Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild, an award-winner at Cannes and Sundance, directed by Benh Zeitlin ’04 and produced by Dan Janvey ’06 and Michael Gottwald ’06 continues to collect further prestigious independent film awards and nominations.
At the IFP Gotham Film Awards, Benh Zeitlin ’04 received the award for breakthrough director for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was produced by Dan Janvey ’06 and Michael Gottwald ’06 and included work by a total of 33 Wesleyan alumni. Additionally, Zeitlin received the inaugural Bingham Ray Award, which honors the independent filmmaker who died earlier this year. The Hollywood Reporter quoted Zeitlin as saying, “It feels like you’re on the yellow brick road sometimes,” after his win.
The 22nd Gotham awards were held Monday night, Nov. 26, in New York.
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Beasts earned nominations in four categories for the Spirit Awards—best feature, best director, best cinematorgraphy, and best female lead. Each category included only four other nominations.
Winners of the Spirit Awards will be announced Feb. 23, 2013.
Image: Dan Janvey ’06, Jeanine Basinger, Benh Zeitlin ’04. Photo by Cynthia E. Rockwell.
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