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1 is a compound that, from towas the only leprosy hospital on the U. The Confrontation - Dan Romer And Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Music From The Motion mass in the Louisiana sky as the year-old filmmaker roams the long masonry arcades with Mr.
Pete describes the stigma of the disease—his own hands are clawed—and the bitter pain of ostracism and isolation. Snatched from their homes, some sufferers arrived in hearses; others, sealed boxcars. Some came in handcuffs, even leg irons. Zeitlin listens to him with compassion and sympathy. Essentially, an extreme example of what happens at the evacuation center in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Unruly, unbound by studios or the usual Hollywood conventions, this paean to childhood perception and human resilience exists in its own hermetically sealed world, physically and metaphorically.
By ignoring received wisdom and gambling on his own powers of invention, he offered further proof that innovation is about breaking rules. Pitched between realism and folktale, the plot of Beasts involves the inhabitants of a damp, squalid bayou enclave—the Bathtub—beyond the levees that keep the delta dry.
The locals are under siege from a hurricane and a government determined to pry them from their homesteads and relocate them to an emergency shelter. The film has The Confrontation - Dan Romer And Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Music From The Motion the adoration of critics, who tend to sprinkle on superlatives like an Italian waiter working a pepper mill. When not warming up cat food for dinner—lighting the stove Janet Jackson - When I Think Of You (VHS) a blowtorch!
Alone in her tumbledown trailer, Hushpuppy ponders the nature of time and her place in the cosmos. Her fervent imagination fills the screen with magic, from the motes glowing in the air to visions of aurochs, fearsome prehistoric behemoths that will Out Of Left Field - Percy Sledge - It Tears Me Up: The Best Of the earth as ice caps melt.
Zeitlin auditioned several thousand Gulf Coast girls for the role of Hushpuppy, initially conceived as age 9 to Though Wallis had never acted before, she handled direction and her director like an old pro.
I just need a little more subtlety. Come on! Gimme a kid word! By reimagining the project to accommodate a kindergartner, Zeitlin completed a kind of counterintuitive directing trifecta.
Perhaps not coincidentally, all three elements are integral to Beasts. Most movies are designed to maximize order and structure. But if you come into a production with a preordained vision of how everything is going to be, you risk squeezing out spontaneity and ending up with this sanitized thing.
I see my role as guiding the ship without controlling it too tightly, discovering the film by making it. He strove for authenticity, paring the emerging possibilities until emotional resonance found its way onto the screen. They had met around age 14 when both won a playwriting contest. The aurochs came out of the red Georgia clay, grits fell from the sky, and Hushpuppy came into a grace and understanding that I was struggling to reach. During marathon sessions in a Brooklyn recording studio, Zeitlin—who polished his musical chops in the high-school grunge band Sorry Porky—and Romer would toss lateral riffs back and forth like footballs.
He was born and raised in New York City, where his favorite spot was the pinnacle of the Cyclone, the historic wooden roller coaster in Coney Island. He still makes a point of taking the white-knuckle ride every time he visits the city.
He and Eliza misspent much of their youth in Coney Island. Their parents, folk arts scholars Steven Zeitlin and Amanda Dargan, would bring them along while collecting oral histories at the amusement park. Biggest of all were his father and mother, who oversee City Lore, a non-profit cultural-heritage center in Manhattan.
Longtime advocates for the dispossessed, they taught him to look for beauty in the tales and characters at the interstices of contemporary life. As a staff folklorist for the Smithsonian, Steven had once recreated an old-time traveling medicine show for a film shoot in Bailey, North Carolina. Later, young Benh and his sister staged puppet shows and made home movies.
In his first film project—made with a friend at age 5—he played Superman. His entire family pitched in on the production. Scores of relatives would gather for a day of sack races, skeet shooting and storytelling picnics. Eventually, on the advice of a summer camp counselor, Zeitlin enrolled in the film program at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
He and a bunch of like-minded classmates formed Court 13, a collective named after the abandoned squash court it commandeered.
Limitations are motivating forces for us. We love to bust through challenges. It was on the Court 13 soundstage that Zeitlin mounted the stop-motion animation for Egg, his senior thesis project for cinema studies. After graduation, Zeitlin spent time in the Czech Republic and apprenticed under animators working with Jan Svankmajer, a surrealist renowned for using familiar, unremarkable objects for deeply disquieting ends.
During the summer ofZeitlin more or less lived on a park bench in Prague, trying and failing to find the right place to shoot a short film about two lovers—one above the water and one below. He hoped to shoot this soggy saga on a Greek island.
But while following the devastating path of Hurricane Katrina on his cellphone, Adagio - Kaja Danczowska, Maja Nosowska, Johannes Brahms - Two Sonatas had a Eureka moment: He would tie the story to the storm. So he and his Court 13 cohorts made their way to New Orleans to make Glory at Seaa heartfelt fantasy about a group of mourners who build a raft out of debris and rescue their loved ones trapped beneath the waves.
Glory premiered The Confrontation - Dan Romer And Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Music From The Motion the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, but Zeitlin never got to the screening. The car in which he was a passenger was rear-ended by a drunk driver, shattering his hip and pelvis.
While making Def Tech - Bone CrusherZeitlin took field trips to the marshes at the bottom of the delta. In that film, set on an abandoned Caribbean island, a native man chooses to stay put in the face of a looming volcanic eruption. After his visit, Zeitlin resolved to spin a yarn about holdouts. The huge emotional response to Beasts has not gone unnoticed by movie studios, whose overtures to Zeitlin and his collective have so far been held at bay.
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