Goat

USA | 2016 | 96 minutes | Andrew Neel

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. 

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After suffering a beating for being an outsider in his Ohio hometown, teenager Brad thinks he will find a place to fit in at Phi Sigma Mu, the fraternity at which his older brother, Brett, is already a member. When he arrives on campus that fall during "Hell Week," he is plunged into even more violence as the pledges are subjected to increasingly cruel hazing incidents, each more disgusting or humiliating than the last. As the dehumanizing rituals escalate, the close relationship between the sensitive Brad (Ben Schnetzer, Pride) and the much more confident, swaggering Brett (Nick Jonas, formerly of boy band the Jonas Brothers) becomes strained to the breaking point. An extended cameo by James Franco, playing a much older Phi Sigma Mu brother returning to relive his glory days, serves as a reminder of the endless cycle of violent male bonding behavior that is reinforced, generation after generation. Cinematographer Ethan Palmer shot Goat, based on Brad Land's 2004 memoir, in a naturalistic style, using hand-held cameras to capture the reality of hazing in stark, realistic detail. More than just an anti-hazing film, Goat is a meditation on the tribal codes of masculinity and the insidious strains of violence, anger, and repressed homoeroticism intertwined with today's definition of American manhood.

Director Biography
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.

Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies, MOViN 92.5, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Andrew Neel
  • Principal Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Virginia Gardner, Danny Flaherty, Austin Lyon, James Franco
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, James Franco, Vince Jolivette
  • Screenplay: Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts, David Gordon Green
  • Cinematographers: Ethan Palmer
  • Editors: Brad Turner
  • Music: Arjan Miranda
  • Filmography: King Kelly (2012); New World Order (doc, 2009); The Feature (doc, 2008); Alice Neel (doc, 2007); Darkon (doc, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Film Arcade
  • International Sales: CAA