Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • 6:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
The documentary “Buck” (88 min.) follows 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. A real life “horse-whisperer,” he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with 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. This documentary by director Cindy Meehl was shown at the True/False Film Fest in 2011.
We recently added Buck to the DBRL collection. The film played at the 2011 True False Film Fest and currently has a rating of 88% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
A richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Buck 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.
Based on authentic historical records, this gives a chilling account of the disaster that befell one small town in Wisconsin in the 1890′s. Black River Falls seems gripped by a peculiar madness, and its weekly newspaper is full of bizarre stories of violent death and wildly eccentric behavior. As epidemics decimate the infant population and the local economy collapses, the townsfolk are haunted by ghosts, possessed by demons, and terrorized by a cocaine-snorting, window-smashing madwoman.
We recently added Freakonomics to the DBRL collection. The movie, based on the bestselling book, played at Jesse Auditorium in October with producer and Mizzou alumni Chad Troutwine in attendance. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
The highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by renowned economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years.