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Focus on Nature 10th Anniversary Screening + Q&A with director Cindy Meehl, producer Julie Goldman, and editor Toby Shimin

American cowboy Buck Brannaman has a unique way of communicating with horses, and it’s exactly this unorthodox style of training that inspired the novel The Horse Whisperer. In this documentary, director Cindy Meehl gets to know the real-life Buck as she reveals his fascinating story about how an abusive childhood helped teach him the compassion and insight needed to train horses, not with punishment but by treating them the way he would treat humans – with respect.

Followed by a reception across the street at the JBFC Media Arts Lab.

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"In some sense it was beauty that saved Mr. Brannaman, that of his conscience and that of horses, which, having been tied to humans long ago, became companions, workers and for some, as this lovely movie shows, saviors."
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable."
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal


Q&A with director Cindy Meehl, producer Julie Goldman, and editor Toby Shimin, moderated by JBFC Director of Film Programs Ryan Harrington
Wednesday, Oct. 11 2023, 7:00
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  • Cindy Meehl is an award-winning director and producer whose documentary, The Dog Doc premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in the spring of 2020. Meehl started her career in films in 2008 when she created Cedar Creek Productions and began work on her documentary feature Buck. The film was Meehl’s directorial debut and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s U.S. Documentary Audience Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Award® – Best Documentary Feature.
  • Julie Goldman is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary and fiction films and series. Julie is the first documentary producer to receive the Amazon Studios Sundance Institute Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producer’s Award. She co-founded Motto Pictures with partner Christopher Clements in 2009. Motto’s films have received four Academy Award nominations and have won numerous Emmy and Peabody awards as well as top honors at international festivals from Sundance to Berlin to Cannes.
  • Toby Shimin began her film career as a sound editor and switched to picture editing when she cut The Children's Storefront, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, she has edited numerous films that have premiered at Sundance, including, Peabody Award winning How to Dance in Ohio, A Leap of Faith, Martha & Ethel, Miss America, and Everything's Cool. Her Sundance Audience Award winning films include Out of the Past, This is Home, which was also nominated for an Emmy award in editing, and Buck, which was short-listed for an Academy Award.

This film is part of the Focus On Nature series.

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