IFC Films, January 24, 2011

Sundance Selects Takes North American Rights to Cindy Meehl’s Buck

Park City, UT (January 24, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today from the Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Cindy Meehl’s BUCK. The film, which is playing in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiered on Friday, January 21st. The film centers around Buck Brannaman, a living legend in the horse world, and was produced by Julie Goldman. Andrea Meditch served as a creative consultant on the film.

The Horse Whisperer may be the stuff of Hollywood legend but the cowboy who inspired the novel and film is very real. Buck Brannaman – master horseman, raconteur and philosopher – is a no excuses cowboy who travels the world teaching a hard-won wisdom that’s often more about human relationships than about horses. He possesses near magical abilities as he transforms horses – and people – with understanding and respect.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "Our entire company has fallen in love with BUCK. Cindy Meehl’s funny, deeply inspiring and crowd pleasing film about Buck Brannaman has ignited the passion of audiences in Park City and we’re confident the rest of the country will feel the same. This is the perfect film for our new label Sundance Selects and we could not be more excited to help get it out to the widest possible audience."

Filmmaker Cindy Meehl stated: "BUCK is about hope, inspiration and triumph over adversity. Sundance Selects is the perfect partner to help us reach a broad audience that has already shown that it is hungry for Buck’s message."

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films and Betsy Rodgers, Vice President of Business and Legal Afffairs for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Josh Braun at Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

Buck Brannaman Book Signing for The Faraway Horses – See Details Below:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25th
Dolly’s Bookstore
510 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Additional Sundance Press Screenings:
Public Screening 4 – Monday, January 24, 6:00 p.m. – Temple Theatre
Public Screening 5 – Wednesday, January 26, 4:00 p.m. – Redstone Cinema 7
Public Screening 6 – Saturday, January 29, 3:00 p.m. – Temple Theatre

For tickets, please contact 42West Sundance Press Contact:
Kate Rosenbaum, kate.rosenbaum@42west.net, 646.723.9696

Established in 2009 and based in New York City, Sundance Selects is a leading U.S. distributor of prestige films that focuses on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. Its unique distribution model makes independent prestige films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes have included Spike Lee’s Passing Strange: The Movie and Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ The Shock Doctrine, a feature documentary based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name. Upcoming Sundance Selects releases include Gregg Araki’s sex-drenched comical thriller Kaboom, Joe Swanberg’s achingly true-to-life modern comedy Uncle Kent, Errol Morris’ highly acclaimed documentary Tabloid, Warner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and famed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy starring Juliette Binoche. Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.


Michael Kupferberg