It’s no secret we’re stoked about this week’s release of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. It was the breakout hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and, just between you and me, everybody was crying their eyes out at the screening I went to (and it was all critics, media and film industry folks — not the softest bunch). So, to get you ready to see the movie everybody has been talking about lately, we’ve rounded up what we’ve got on the festival fave.

  • BEASTS’ Sundance career actually began well before this year’s festival. Director Behn Zeitlin developed the script with playwright Lucy Alibar at the Sundance Lab.
  • And here is our Review Revue based on the early responses from out at the festival. Not a bad response for a young director’s debut feature
  • Eight-year-old star Quvenzhané “Nazie” Wallis (who was six when she shot BEASTS) was only supposed to be at the festival for the premiere, but when the crowd went wild she and her mom decided to stick around. We spent some time with Nazie and Zeitlin. Fun fact that proves grown-ups are generally idiots: Nazie was turned down for a special school program for kids who excel at the arts. We can’t wait for whomever made that decision to see this film. She blows it out of the water.
  • Need more Nazie? The Daily Beast has a cool video on the young actress.
  • Check out Welcome to the Bathtub, and the film’s Tumblr for some some more fun bits and pieces from the film, including behind-the-scenes photos.