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Lauded as “unexpected and wildly compelling” (Adam Chitwood, Collider) and “brutal and harrowing” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair), director Andrew Neel’s gripping drama GOAT arrives on DVD December 20, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Based on Brad Land’s memoir, with a screenplay by David Gordon Green, Neel and Mike Roberts, the film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it was a critical success. Produced by Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini and executive produced by Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve for Great Point Media, GOAT has been Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes and stars actor-musician Nick Jonas (“Kingdom” on Starz), Ben Schnetzer (Pride, The Book Thief) and James Franco (127 Hours).
GOAT follows a 19-year-old Brad (Schnetzer), newly arrived to college and desperate to belong. Taking a cue from his older brother Brett (Jonas), Brad decides to pledge a fraternity. At first, it’s all parties and girls. But as Brad enters into the final stretch of the pledging ritual-known as “hell week”-things take a violent, humiliating turn. What occurs in the name of ‘brotherhood’ tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways.
The GOAT DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Great Point Media presents a Killer Films/Battle Mountain Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions production, produced in association with Fresh Jade Limited: “GOAT.” Starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking and James Franco. Casting by Susan Shopmaker. Costume designer Sarah Mae Burton. Composer Arian Miranda. Editor Brad Turner. Production designer Akin McKenzie. Director of photography Ethan Palmer. Co-producer Karri O’Reilly. Executive producers Jim Reeve, Robert Halmi, Jr., and John Wells. Produced by James Franco, Vince Jolivette, David Hinojosa, and Christine Vachon. Based on the book by Brad Land. Screenplay by David Gordon Green and Andrew Neel & Mike Roberts. Directed by Andrew Neel.
“Life used to be a rite of passage in and of itself,” theorizes actor Ben Schnetzer about modern male identity. “But it’s not our parents’ generation anymore.” The 26-year-old New York City native is talking about his breakout role in the upcoming film Goat, the true story of a college freshman who follows his brother (Nick Jonas) into a fraternity and is subjected to a harrowing hazing ceremony just months after being assaulted and robbed off campus. “A lot of men can relate,” says Schnetzer, who was drawn to the project for its exploration of a generation’s search for identity. “My character is on this journey to reclaim a sense of masculinity that he feels has been compromised, tarnished, taken away from him. It’s kind of a distillation of every insecurity you’ve ever felt.”
It’s also a true prestige project bolstered by a number of indie luminaries—screenwriter David Gordon Green (George Washington) and producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry) are part of the team. But the A-list bona fides are nothing new to Schnetzer, who made a big impression last month as a NSA agent opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
Schnetzer grew up in Harlem, the son of actors (his parents did the soaps and stage), and trained after high school in London. “I’ve been incredibly lucky,” he says. “I know what it’s like to be an unemployed actor, to beat the bricks. I’ve been in the right place at the right time.” Still, with each new project, he’s getting a serious education in the craft. “What I learned on Goat is that 99 percent of the work you do as an actor is just for you,” he says. “No one gives a shit about all the books you read. I learned a lot about that on this film: divorcing yourself from the expectation of what should be and just opening yourself up.”
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View more of Ben in his latest projects, Goat, Snowden and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
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