Benh Zeitlin


WRITER/DIRECTOR/COMPOSER: Beasts of the Southern Wild


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 order 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.



BENH ZEITLIN is a filmmaker, composer, animator and founding member of Court 13. His award-winning shorts include EGG, ORIGINS OF ELECTRICITY, I GET WET, and GLORY AT SEA. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a pack of wild animals.