Hello Everyone:

While fantasy movie themes are not my favorites (sorry Lord of the Rings fans); I’ve heard only wonderful things about Beasts of the Southern Wild.  This fantasy drama has been nominated in four categories for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for this year’s Academy Awards which will be held Sunday, February 24, 2013.
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an interactive film workshop with students from New Orleans and Washington, D.C.on Wednesday.  Mrs. Obama gives her opening remarks before introducing the White House Arts & Humanities facilitator for this workshop.  Click on the White House photo to view this fascinating video.
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The movie’s director, Benh Zeitlin, actor, Dwight Henry who plays Wink and Quvenzhame’ Wallis who plays Wink’s daughter Hushpuppy are the workshop’s main speakers. Mr. Zeitlin had a budget of $1.8 million which by today’s movie budgets is considered peanuts.  Mr. Henry had never acted before and wasn’t looking to act and Ms. Wallis had never acted before. At the age of 9, Ms. Wallis  (attached photo) is the youngest ever nominee of the Academy Award for Best Actress. Their personal journeys as told below in the workshop contains invaluable lessons for all.

whitehouse has uploaded Interactive Film Workshop for Students: Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Interactive Film Workshop for Students: Beasts of the Southern Wild

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes 80 middle and high school students from the DC area and New Orleans to take part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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Imagination Rules the World!

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Camille Mitchell
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