London-based HanWay Films has boarded sales on Reinaldo Marcus Green’s directorial debut Monsters And Men following the film’s Sundance premiere, where it won the special jury award for outstanding first feature.
Neon previously boarded North American rights after brokering a deal with Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers. Deals have also been sturck for France (Mars) and Latin America (CDC). Endeavour also handled the HanWay deal – the latter will now launch the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Shot in Brooklyn, Monsters And Men stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Mudbound), Anthony Ramos (Broadway’s Hamilton) and John David Washington (Ballers) in a multi-layered story: a man who captures a shooting on his phone, an African-American police officers battles with his conscience after standing up to his fellow officers; and a local high school student who is transformed from passive bystander to activist.
Producers were Elizabeth Lodge Stepp and Josh Penn of The Department of Motion Pictures, Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, and Luca Borghese of AgX. The film was executive produced by Sight Unseen’s Leonid Lebedev and Oren Moverman, Chiara Bernasconi, Charles Miller and The Department of Motion Pictures’ Noah Stahl. Sight Unseen fully financed the film.
HanWay Films MD Gabrielle Stewart commented: “It is always exciting when you discover raw talent like Reinaldo Marcus Green. No other film from Sundance stayed with me quite like this one. It illustrates the power of modern activism and builds to a powerful and provocative climax. The whole team feels proud to come on board this audacious debut.”