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Benh Zeitlin

Benh Zeitlin

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Zeitlin was born in Manhattan and raised in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City and then in the suburb of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. His parents are Amanda Dargan and Steve Zeitlin, folklorists and founders of City Lore in New York City. His father is Jewish, and his mother, who is from Darlington, South Carolina, is from a Protestant background.
In 2004, he cofounded the Court 13 independent collection of filmmakers, named after a neglected Wesleyan U. squash court that Zeitlin and his friends used as a filming site. He moved to New Orleans while making his first short film, Glory at Sea, in 2008.
In 2012, his first feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, won the Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. The film went on to earn the Los Angeles Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Seattle International Film Festival's Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director. Zeitlin was also given a Humanitarian Award for his work on the film at the Satellite Awards 2012.
For his directorial work and screenplay in Beasts, Zeitlin continues to collect additional independent film awards and nominations. At the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2012, he won the "Breakthrough Director" award. At the same awards ceremony, Zeitlin received the inaugural Bingham Ray Award, which honors the independent filmmaker who died in 2012. Zeitlin also won a Humanitas Prize (as co-writer/director; shared with Lucy Alibar as co-writer), amongst other awards. He has also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.
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Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin "Death Bed"
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Album: Beasts Of The Southern Wild [Music From The Motion Picture][Featuring Original Score By Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Genre: Film Score Music
Instrumental: Yes
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin "End of the World"
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Album: Beasts Of The Southern Wild [Music From The Motion Picture][Featuring Original Score By Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Genre: Film Score Music
Instrumental: Yes
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin "I Think I Broke Something"
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Album: Beasts Of The Southern Wild [Music From The Motion Picture][Featuring Original Score By Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Genre: Film Score Music
Instrumental: Yes
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin "Momma's Song"
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Album: Beasts Of The Southern Wild [Music From The Motion Picture][Featuring Original Score By Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Genre: Jazz
Instrumental: Yes
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