Helmer to receive Graham Leggat Award

The San Francisco Film Society has tapped Benh Zeitlin, director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” as the recipient of the inaugural Graham Leggat Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The award will be presented April 26 at the Warfield Theatre. Leggat, the former executive director of the Film Society, passed away last August.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance and will be released June 27 by Fox Searchlight. The film centers upon a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee where a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.

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