Buck Brannaman and Tom Brokaw at Rue 57 in New York. Photo by Ryan McCune/Patrick McMullan.
Manhattan’s film party scene’s been a dry zone of late (thanks Cannes). Thankfully this week brought two notable events to the Big Apple: the New York premieres of Woody Allen’s ode to the city of lights “Midnight in Paris,” and Cindy Meehl’s Sundance approved doc “Buck.”
Despite “Midnight in Paris” being the starrier event of the two, I opted to check out “Buck,” which doesn’t hit theaters till June 17th. The doc tracks the life of Buck Brannaman, a mega successful real-life “horse-whisperer” who suffered terrible abuse as a child. Confirmed for the night were the evening’s hosts Tom and Meredith Brokaw, along with Meehl and Buck himself.
Tom, looking 50 not 71, introduced the man of the hour to the room as his good friend. Turns out Buck helped train some of Meridith’s horses and the three of them became close ever since. Buck was on hand with Meehl for a short Q&A with the audience. The cowboy opened up with a long-winded story, as per Tom’s request, that had a killer of an ending. Suffice to say the joke was in the delivery. It involved some guy who came to Buck for help and insisted on being addressed to as ‘Polak’ (don’t ask).
I met Buck later at the after party as they were doing last call at the bar. The guy’s about as close to the friendly giant as you’re likely to get. Deep voiced, tall, direct, warm and with face that looks like it was carved out of stone, Buck is the type to command attention effortlessly. A true charmer. Just like the film.
Below find more pics from the event:
Buck and Meehl at the Dolby Screening Room participating in the Q&A. Photo by Ryan McCune/Patrick McMullan.
Meredith and Tom Brokaw outside the Dolby Screening Room. Photo by Ryan McCune/Patrick McMullan.