Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beasts of the Southern Wild

"Beasts of the Southern Wild has snatched up four (count 'em!) Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress for Quvenzhane Wallis, Best Director for Benh Zeitlin, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Lucy Alibar and Benh. Congratulations to the whole BEASTS team!"

Synopsis: In an isolated Louisiana swampland known as the Bathtub, young Hushpuppy and her father are part of a community that lives outside of the structure of modern society. When rising flood waters threaten the area, the young girl's resourcefulness and lively imagination are called into play as the region's residents face the approaching disaster.

On Sunday night at the Oscars, we learned the name Quvenzhane Wallis, a young lady that played Hush Puppy in the acclaimed movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

As anyone who follows me knows, my passion is reading and writing about my home state. I am fascinated with any story that includes the levees that I grew up along.

Did any of your choices win?

March 4, 2013: NOTE ADDED AFTER BUYING AND WATCHING THE MOVIE: I expected this film to be more of a story about actual people living along the levees of Louisiana. However, the people portrayed, and the situation they were in, had to be, I presume mostly the little girl's imagination. Interesting, but...

If you want to know how real levee-dwellers in Louisiana live ...read The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, which is historical. (Based on real people and places in the 1950s.)

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

In my middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, my young protagonist also lives with her fisherman father in the swamps and bayous. It is set in Pierre Part and Morgan City, Louisiana.

Synopsis: Behind every legend lies the truth. Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crabbing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby island.

Nikki learns of a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps, stealing the souls of dogs…which would explain the strange howling sounds. Papa reassures her there’s nothing on the island but gators and snakes. He would know. He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps. But Nikki and her new friends uncover strange happenings from years ago that may have started the old legend, and town folks aren’t talking. Then her beloved beagle goes missing.
Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.  

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Sharon Ledwith said...

I want to see that movie, it sounds so authentic and amazing. Hey, you never know, Rita, maybe we'll be attending the red carpet for a movie based on one of your books! You never know! Cheers!

Sloane Taylor said...

I missed the Oscars and never heard about this movie. Thanks for posting, Rita.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Thanks Rita.
I didn't watch, but am glad to have found out about it. Agreeing with Sharon. We hope to see Nikki on the big screen soon!

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Thanks ladies. I'd love to see this little girl play Nikki! I think she's been offered the role of Annie on a new adaptation of...

Vonnie said...

Rita, I hadn't even HEARD about this one. Fascinating.

Rita Monette, Writer said...

It's one of those independent films. I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about it! The little star is from Houma, Louisiana, not too very far from my book's setting.