Beasts of the Southern Wild Wordless Music Orchestra - Saenger Theatre

WORDLESS MUSIC is pleased to announce a rare screening of Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild accompanied by a live film score performed by co-composers Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted by Ryan McAdams. Together, the group performs the original score to a new, music-less print of the film that has been created for the occasion. This very special performance takes place Saturday, October 10 at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown New Orleans.

A magical realist fable, set outside of New Orleans, Beasts of the Southern Wild was the most celebrated independent film of 2012, winning over 75 awards internationally (including top prizes at Cannes and Sundance), along with four Oscar nominations for Best Picture, a Best Director nomination for Benh Zeitlin, and a Best Actress nomination for Quvenzhane Wallis (Hushpuppy). The New York Times has called the film “a passionate and unruly explosion of Americana.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of survival, heartbreak, humanity, and community told through the eyes of six-year-old ingenue, Hushpuppy. Residing with her father in the Bathtub, a small isolated community on an island off the coast of Louisiana, Hushpuppy is constantly forced to confront the harsh realities of poverty, environmental collapse, and her father’s failing health. Together, she and her father face many challenges, including the impending storm that threatens to drown the Bathtub. Through it all, Hushpuppy’s fierce bravery and vivid imagination help carry her through these seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

“To say we are honored to bring this show down to New Orleans would be a ridiculous understatement,” says Wordless Music. It’s hard to improve on Roger Ebert’s words: “Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you’ve never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius.”

For more information and tickets, click here.

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