Kudos to the Sundance Winner Benh Zeitlin

The Grand Jury Prize winner of Sundance this year was Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild. While it's easy to be cynical about anything with Sundance "buzz", Zeitlin and his team seem truly deserving of the attention their film is getting. I haven't seen the film, but I did watch the 2008 short Glory at Sea that was a precursor to Beasts. This film is awesome. Hands down, the best short film I can remember seeing. The story is inspired, moving, funny, and downright imaginative. Even though the budget of this short was comparable to the budget of my entire feature, Zeitlin and his team at Court 13 manage capture something truly remarkable (even for such a large-scale short film). Check out the short below to see a terrific display of filmmaking skill paired with a childlike imagination.

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