Benh Zeitlin

Armed with a storytelling ability engendered by his folklorist parents and a wonderful visual sense, director Benh Zeitlin became interested in movies from an early age and set about creating a career for himself in the ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1982 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (1)

Mediterranea 2015 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (1)

Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Armed with a storytelling ability engendered by his folklorist parents and a wonderful visual sense, director Benh Zeitlin became interested in movies from an early age and set about creating a career for himself in the world of filmmaking. Learning the essentials through his work with the Court 13 collective of young film enthusiasts, Zeitlin further embellished his cinematic knowledge via courses offered by the Sundance Institute. His debut feature, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012), was hailed as one of the most astonishing, audacious and imaginative debut efforts in some time, presenting a compelling look at a group of impoverished, but proud and self-sufficient people doing what they have to in order to survive an increasingly inhospitable environment. In addition to its intoxicating use of Louisiana locations, Zeitlin made the intriguing creative choice to infuse the picture with elements of magic realism, making for a truly unique environment and feel. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" marked Zeitlin as one of the most promising figures in American independent filmmaking and his accomplishments on that grass roots production demonstrated that he possessed the degree of imagination and verve for more such enterprises in the future.

EDUCATION

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut

Milestones

2012

Feature length writing and directorial debut, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; film adapted from Lucy Alibar's stage play "Juicy and Delicious"

2008

Moved to New Orleans, LA while making short film "Glory at Sea"

2005

Directed short film "Egg"

2004

Co-founded Court 13, an independent collection of filmmakers, named after a Wesleyan University squash court he and his friends used as a filming site

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