Super Soul Sunday
Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT
Posted: Sun 08/26/2012 03:00 PM
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a small movie with a big impact. The film follows a dying father trying to prepare his 6-year-old daughter, Hushpuppy, for life without him in their islaoted bayou community. When a storm turns her world upside down, Hushpuppy faces unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions head-on. Starring regular people with no previous acting experience and produced on a small budget, the film was a true labor of love for director Benh Zeitlin.
Oprah says she first heard about the movie from President Barack Obama. "I was interviewing the President for an interview that's going to be upcoming in O magazine. And as I sat down putting on my microphone, he said, 'Have you seen this movie Beasts of the Southern Wild?" Oprah says. "I'd never heard the phrase, so I didn't even know what he was talking about."
After hearing about the film from about a dozen other people, Oprah says she watched it herself. "All I can tell you is that I've never seen anything like it. Anybody who knows me knows that when I see something or read something or find something that I love, I just want to tell everybody possible," she says. "Beasts of the Southern Wild is emotional. It is spiritual. It is magical realism brought to the screen. It is truly a work of art. I was so inspired by this movie on a profound level. It's everything we talk about on 'Super Soul Sunday.'"
Now, for the first time on "Super Soul Sunday", Oprah sits down with the director and the cast of a movie. Watch parts of her conversation with director Benh Zeitlin, actor Dwight Henry and actress Quvenzhanée Wallis below.
Watch as Benh explains why he relates to the Hushpuppy character, what his intention behind the film is and why he believes we are all small pieces of a big, big universe:
Dwight, who plays Wink in the film, was discovered after producers took a liking to the donuts he serves in his New Orleans bakery. Watch as he opens up about how he went from baker to leading man:
Posted: Fri 08/24/2012 12:00 PM
Want to start planning but aren't sure were to start? You can plan the entire party in six simple steps. Here's how:
1. See the film if you haven't already. Find a screening near you!
2. Decide where you want to host your viewing party and who you want to invite.
Big or small—public or private—viewing parties can be anything you make of them. Invite your friends to a local brunch spot with a television and let someone else do the cooking while you watch. Or have a few friends over and whip up a few new recipes to snack on.
3. Invite your friends.
Create an invitation. (You can send it to your friends over email, on Facebook or on Twitter!)
4. Plan your menu.
Get creative. The film's leading man was discovered after producers fell in love with the donuts at his bakery, so host a donut tasting in honor of Dwight Henry! Or serve up a soulful Southern-style brunch. Whatever you have a taste for, we've got plenty of ideas to get you started. Get our Beasts of the Southern Wild recipe guide.
Nature plays a large role in the film. If you're hosting at home, serve refreshments outside. Once you head inside for the show, have plenty of pillows and throw blankets at the ready for your guests and bring the outside in with plenty of greenery. At a restaurant? See if your establishment will let you bring in burlap tablecloths, vases of wildflowers and drape strings of lights from the ceiling to bring nature in and create a cozy, family dinner-style feel. Bonus points if they serve your drinks in mason jars. And no matter where you're hosting, a Beasts of the Southern Wild poster is a must. Download two versions here!
6. Watch and discuss.
Even if you don't get OWN, you can watch "Super Soul Sunday" from anywhere in the world. Log on to Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday to watch our worldwide simulcast at 11 a.m. ET/PT.
During commercial breaks, go around the room and have each person share her favorite quote. At the end of the show, open up the forum and talk about the most memorable moments, the aha! moments you might have had and how you can use your small part in our big, big universe to its fullest potential. Have friends who live too far away to attend your event? Share your thoughts with them on Twitter (#SuperSoulSunday) and keep the conversation going!
Posted: Fri 08/24/2012 11:16 AM
This Sunday, Oprah is interviewing the director and stars of her new favorite movie—Beasts of the Southern Wild. Celebrate the film Oprah calls a "work of art" with a "Super Soul Sunday" viewing party! Not sure what to serve? We've got some recipes to get you started below. (And don't forget to check out a recipe booklet from the filmmakers! Click here to download.)
Oprah's Scrambled Eggs
Oprah's Corn Fritters
Peach Pancakes with Ginger Syrup
Cornmeal Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup
Lemon Pecan Pancakes
Cheddar Grits with House Made Sausage
Sweet Potato Biscuits
31 more brunch recipes
SOUTHERN-INSPIRED CROWD PLEASERS
Buster Crab, Lettuce and Tomato Po'boy
Baby Crab Cakes
Chilled Oysters with Watermelon Mignonette
Artichoke and Oyster Mushroom Rockefeller
Fried Green Tomato BLT
5 more soul food favorites
Strawberry-Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts
Cherry-Ricotta Doughnut Holes with Chocolate Sauce
Doughnut Hole Cake Pops
Coffee-Glazed Doughnut Holes
Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich
MORE SWEET STUFF
Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
Gâteau de Bayou with Toasted Salty Caramel Meringue
Fox Sweet Tea
Honey Rosemary Lemonade
Posted: Fri 08/24/2012 10:45 AM
I remember after a bunch of Court 13 members did a talk at Cannes, John Cooper from Sundance had to sum up the overriding lesson of our experience. He said "Friendship works", which I thought was a perfect way to put it.
Our entire team, from the actors to the caterers, have always been made up of friends and family. I've always felt that the qualities you look for in a friend are the same qualities you look for in a crew member or an actor—honesty, bravery, wisdom, sweetness, sense of humor. Sometimes you don't know these people yet, and you have to search.
Whenever we bring someone into our film, whatever their job is, we're inviting them to our table. This is not a kingly round table. It's a loud, laughing, eat-with-your-hands kind of table. And everyone that sits at it has to be a friend, because in the end, the movie is going to take on the personality of that table. But, more importantly, your life is going to get lived at that table, so it better be a good one.
We tried to build that culture into every one of our short films. When we went South for Beasts, traveling all the way down the bayou (home of the best dinner tables on earth) we really found a soulmate in the communities at the end of the road. Their spirit elevated the meaning of community for me and brought it from being a mantra about grassroots art to being a life philosophy around which to build the epic of Hushpuppy and the Bathtub.
The people of Isle de Jean Charles, Pointe Aux Chenes, and Montegut have been knocked down and picked themselves back up so many times that they truly know what's important. There's a real knowledge that everything you've got—every commodity, every dollar, even the ground beneath your feet—can just go away. And what's going to be left is nature (plants, animals, land, water...) and what's invisible—friendships, families, ancestors, communities, culture.
I don't know if I could have told you this when we started shooting, but I learned through making the film that Hushpuppy's journey is a process of internalizing all those things, finding her place amongst them, and finding a wisdom and a peace that makes her as fearless and resilient as those last towns standing strong on the edge of America. It's amazing, these days, whenever I lose my way, I feel like I've got Hushpuppy on my shoulder telling me how to think right, and how to do the right thing. I hope she can be that angel for a lot more people as well.
Thanks for inviting us to your table, and for all those reading this, welcome to ours!
Want to see the film before "Super Soul Sunday" this week? Visit BeastsoftheSouthernWild.com for showtimes near you. Then, watch Oprah's interview with the Benh and stars of the movie on "Super Soul Sunday" August 26 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. You can also watch from anywhere in the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
Posted: Thu 08/23/2012 02:10 PM
Oprah was just about to sit down for an interview with President Barack Obama when he asked if she had seen a new film—Beasts of the Southern Wild. Watch as Oprah reflects on the president's movie pick and reveals why she wants to share it with the world on "Super Soul Sunday."
Watch Oprah's interview with Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin and stars Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis on "Super Soul Sunday" August 26 on OWN. Plus, you can watch from anywhere in the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT.