From the Soundtrack: Beasts of the Southern Wild

I usually post a review/reflection of a film before I post about the music but I’m somewhat ambivalent about Beasts of the Southern Wild.  I like Hushpuppy, I like her relationship with her dad, I cried during the film, but something felt a bit off about how the story was told.  For certain, it was not the music.  Check out some of the songs from the film:

If you’d like to read recommendations/reflections of the film check out:
“An Unexpected, Enduring Lesson From Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Colorlines
“Magic, a Hushpuppy, and the Beasts of the Southern Wild” by P. Djeli Clark

*Update:  Looks like the original video I posted has been removed.  Here is a featurette on the music in the film:

Web Finds: B&W Photography, “Beasts…” Trailer, & More

Film
Neil Drumming is working on his feature film debut and documenting the process on the Atlantic.

Bradford Young mentioned Touki Bouki as inspiration for Restless City.  Check out Basia Cumming’s review of the film.

Beasts of the Southern Wild has been on my radar for a minute now and the trailer has finally arrived!  This short from Beasts director, Benh Zeitlin seems to be where the story started:

Literary
Want to get close to some of the greats in contemporary African literature?  Farafina Creative Writing Workshop is now accepting applications!

Tayari Jones reviews Toni Morrison’s new novel, Home.

Other
Amazing photos from an old, gritty New York City.

This amazing photograph from Teju Cole:
Lagos, November 2011