Friday Video: Beasts of the Southern Wild.

From the film's webpage. Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.

Last week I had this scheduled for the Friday video, but forgot to hit the publish button! But that worked out well because I just found out this morning that this film has been added to the line up of the Little Rock Film Festival!

Here’s the lastest information from the Rock Candy blog:

The Little Rock Film Festival has scored a late coup, adding “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the Sundance Grand Jury prize winner, to its line-up. Set in a mythical Delta community that’s preparing to weather a Katrina-esque storm, the film is a key addition to a festival that’s focused on highlighting the best in Southern film. After winning Sundance and being rapturously received at Cannes, “Beasts” comes to Little Rock as the favorite to win the $10,000 Oxford American Eye on the South prize

To read the whole post from Rock Candy, click here.

Here’s our post from Friday:

Most of the videos we feature here are non-fiction, but today’s film is a narrative-driven film about the power of optimism and imigination in the face of tragedy.  Starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, it also touches on themes of balance and the natural world, echoing images of Katrina.

From the film’s webpage:

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.  Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

Directed by Behn Zeitlin (son of Steven Zeitlin of Citylore),  this film opens in theaters July 5th.