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We the Animals

Producers Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey


Us three, us brothers, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own. Based on the novel by Justin Torres.

We the Animals premiered in the NEXT category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and received the NEXT Innovator Award.

About The Team

Jeremiah Zagar’s (Writer, Director) first feature documentary, In a Dream (HBO), was shortlisted for an Academy Award and received two Emmy nominations, including best documentary. It screened at theaters across the U.S. and festivals around the world, winning awards at SXSW, Full Frame, and others. His second, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (HBO), premiered in competition at Sundance. We The Animals is Zagar’s first narrative feature and is based on the novel by Justin Torres.


Cinereach engages with film projects through a number of financing, production and support models. We the Animals was financed by Cinereach, produced by Cinereach and Public Record, and received support from the SF Film and Sundance Institute.


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