ToniK Productions' MONSTER to Premiere at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

ToniK Productions' MONSTER to Premiere at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver's ToniK Productions' MONSTER to world premiere on Monday, January 22nd at 3PM in the Dramatic Competition of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival taking place from January 18 th-28 th, 2018 in Park City, Utah. Written by Radha Blank (She's Gotta Have It, Empire), Colen C. Wiley and Janece Shaffer, MONSTER is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers. Shot entirely in New York City, MONSTER surrounds the story of17-year-old honors student Steve Harmon. Steve is an aspiring filmmaker attending an elite high school in New York, and is being charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit. "Monster" is what the prosecutor calls Harmon, but is Steve truly a monster? As Steve's world comes crashing down around him, the film follows his journey from a smart, likeable young man from Harlem through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. MONSTERis sure to stimulate conversation in today's relevant narrative on youth in prisons, excessive sentencing, peer pressure, and likeminded issues.

MONSTER features an outstanding ensemble cast including: Kelvin Harrison Jr. (The Birth of A Nation), Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Jennifer Ehle (Little Men, Zero Dark Thirty), A$AP Rocky, (Dope, Zoolander 2), Nas, (The Get Down), Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk), John David Washington (Ballers) and Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2, Westworld).

"We're thrilled and humbled to be participating in this year's Sundance Film Festival. We believe the current social and cultural landscape makes the message of MONSTER even more relevant and important," says Tonya Lewis Lee of ToniK Productions.

"As producers committed to tackling the toughest issues of our time, we believe MONSTER is no exception. This has been an ongoing passion project for us and we are thrilled to bring it to the public forum." adds ToniK co-founder Nikki Silver.

In addition to Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, and ToniK Productions, MONSTER producers include Aaron L. Gilbert and Bron Studios, Edward Nahem and Mike Jackson of Get Lifted Film Co. Nas, Red Crown's Daniel Crown and Yoni Liebling, Creative Wealth's Jason Cloth and Richard McConnell, Linnea Roberts and Get Lifted's John Legend and Ty Stiklorius are all executive producers. Legend and Nas will both play a role in the film's music.

ToniK Productions most recently produced, along with 40 Acres & a Mule, the Netflix remake of SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, which has received exceptional reviews, and is currently developing GALLAGHER GIRLS for Paramount Pictures.

ToniK Productions is a film and television production company founded with the mission to create diverse, quality, thought-provoking entertainment across all media platforms.Headed by co-founders Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver, ToniK hunts down and creates its own intellectual property from which they develop and produce narrative and non-fiction programming for all ages. ToniK is committed to bringing compelling stories to life that are in the zeitgeist of culture creating conversation and evolving the dialogue on the issues of our times.

Together, Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver have over 25 years experience producing film and television, and have won 5 Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.

For more information on Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, and ToniK Productions, visit: www.ToniKProductions.com. Follow ToniK on Instagram @ToniKProductions and Twitter @Tonik_Films.

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ToniK Productions' MONSTER to Premiere at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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