Brooklyn-based production and entertainment company Public Record premiered their first narrative feature film, We the Animals, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this weekend to critical acclaim. Hailed by IndieWire as ‘This Year’s ‘Moonlight’ in their review, the film was directed by Public Record Co-Founder Jeremiah Zagar and produced by Public Record Co-Founder/Executive Producer Jeremy Yaches. The film is a co-production with Cinereach, a NYC independent film company (

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors - and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working-class family life and brotherhood.

Additional producers on the film are Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman and Paul Mezey. Executive producers include Philipp Engelhorn and Michael Raisler. The film stars Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Josiah Gabriel, and Isaiah Kristian.

Zagar’s first feature-length 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 at SXSW, Full Frame, and others. His second feature documentary, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (HBO), premiered in competition at Sundance in 2014.

We the Animals was shot primarily on 16mm film, with Zagar bringing on DP Zak Mulligan, who he has frequently collaborated with on Public Record-produced commercial projects. The team brought a true handheld cinema vérité style to the storytelling.  We’re not watching a film about a family – we’re watching a family. Zagar elaborates and sums up the film, “All of our families are essentially cocoons. What the movie is about is breaking free from that cocoon. And there’s a necessity to break from it, but also to honor that cocoon. And to celebrate it.”

Public Record is a production and entertainment company in Brooklyn whose film and television, and commercial work is grounded in truth. After their Emmy-nominated documentary, In A Dream, premiered in theaters and on HBO, co-founders Jeremiah Zagar and Jeremy Yaches--friends since middle school--teamed up with a tight-knit family of directors to start a company that would unite their shared passion for filmmaking. This versatile roster of cinematic storytellers is tasked by agencies, brands, studios and influential organizations to produce stunning, meticulously crafted, emotionally resonant work that touches hearts and expands minds.

High creative standards and meticulous production methodology enable Public Record to produce work that leaves a lasting impact and inspires clients to come back for another adventure.