Buffalo Dreams

Buffalo Dreams is a 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by David Jackson.

Buffalo Dreams
Film poster
Written byMarjorie Schwartz Nielsen
Directed byDavid Jackson
StarringReiley McClendon
Simon R. Baker
Theme music composerRamin Djawadi
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersLinda Berman
John Cosgrove
Terry Dunn Meurer
CinematographyDenis Maloney
Running time90 minutes
Production companyCosgrove Meurer Productions
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Budget$5 million
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseMarch 11, 2005 (2005-03-11)


Set against the backdrop of New Mexico, the film follows a boy, Josh Townsend, who moves because of his father's job and becomes involved with a group of teens attempting to preserve the buffalo and Navajo traditions. Along the way he makes friends and learns important lessons about life. The movie teaches about a few Navajo traditions. Josh eventually enters a race against his rival and proves to be the better of the two; however, he quits the race after seeing the buffalo herd stampeding. Josh quickly gathers his friends to save the town, and while his rival refuses to help, his friends do. Together, they herd the buffalo away from the town and back onto their preserve. During the process, Josh's friend Thomas Blackhorse falls in front of a buffalo, but is saved by his sister who finally speaks for the first time in years to help calm the buffalo. Josh and his friends are hailed as heroes by the town and in recognition of his bravery, Josh is made an honorary member of the Navajo tribe with the name Rides With the Wind. He and Thomas, who he had trouble getting along with before, make a pact to keep the buffalo safe together.


The film was shot in 2004 on location in Utah.



In 2006 the film was nominated for two awards The Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for David S. Jackson and Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actress for Tessa Vonn.


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