Benh Zeitlin at Sundance
Benh Zeitlin at Sundance

What a year it's been for Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The indie has received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Addapted Screenplay.

I grabbed the director back where it all started, at Sundance last January. We talk about his runaway festival hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild," picked up by Fox Searchlight and winner of the fest's Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. The film also played in Un Certain Regard at Cannes (where it won the FIPRESCI and Golden Camera prizes) and won both the LAFF Audience Award and Seattle's Best Director and Graham Leggat Awards. The film played well in theaters beginning last June after receiving a slew of rave reviews. Needless to say, Zeitlin is smart as a tack. In the video interview below, he explains how this New Orleans dystopian adventure came to be.