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Benh Zeitlin, director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," who grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson meets with Newsday Westchester to discuss the success of his film at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan. (Jan. 8, 2013)

Benh Zeitlin and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

"Beasts of the Southern Wild," released in June 2012, is a film directed by Hastings-on-Hudson High graduate Benh Zeitlin. The movie has won major awards at Cannes and Sundance and is up for more honors heading into awards season.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, welcoming middle and high school students taking part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild." From left are Benh Zeitlin, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis and Rachel Goslins. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Former Hastings resident Benh Zeitlin, pictured here at
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Former Hastings resident Benh Zeitlin, pictured here at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan, directed "Beasts of the Southern Wild," a film released in June 2012. The movie has won major awards at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals and is vying for more recognition this awards season. (Jan. 8, 2013)

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Director Behn Zeitlin and actress Quvenzhane Wallis on the set of "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The 9-year-old actress, who has received industry buzz for her portrayal of Hushpuppy, a young girl who lives with her father in a fantastical bayou community, had no prior acting experience.

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Benh Zeitlin has had a whirlwind year, traveling
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Benh Zeitlin has had a whirlwind year, traveling the world promoting "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and winning major prizes along the way. The 30-year-old, a former Hastings resident, also co-wrote the film's screenplay. He is pictured here at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan. (Jan. 8, 2013)

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"Break Through Performance" winner Quvenzhane Wallis, left, and "Best Directorial Debut" winner Benh Zeitlin, attend the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. (Jan. 8, 2013)

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Benh Zeitlin, the director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," grew up in Hastings. He's pictured here at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan. (Jan. 8, 2013)

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy, left, and Dwight Henry
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Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy, left, and Dwight Henry as Wink, right, in a scene from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Prior to this movie, neither had any acting experience.

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Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, who directed "Beasts of the Southern Wild," attends the IFP's 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street. (Nov. 26, 2012)

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An image from "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which was shot on location in New Orleans and release in June of 2012.

Quvenzhané Wallis, winner of the New Hollywood Award,
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Quvenzhané Wallis, winner of the New Hollywood Award, poses with Susan Sarandon during the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Wallis stars in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," a film directed by Hastings High graduate Benh Zeitlin. (Oct. 22, 2012 )

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Director Benh Zeitlin and actress Quvenzhane Wallis attend the "Beasts of the Southern Wild" premiere during the 56th BFI London Film Festival in London, England. (Oct. 12, 2012)

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A movie still from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" shows 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy.

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy on the set of
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Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy on the set of "Beasts of the Sourthern Wild."

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A movie still from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" shows 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy with Dwight Henry as her father.

Benh Zeitlin, director of
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Benh Zeitlin, director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," who grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson meets with Newsday Westchester to discuss the success of his film at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan. (Jan. 8, 2013)

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