This realistic psychological drama is a brutal portrait of college masculinity that follows a 19-year-old boy as he pledges a fraternity and is swept up in a series of grotesque rituals that become more and more insidious. Based on the true story and memoir by Brad Land and his experiences transferring to Clemson University after being brutally beaten and assaulted, pledging to Kappa Sigma.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016
Goat has received acclaim from film critics, earning a “certified fresh” score of 80% from Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews.
Writer for Goat, David Gordon Green, is taking a break from the Director chair. He has previously worked with James Franco on two films in which he was the Director:
Director Andrew Neel was born in Vermont and holds a BA in film studies from Columbia University. In 2001 he founded the film collective SeeThink Productions. Neel’s first film, the cult classic Darkon, was released in 2007. Goat is his second fictional feature. Based on the film’s subject, rating and brutal nature…you knew a red band trailer was coming and here it is.
Director Andrew Neel’s documentary background is evident as Goat resounds with searing authenticity—rarely has such raw and terrifyingly truthful masculinity been captured on screen. The result exposes the brutal and violent aspects of male culture that lurk beneath the surface of our seemingly controlled society. The entire cast valiantly commits to the challenging roles and, combined with Neel’s assured direction, shine new light on male identity and how it’s formed. Part neorealism, part horror film, Goat is a riveting cinematic experience that is as important as it is brutal.