Benh Zeitlin Benefit
Helping to defray hospital bills for injured SXSW filmmaker Benh Zeitlin
One thing that keeps filmmakers returning to South by Southwest year after year is the way the festival follows the fortunes of the films and makers it showcases not just during nine days in March but throughout the year. In the case of Benh Zeitlin, 25-year-old director of this year's Wholphin Award-winning short, "Glory at Sea," one wishes it could be for any other reason than raising funds for medical care and associated expenses, after he suffered a fractured hip and dislocated pelvis in a car accident on the way to his SXSW screening.
"It's so important to help out a filmmaker in a situation like this," says SXSW shorts programmer Lya Guerra, "and to continually support all our filmmakers –especially the shorts filmmakers who don't get so much money or attention. It's in that spirit that we're sponsoring the screening, but it's also great to be able to show such a great lineup of films by Behn's collaborators at Court 13. Those filmmakers have such heart, which makes it the best kind of benefit because it's also just a great show." Initiated by exiting SXSW film producer Matt Dentler, the April 29 benefit screening in Austin is mirrored by a separate Rooftop Films fundraiser for Zeitlin this Saturday at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in New York City. The Austin screening takes place April 29, at the Alamo Ritz at 7pm and 9:30pm, at a ticket price of $10. Donations can also be made to Court 13 at www.court13.com.