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Cindy Meehl

July 18, 2011

"Buck" director Cindy Meehl

At age 52, Cindy Meehl had already achieved a significant measure of success. Coming from a creative background in fashion and art, Cindy ran her own label Sasha, Cindy and Phil as well as Cindy Hughes Designs all through the eighties. She designed couture evening wear that sold across the country. Her clothes were in the window at Bergdorf Goodman and were featured in film and television as well as magazines and print campaigns.

But when she discovered the legendary “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, Cindy decided that his story had to be told. His exceptional and profound horsemanship skills inspired Cindy to create her first documentary. Cindy founded Cedar Creek Productions, LLC in 2008. The film company traveled from North Carolina, to Tacoma, Washington, France, Wyoming, California, Montana and Texas to film Brannaman. The result  is the documentary Buck, which follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A richly textured and visually stunning film, Buck is an inspirational story, whether or not you live and work with horses.

Buck was an Official Selection and won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, won the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and took home the 2011 award for Best Documentary at the Crossroads Film Festival.

Cindy is currently in development on a new documentary project. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, writer Brian Meehl, 2 daughters, 4 dogs and 2 horses.

1. What is your hometown?

Grew up in Jackson, MS and now live in Redding, CT

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Nora Charles from the Thin Man Series, I just love her!

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

It’s between Diane Lane or Meryl Streep (she can play anyone!)

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Jean-Michel Basquiat is my favorite artist. I love the complex raw energy of his work. I find it impossible to choose one as I flip through one of the comprehensive volumes of his work. My heart races with adrenaline just looking at a picture of this intensely layered, frenetic and cerebral work. I love them all, and many of my favorites are untitled, but here are a few that speak to me for this moment; tomorrow, perhaps, I would pick others… “Profit,” “Boy with Dog,” “Brown Spots (Portrait of Andy Warhol as a Banana),” all the self portraits, “Untitled (Red dog with black background).” They all inspire me!

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I recommend, “I Wake Up Screening” by John Anderson and Laura Kim. Currently reading the galley for “Suck it Up and Die” which is the sequel to my husband Brian Meehl‘s book “Suck it Up”

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Eddie Vedder “Guaranteed”

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Recently I was in a hotel room and caught “The Green Mile” with Tom Hanks. I was sobbing.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Dog person.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth most of the time, sometimes I’d go with kindness.

10. How do you define sin?

Knowingly doing the wrong thing.

11. How do you define virtue?

Choosing to rise above and putting others above yourself.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?


on simple arched top granite OR an upside down horseshoe (in granite)!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol D. permalink
    August 7, 2011 07:31

    Thank You for this look at Mr. Brannaman. He teaches us how to love animals and people. He’s a role model for rising above cruelty to deeply connect in a positive way to the souls of other beings. I wish for everyone to see your film!


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