Must See: Beasts of the Southern Wild Wins Top Honors At Sundance

On September 30th,  last fall as Sara and I along with a few friends were making our way to a little party to celebrate the launch of Ilsa Loves Rick, we walked passed a little indie cinema in Ambler, PA.  On the marquis was Another Earth, a film that had sparked a huge bidding war at the Sundance 2011 festival, and which my husband Paul produced.  We hadn't known it was in release at the theater and so thought it was a good omen for the start of the line deciding to make a quick pic and post it to our newly minted blog.  Paul founded Journeyman Pictures just after we were married in the mid 90's.  Since that time, he has been responsible for some of the best independent films produced around the world (The New York Times did a magazine piece hailing his work as the New American Realism).  With two Academy Awards nominations (Best Actress for Maria Full of Grace and Best Actor for Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson), The Motorola Producers Award, Several Gotham and Spirit Awards along with New York Circle Critics Awards under his belt, Paul remains unswayed by trending in the industry, choosing instead to champion unique vision in writer-directors and stories that illuminate our humanity.  Beasts of the Southern Wild is his latest film, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.  For an excellent summation of the state of independent film today, read the NYT link below written by Manola Dargis (our all time favorite film critic - sorry Pauline Kael).