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The Music of Beasts of the Southern Wild – Rolling Stone Magazine

“[Benh and Dan] have always worked together in that capacity, but Benh’s made film his life, whereas Dan is a music producer by trade,” says Gottwald. “But I think that Benh, having musical experience, when they come together they create something that is the product of both of them.” The director “has a very good…

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‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Soundtrack Hits iTunes Today – IndieWire

A heartrending, magical and extraordinary debut film about a six-year-old girl who leaves her ailing father and Delta-community home in search of her mother (though that feels like just the tip of the iceberg), equally exceptional and particularly striking is the film’s wonderful score. Written by producer/mixer and composer Dan Romer and Zeitlin himself (they also both scored Zeitlin’s acclaimed…

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Beasts of the Southern Wild – Best of New Orleans

“The thing is, all films come from Hollywood or New York,” Zeitlin says. “Even when people come here, they’re using a model invented somewhere else, which is a ridiculous thing. What other art form comes only from two cultures? There needs to be a movement to bring film outside of those places, and to make…

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Review: Emotional ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is extraordinary – Los Angeles Times

[Hushpuppy] is the film’s central narrator and the dialogue the writers have given her reaches a level of poetic balladry that nearly sings of grit and determination. That tone is matched by the music. Composer Dan Romer and Zeitlin collaborated to create a more ethereal Cajun sound, as flavorful and lively as ever, but somehow…

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She’s the Man of This Swamp – New York Times

Played by Quvenzhané Wallis, an untrained sprite who holds the camera’s attention with a charismatic poise that might make grown-up movie stars weep in envy, Hushpuppy is an American original, a rambunctious blend of individualism and fellow feeling. In other words, she is the inheritor of a proud literary and artistic tradition, following along a…

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Untamed, Extraordinary, Exquisite ‘Beasts’ – Wall Street Journal

In this season of serial letdowns, so many movies provoke the same sense of sour bemusement. Why did they ever get made? Didn’t anyone know how bad they were from the start? Then there is “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which provokes wonderment pure and simple. How did it ever get made? Did the people who financed…

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Beasts of the Southern Wild: Welcome to Earth – The Atlantic Wire

“Really a mysterious, modern Whitman poem in film form, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a strange and stirring emotional and spiritual odyssey. When the movie’s score, co-written by Brooklyn-based producer Dan Romer and Zeitlin, really gets going, soaring to orchestral heights as it runs alongside Hushpuppy through this liminal land between heaven and hell, the experience…

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