Greetings Court 13 Nation! Found this article a while back and thought all Beasts faithful would want to see it. Buster Almaraz was a background actor and mainstay of Beasts marine operations. He got into acting after he lost his wife to cancer several years back, and his performance in the film is a tribute to her memory. Check out the moving article about how working on Beasts helped him deal with his loss.
The good folks who support invaluable New York institution Rooftop Films got to hear Benh and David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) share their filmmaking secrets high above Manhattan at the Rooftop Films fundraiser last night!
Rooftop, which has both granted and screened the Court 13 canon for the last 6 years and counting, continued their unwavering support by endowing the in-preproduction feature version of Jonas Carpignano’s short “A Chjana” with a grant this year.
Benh talked about the folk tales that inspired Beasts, from classics like Huck Finn and Davy Crockett to Indiana Jones and Batman; about trying to craft a new mythology when creating “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
And Benh’s note for filmmakers thinking of moving from shorts to features: “Making a short film is like wrestling your friends in the back yard, and a feature film is like leading the invasion in Normandy.”
Big thanks to everyone who came out to Celebrate Brooklyn last night and MASS MoCA on Saturday!
Dan, Benh, and the Worldless Music Orchestra transported everyone to the Bathtub with their amazing performance of the Beasts score, and in Prospect Park, Slavic Soul Party brought fiery Balkan brass, while Quvenzhane dropped by to warm up the orchestra (and our hearts!).
The Bathtub has more holidays than the rest of the world, but turns out Brooklyn really knows how to beast it:
And a glimpse of Beasts Live at MASS MoCA on Saturday!
Check out the rest of the pictures/videos on the C13 Instagram!
More exciting news for East Coast Beasts!
Announcing a second screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild LIVE!
MASS MoCA, in North Adams, MA, hosts the festivities, this Saturday, August 10, at 8:30 P.M. Tickets $15 in advance/$19 day of.
Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer, and the Worldless Music Orchestra will be playing the score live to a new music-less print of the film. Check out the MASS MoCA website for more info.
And a reminder for Beasts of the Big Apple: Beasts of the Southern Wild LIVE comes to Prospect Park on Thursday, August 8 at 8:00 P.M. Free! More info on the Celebrate Brooklyn Website.