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Thursday July 14 | 8:00pm

"doors" open at 7:15 pm, screening at sundown. rain contingency plan at the Casino Theater.

Newport International Polo Grounds

Rules & Guidelines

picnics encouraged

Free, bring a picnic

"I was inspired to make a film because I felt it was the best way to introduce this charismatic cowboy to the general public and not just “horse people.” It was a huge leap of faith, as I had never made a film before. However, I have always loved John Burroughs’s saying, “Leap, and the net will appear.” It did." - Cindy Meehl, Director


“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.

Run time: USA / 88 min / Rated PG
Director(s): Cindy Meehl

Buck Brannaman, horse gentler