NEON made Reinaldo Marcus Green’s feature directorial debut Monsters And Men one of the bigger pickups of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the drama had its world premiere in competition. Now comes the first trailer for the pic, which the distributor is aiming for a fall awards-season release.
Starring John David Washington, Anthony Ramos and Kelvin Harrison Jr., the plot centers on the tight-knit community of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, where a young father witnesses the police shooting of an unarmed black man. The film is told through differing views: by the bystander who filmed the shooting, the black police officer, and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand. Nicole Beharie, Jasmine Cephas Jones Chante Adams and Rob Morgan co-star.
As Green said at Deadline’s Sundance Studio, although this film focuses on one incident the piece itself is inspired by the ongoing epidemic of race-related police brutality cases. “It’s talking about the cycle rather than one particular case because these things are happening all the time — it’s happening everywhere, and I didn’t want it to feel like one isolated thing.”
Elizabeth Lodge Stepp and Josh Penn of The Department of Motion Pictures, Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev and Luca Borghese are producers. Executive producers are Sight Unseen’s Leonid Lebedev and Oren Moverman, Chiara Bernasconi, Charles Miller and The Department of Motion Pictures’ Noah Stahl.
Check out the trailer above.