Making of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
A car crash left Benh Zeitlin laid up long enough to co-write his first feature, whose stars include a New Orleans baker and an enchanting child found among 4,000 girls.
In early 2010, just weeks before writer-director Benh Zeitlin was to start shooting his first feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, his pickup truck burst into flames. "It was a blue Chevy that I got for $500, and it was basically dead when I bought it, but we'd jerry-rigged it into functionality and driven from New Orleans to Montegut, Louisiana, where we set up offices in this abandoned gas station," recalls Zeitlin, 30. "My sister walked out of the truck, and then there was black smoke coming from the hood and this huge explosion."
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