by Jim Ridley
In this week's upcoming issue of the Scene, the entire film section is devoted to one of the most striking and original movies we've seen this year, Benh Zeitlin's Sundance prize-winner Beasts of the Southern Wild. One of the people most gratified by the movie's success is co-producer Matt Parker, a former Nashvillian who's visited the Nashville Film Festival over the years with some of his other films.
When the movie opens this weekend at The Belcourt, there'll be an extra treat for viewers: Parker will be joined at the 7:45 p.m. screenings Friday and Saturday by Dwight Henry, whose central role as the defiant father of a 6-year-old girl facing possible global catastrophe in the Louisiana bayous is all the more impressive for being his acting debut.
Himself a native Nashvillian, Henry runs the Buttermilk Drop Bakery in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood across the street from the movie's casting office. According to Parker, the filmmakers talked him into the role after visiting him repeatedly on his late-night baking shifts. His appearance this weekend with Parker is something you won't want to miss — and neither is the movie.