We the Animals
Part of the American Dreams Strand
Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel, Sheila Vand, Raul Castillo
Director of Photography: Zak Mulligan
Editor: Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates
Produced by: Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
Music: Nick Zammuto
Screenplay by: Daniel Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar
Production Designer: Katie Hickman
Sound Production: Ruy Garcia
Jeremiah Zagar is a director and screenwriter from South Philly. His first film, In A Dream, premiered at SXSW Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and received two Emmy nominations, including Best Documentary. His next film, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, premiered in competition at Sundance. We The Animals was selected for the Sundance Directing & Screenwriting Lab fellowships and premiered at Sundance 2018.
Though its subject matter appears familiar, this beautiful, deeply lyrical film is a haunting and poetic story of growing up that looks like a Terrence Malick film and is blessed with memorable performances. Jonah (Evan Rosado) – confused by his emerging sexuality – and his two older brothers run wild through the woods near their upstate New York home, but struggle to deal with their father’s violence toward their loving mother (Sheila Vand, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). Beautifully observed and shot with grace and compassion by Jeremiah Zagar.