‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Will Screen at the Saenger Accompanied by a Live Orchestra on Oct. 10

by Arthur Vandelay on September 16, 2015


The Best Picture-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild features a fantastic score. And soon, you’ll be able to hear it performed live during a special screening of the film at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans. Here’s the press release with all of the details.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 16, 2015) – 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 historicSaenger 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 Quvenzhané Wallis (Hushpuppy). The New York Times has called the film “a passionate and unruly explosion of Americana.” Roger Ebert said: “Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you’ve never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of survival, heartbreak, humanity, and community told through the eyes of six-year-old ingénue, 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.

Listings Information

Who: Beasts of the Southern Wild screening + live film score with orchestra by Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer, Lost Bayou Ramblers, & Wordless Music Orchestra (Ryan McAdams, conductor)

Where: Saenger Theatre (1111 Canal Street, New Orleans)

When: Saturday, October 10, 8:00 P.M. (doors open at 7:00 P.M.)

Tickets: $24 / $34 / $44 / $54 / $64  (no ticket fees at Saenger Theater box office)

More information: www.wordlessmusic.org