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Cindy Meehl's Buck, a Cedar Creek Productions documentary about the amazing, revolutionary, almost spiritual horse trainer Buck Brannaman, made the Oscar shortlist and Roger Ebert's list of the Best Documentaries of 2011. Meehl tells The Hollywood Reporter how she made a hit her first time in the director's saddle. THR: Brannaman inspired the novel and the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, and Robert Redford explains in your film how as a consultant, Brannaman helped him nail some of the trickiest scenes in his movie -- including a sensitive scene with a horse that did great things for young Scarlett Johansson's career.

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