Following a year-long journey that began at Sundance and ended in theaters all over the world, Beasts of the Southern Wild endures as one of the most emotionally evocative and deeply heartfelt pieces of filmmaking to be released this past year. The film explores the themes of courage, community, and parent-child relationships through the lens of six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis), her Dad, Wink (Dwight Henry), and their close-knit bayou community lovingly referred to as “The Bathtub.” With the waters rising all around them, and Wink facing a mysterious illness, Hushpuppy attempts to save both her father and her community. The surrealist southern fable is the brainchild of Lucy Alibar, who wrote the play, “Juicy and Delicious,” upon which Beasts of the Southern Wild is based. She co-wrote the screenplay for the film, along with first-time feature director Benh Zeitlin. In celebration of the film’s widespread acclaim and its recent release on Blu-ray and DVD, I recently enjoyed a wonderful late lunch with Alibar. We spent the afternoon at Petrossian West Hollywood, where chef Giselle Wellman appropriately prepared a juicy and delicious array of oysters for us to enjoy while discussing Alibar’s bayou tale. Here’s what Alibar shared with me about collaborating with Zeitlin on the screenplay, how they were influenced by Southern storytelling, and crafting Beasts of the Southern Wild.