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Buffalo Dreams
Buffalo Dreams poster.jpg
Film poster
Written by Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen
Directed by David Jackson
Starring Reiley McClendon
Simon R. Baker
Theme music composer Ramin Djawadi
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Linda Berman
John Cosgrove
Terry Dunn Meurer
Cinematography Denis Maloney
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Cosgrove Meurer Productions
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Budget $5 million
Original network Disney Channel
Original release March 11, 2005 (2005-03-11)

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


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.


  • Reiley McClendon as Josh Townsend
  • Simon R. Baker as Thomas Blackhorse
  • Graham Greene as John Blackhorse
  • Tessa Vonn as Scout Blackhorse
  • Max Van Ville as Moon
  • Chris Hunter as Kyle
  • Adrienne Bailon as Domino
  • Geraldine Keams as Abuela Rose
  • Christopher Robin Miller as Virgil
  • George Newbern as Dr. Nick Townsend
  • Seth Packard as Wylie
  • Jane Sibbett as Blaine Townsend
  • Justin Stern as Luke
  • Chris White as JG


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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