Nicholls Hosts “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Director Benh Zeitlin

THIBODAUX — The Fletcher Lecture Series at Nicholls State University will present a Q-and-A session and lecture by the Oscar nominated director and screenwriter of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin on Thursday, October 24.

Zeitlin is a filmmaker, composer, animator and founding member of production company Court 13. His first independent feature film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which was shot in Terrebonne Parish, became an immediate success on the film festival circuit, eventually winning the top awards at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. The film was picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for nationwide distribution and earned four Academy Award nominations.

Zeitlin will be interviewed by Dr. Todd Kennedy, Nicholls director of film studies, at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in Peltier Auditorium. He will also field questions from audience members from 10:30 a.m. to noon that same day in the Le Bijou Theater in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

Now in its 30th year, the Fletcher Lecture Series — named after former Nicholls department head Dr. Marie Fletcher and sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature — brings outstanding scholars, chefs and writers to Nicholls each year. Past lecturers include Robert Penn Warren, Ernest Gaines, Paul Prudhomme, Marilynne Robinson and Olympia Vernon.

For more information visit the Fletcher Lecture Series website at

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