Film Movement has snatched all North American rights to the Tribeca success Men Go To Battle, the debut feature from director Zachary Treitz. Set during the American Civil War, the dark comedy follows two brothers, Henry and Francis Mellon, living on a struggling farm in rural Kentucky, who pass the time with an escalating battle of practical jokes. When things go too far, Henry is injured and soon after, humiliated in front of the daughter of their town’s leading citizen, leading him to abandon his own family. Months later he resurfaces having joined the Union army, leaving the brothers to discover separately what the war will bring for them.
Written by Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil, Men Go To Battle was filmed in Kentucky with cinematography by Brett Jutkiewicz. It’s produced by Steven Schardt. Treitz was awarded Best New Director – Narrative Feature at Tribeca 2015, where the film debuted. The acquisition deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Matt Burke, Ben Braun and Josh Braun of Submarine, and by Michael Rosenberg, President of Film Movement.