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The Making of Beasts of the Southern Wild
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:
Why Dwight finally said yes to starring in the film. Plus, watch to see how his own experience during Hurricane Katrina prepared him for the role:
She's a force to be reckoned with on screen and she's only 8-years-old. Meet Quvenzhané Wallis, the girl who beat out 4,000 hopefuls for the role of Hushpuppy. Plus, watch to find out how she got to cast her own on-screen father:
Would Quvenzhané be friends with Hushpuppy in real life? Her frank answer: