Video: ‘Beasts’ director talks about filming in La. Video: ‘Beasts’ director talks about filming in La. Kevin McQuarn| theadvocate.com entertainment editor Nov. 29, 2012 Comments Writer/Director Benh Zeitlin talks about his newest film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” In this film, which takes place in a forgotten but defiant bayou community, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” opens in Baton Rouge on July 20.