Background: Zeitlin was raised in the Sunnyside section of Queens, New York. He attended Wesleyan University and helped found the Court 13 independent filmmaking collective in 2004.
Filmography: He directed three short films between 2005 and 2008. His feature directing debut is "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012) which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Best Director Nomination
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012); lost to Ang Lee ("Life of Pi")
Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012); lost to Chris Terrio ("Argo")
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