Co-presented by the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television and The Loft Cinema
Join us for a special screening of the 2012 Oscar-nominated drama, Beasts of the Southern Wild, featuring a post-film Skype Q&A with producer Dan Janvey, whose other film producing credits include Heart of a Dog, Patti Cake$ and Brimstone & Glory!
“Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while.” – Christy Lemire, Associated Press
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (the extraordinary Quvenzhané Wallis, making her film debut) 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. This imaginative, fantastical and visually striking drama, the debut feature film from director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay. (Dir. by Benh Zeitlin, 2012, 93 mins., Rated PG-13, Fox Searchlight)
Dan Janvey is a NYC manager/producer with Untitled Entertainment who has been at the center of many of the most successful and challenging independent film productions of the last six years. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 for the runaway indie hit Beasts of the Southern Wild, and followed this up with such notable narrative films as the Cannes Film Festival selection Meditteranea (2015) and the major theatrical release, Patti Cake$ (2017). His work as a documentary producer has also been prolific, including Tchoupitoulas (2012, Emerging Artist Award from HotDocs), the Laurie Anderson-directed Heart of a Dog (2015), the Sundance selection Western (2015), the ESPN 30 for 30 film, Hit it Hard (2016), and the award-winning Brimstone & Glory (2017). He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and has won the Sundance Creative Producing prize.
Closed Captions and Audio Description Available.