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Caption: Benh Zeitlin, San Francisco, CA 6/5/12, Credit: Andrea Chase
Image by: Andrea Chase 
Benh Zeitlin, San Francisco, CA 6/5/12 

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD -- Director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin

From: Andrea Chase
Series: Behind the Scenes
Length: 12:45

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Benh Zeitlin talks life, death, and ulterior motives.

Beastsbenh_small Benh Zeitlin started life in New York City, but even as a kid, he felt the pull of New Orleans. When the time came to make his first film, a mystical short entitled GLORY AT SEA, no other location would do. Nor would working with any other community for both that film and his feature film debut, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. When I spoke with him on June 5, 2012, the film had already bowled over the press and public at Cannes, and was creating a serious buzz in this country.

I started by asking him about the sound design of the opening sequence, in which heartbeats take center stage, and set the tone and the mood for a film that finds the universal in the particular, and the magical in the way a six-year-old sees the world. 

Piece Description

Benh Zeitlin started life in New York City, but even as a kid, he felt the pull of New Orleans. When the time came to make his first film, a mystical short entitled GLORY AT SEA, no other location would do. Nor would working with any other community for both that film and his feature film debut, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. When I spoke with him on June 5, 2012, the film had already bowled over the press and public at Cannes, and was creating a serious buzz in this country.

I started by asking him about the sound design of the opening sequence, in which heartbeats take center stage, and set the tone and the mood for a film that finds the universal in the particular, and the magical in the way a six-year-old sees the world. 

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Andrea Chase takes you Behind the Scenes of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD with director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a film about the beauty and harshness of nature as seen through the eyes of six-year-old Hushpuppy, a resident of The Bathtub, a tiny community on the watery side of the levee, as she is about to lose her home to a devastating storm, and her only parent, her father, to an unnamed illness. Taking place in the two realities that exist inside and outside of Hushpuppy’s head, the story takes on a mythic quality as it considers the place of humankind in the greater scheme of things while also telling a story of courage and heartbreak that is as universal as it is personal. Zeitlin’s previous work was GLORY AT SEA, a short dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, never named, on a close-knit community of both the quick and the dead. Zeitlin’s previous work includes the short films GLORY AT SEA and THE ORGINS OF ELECTRICITY. He directed from a script that he co-wrote with Lucy Alibar. He also composed much of the music heard in the film.

OUTRO:

Andrea Chase has taken you Behind the Scenes of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD with director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin.