The highly acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild opens Friday, July 27, at the Belcourt Theatre with co-producer and Nashville native Matthew Parker and New Orleans baker-turned-actor Dwight Henry, who plays Wink in the film, in attendance, it was announced this week.
Parker and Henry will be there for special post-film Q&A sessions following the 7:45 p.m. screenings on July 27 and 28. Beasts of the Southern Wild exists entirely in its own universe: mythological, anthropological, folkloric and apocalyptic. First-time feature director Benh Zeitlin features a cast of non-actors—reflecting the film’s grassroots production—to fiercely portray the bond between father and daughter in a world where only the strong survive. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival.
Advance tickets are available now on the Belcourt’s website (www.belcourt.org) for the screening events that include the post-film Q&As. Additional screening dates, times and tickets will be available online by Tuesday, July 24.
Henry had no prior acting experience before he was selected to play Wink, the father to six-year-old Hush Puppy. Henry owns and runs the Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Café in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. He is currently working on his second film, Twelve Years A Slave, and expanding his bakery business. Henry’s father attended Meharry.
Parker was born and raised in Nashville where his love of film began with his weekly Sunday trip to the movies with his father. Parker’s list of production credits includes co-producer of Bachelorette, which was an official selection at the Sundance 2012 Film Festival. He was a producer on Ma George (currently in post-production), Restless City, Higher Ground and The Last Keepers. Parker was a co‐producer on Peter and Vandy and Beware of the Gonzo. He was also an associate producer of Loggerheads and producer on Find Love, Just Like the Sun, Flow and Familiar Strangers.
In addition to his work as film producer, Parker partnered with fellow Nashvillian and artist Vadis Turner to co-author a charitable book entitled “Nashville Counts!,”a children’s counting and art book that benefits Hands On Nashville and their flood relief efforts.
Evans Donnell will have a review of the film on ArtsNash next Friday.
*Photos by Jess Pinkham courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures.