Sundance: Neon Nabs Police Shooting Drama 'Monsters and Men'

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The film, which made its world premiere on Friday, marks the feature directing debut of Reinaldo Marcus Green.

Neon has snapped up North American rights to Reinaldo Marcus Green's feature directing debut, Monsters and Men, which received a rousing reception at the drama's world premiere Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film features a cast that includes John David Washington (HBO’s Ballers and son of Denzel Washington), Anthony Ramos (Hamilton), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (It Comes at Night), Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton), Nicole Beharie (Shame), Rob Morgan (Mudbound) and Cara Buono (Stranger Things).

Based on a screenplay written by Green, Monsters and Men kicks off on a nondescript street corner in Brooklyn, when an unarmed black man is killed after an altercation with police officers. That becomes the starting point for a story that ripples through a tight-knit neighborhood in the wake of yet another controversial police intervention.

The deal marks the first of the festival for Neon, which has become an indie darling in its one-plus years in business, launching the awards-season hit I, Tonya.

The Hollywood Reporter's review called the pic a "supremely assured debut feature" with "a shattering ripple-effect narrative, somber and rigorously focused, that illustrates with quiet eloquence and moral complexity."

Elizabeth Lodge Stepp and Josh Penn of The Department of Motion Pictures produced Monsters and Men alongside Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev as well as Luca Borghese. 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 pic, which screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at Sundance.

Endeavor Content repped the filmmakers.