PRESS ADVISORY: CAP to Screen and Discuss ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ with Academy Award Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Director/Co-Writer, Producers

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Washington D.C. — On Sunday, February 10, 2013, the Center for American Progress’s Reel Progress film series will host a screening of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Oscar-nominated director/writer, producers, and breakout star, nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. Nominated for four Academy Awards—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay—”Beasts of the Southern Wild” has been hailed as one of the top films of the year, one whose fantastical setting is not all that far from reality.

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.


Introductory remarks:
Daniella Gibbs Léger, Vice President, American Values and New Communities, Center for American Progress

Academy Award-nominated panelists:
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Hushpuppy”
Benh Zeitlin, Director and Co-Writer
Dan Janvey, Producer
Josh Penn, Producer
Michael Gottwald, Producer

Michele Norris, Host/Special Correspondent, NPR


February 10, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.


Landmark E Street Cinema
E Street between 10th and 11th Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
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