Selects film Buck (2001) followed by a Q&A with film director Cindy Meehl, who shot 300 hours of film, and real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman.

“A lot of times, rather than helping people with horse problems, I’m helping horses with people problems,” says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses.

Buck, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows living legend Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenal success as a real life “horse whisperer.” Eschewing the violence of his past, Brannaman teaches people to communicate with horses through instinct, not punishment. He possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses—and people—with his understanding, compassion, and respect. In the film, the animal-human relationship becomes a perfect metaphor for meeting the challenges of daily life. 
A truly American story about an unsung hero: an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.

Buck is rated PG and will open in theatres in New York and Los Angeles on June 17, followed by a national rollout.

Buck has won several awards, including the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award for Documentary, 2011, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Audience Award, 2011, and was named Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival, 2011, and Official Selection at the True/False Film Festival, 2011. Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times called Buck “Irresistible.” “Extraordinary . . . an exceptional slice of Americana about the kind of unsung hero America loves to loves,” said Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times. “A movie that actually could make the world a better place,” said Ray Greene, Box Office Magazine.

The screening will take place at the Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for Autry members. Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://theautry.org/programs/film/buck-2011. Parking at the Autry is always free.

View the Buck website and trailer here.

For more information and to become a fan, visit BUCK on Facebook.

BUCK BRANNAMAN (Subject)

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Buck Brannaman

Buck Brannaman is a prominent advocate of natural horsemanship. He's a widely respected horse gentler whose approach to training horses has inspired and revolutionized the equestrian world. He travels extensively throughout the U.S. and the world. A mix of mentor, legend, and folk hero to the thousands who attend his colt-starting and horsemanship clinics each year, Buck is the inspiration for the novel and feature filmThe Horse Whisperer. Employing techniques learned from Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt, Buck gets riders to understand as much about their horses as possible. He teaches people to understand the horse and where he's coming from and is able, almost instinctually, to inspire trust in both the horse and rider. Buck has coauthored two books, Faraway Horses and Believe.

CINDY MEEHL (Director)

Cindy Meehl met Buck Brannaman at one of his horse clinics in 2003. His horsemanship and skills were exceptional, and once Cindy learned about Buck’s life, she was inspired to make her first documentary to tell his story and share his unique approach to horses and people. She founded Cedar Creek Productions LLC in 2008 in order to make this film. Cindy’s background is in fashion and art. She created and ran her own label, “Sasha, Cindy and Phil,” as well as “Cindy Hughes Designs.” She has designed couture evening wear that sold across the country. Her clothes have been showcased in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman and 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. In the 1990s, she began fine art painting, which led to her interest in photography and film. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, writer Brian Meehl, two daughters, four dogs, and two horses.

About Sundance Selects

Sundance Selects is a new theatrical and video-on-demand film label that provides a national platform for independent film in the documentary and world cinema categories. Sundance Selects marks the first time a transactional on-demand platform has existed for feature documentary films, and will be available in approximately 40 million homes on most major cable systems including Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner, plus the satellite provider Direct TV.

"The hallmark of the Sundance brand is creating an environment of discovery, for both artists and for audiences," said Sundance founder Robert Redford. "Sundance nurtures new, independent voices in the creative realm and is committed to bringing their work to larger audiences in new ways. Sundance Selects is a perfect complement to this mission, and I am really energized about working with Sundance Channel and Rainbow Media on this new venture."

About the Autry National Center of the American West

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

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