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From the Heart Yoga Center launches documentary film series

Community Fundraising Film Fest opens with award-winning story of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman
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From the Heart Community Fundraising Film Fest

Wednesday, January 18

7:15 p.m.

2011 documentary film, "Buck"

From the Heart Yoga Center

714 Wealthy Street SE

Suggested minimum donation: $5.00


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East Hills' From the Heart Yoga Center premieres a film series this Wednesday, January 18, at 7:15 p.m., offering a variety of documentaries to raise awareness of, and support for, causes related to the films' subjects. 

Co-owners Behnje Masson and Rick Powell say they see their business not simply as a yoga studio, but a center of community meant to draw together people with a shared passion for personal and collective betterment. To serve that ethos, each film in the new series will be paired with a charity receiving proceeds from the Center's public screenings. 

The first showing out of the gate is 2011's Bucka critically acclaimed exploration of the life and philosophy of equine trainer Buck Brannaman. Brannaman is the real-life inspiration for Robert Redford's 1998 box-office success The Horse Whisperer, serving as principal consultant on the saga of a man with an exceptional sensitivity to the great animals. That advisory role and semi-fictional portrayal raised Buck's profile both within the equine world and among the general public.

The subsequent buzz around this master of natural horsemanship eventually caught the attention of novice filmmaker Cindy Meehl. Received as a compelling portrait of the man and the power of his non-violent methods, Buck won Meehl a documentary award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Critic John DeFore wrote in the Washington Post that Buck is "one of those rare documentaries whose subject is so inherently fascinating that a fictional character could hardly compete." NPR's David Edelstein concurred, calling the piece "a shambling yet uncannily beautiful documentary."

As for Brannaman, he describes his work as being about "helping horses with people problems... your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes you might."

Suggested minimum donation for the film is $5.00. Proceeds go to Horses Haven, a non-profit based in Howell, Michigan dedicated to the humane treatment and welfare of horses and other large animals. 



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