Benh Zeitlin

by Katherine Yaksich

Once There Was a Hushpuppy composed by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin for the film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. This is my favorite song from the soundtrack and I highly recommend purchasing the entire album which you can do from here. by Katherine Yaksich

I HIGHLY recommend purchasing the Beasts of the Southern Wild soundtrack. I just listened to the entire album 7 or 8 times straight on my drive upstate and back to the city today. It’s now my favorite soundtrack. It was also composed by Benh Zeitlin, the director of the film.

by Katherine Yaksich

If you enjoyed Beasts of the Southern Wild, check out Benh Zeitlin’s short film, Glory at Sea, which landed him 1.3 million from Cinereach to make Beasts (Zeitlin estimates it would have cost 10-14 million if shot conventionally).

As for being privileged, Zeitlin isn’t quite a trust-funder. His parents help run the New York nonprofit City Lore, dedicated to preserving modern folklore, which fueled his interest in traditional bayou culture. To shoot his pre-Beastsshort film, 2008’s Glory at Sea, he moved to New Orleans nine months after Katrina and maxed out his credit cards to the tune of $37,000. He was able to get out of debt thanks to an insurance payout that came after a drunk driver hit his car on the way to Glory’s South by Southwest premiere. (He won an award; his friends brought it to him in the hospital.)  Check out this article for more info: How Beasts of the Southern Wild (and Its 8-Year-Old Star) Became a Film-Fest Phenomenon.

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How Beasts of the Southern Wild (and Its 8-Year-Old Star) Became a Film-Fest Phenomenon by Katherine Yaksich

Standing ovations happen every year at the Cannes Film Festival, but rarely are they as long and as loud as the one that erupted following last month’s Cannes premiere of Beasts of the Southern Wild—a low-budget, magical-realist adventure about a little girl and her community struggling for survival on the southernmost edge of Louisiana as a storm rolls in.

All of this was, of course, a bit lost on the film’s star, 8-year-old acting novice Quvenzhané Wallis. (It’s pronounced Kwe-VEN-zhah-nay, and means “fairy” in Swahili, but you can call her Nazie—NAY-zee.) “It felt like I was in a cage!” she says of being in a theater on the French Riviera, surrounded by towering, applauding adults. “It was crazy! They were all looking at me and clapping for seven or ten minutes, just standing up for meeeeee!” Mid-ovation, Beasts director Benh Zeitlin lifted her up, eliciting even louder cheers. “That was fun because the lights were in my eyes, and it was like this”—Wallis squints hard and pretends to go blind. Less fun was the celebratory dinner afterward, when she tried what the menu said was crawfish. “And it was shrimp!” she says, putting her hands on her hips mock-indignantly, then dissolving into giggles.

Click the link at the top for the full article by Jada Yuan.

by Katherine Yaksich

Beasts of the Southern Wild

I can’t wait to see this film

“Among the best films to play at Sundance in two decades… Hauntingly beautiful both visually and in the tenderness it shows towards the characters.” - Manohla Dargis, New York Times