Benh Zeitlin

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  • Birth Name: Benjamin Harold Zeitlin
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Director, Writer
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Fast Facts

  • Parents are cofounders of City Lore, a non-profit group that works to protect the urban history of New York City.
  • While filming his senior thesis project at Wesleyan University, cofounded Court 13, an independent collection of filmmakers, named for the abandoned squash court they used for filming.
  • Directed his first short film, Glory at Sea, in 2008.
  • Began writing Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) while recovering from a car accident that left him with a broken pelvis.

Awards

  • 2010, Sundance Film Festival — Sundance / NHK International Filmmakers Awards: Winner
  • 2012, Cannes Film Festival — Caméra d'Or: Winner
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2012, Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee

Relationships

  • Eliza — Sister
  • Amanda Dargan — Mother
  • Steven Zeitlin — Father

College

  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States (2004)

Details

  • Birth Name: Benjamin Harold Zeitlin
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Director, Writer