Filmmakers Justin Sago and Ryan Mathews Sign with Blood Sweat Honey

Filmmakers Justin Sago and Ryan Mathews Sign with Blood Sweat Honey

J. Zimmerman | Independent Movie Review
– April 10th, 2023

Filmmakers Justin Sago and Ryan Mathews have signed an agreement with Blood Sweat Honey to support the distribution of their documentary Unmasking Monsters Below.

Blood Sweat Honey partners Alex Nohe and Jeff Dowd represent films and secure distribution deals for filmmakers worldwide. Alex Nohe has represented many noteworthy filmmakers over the years including Don Coscarelli on Bubba Ho-Tep, Bill Condon on Gods & Monsters, and Christopher Nolan on Following. From 2013 to 2016, Alex put over 100 films into distribution as a partner in Circus Road Films. Jeff is one of the founding members of the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival as well as the inspiration behind the Coen Brother’s beloved character, The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski.

Of the recent agreement with Blood Sweat and Honey, Ryan Mathews had this to say:

“I am very excited to start the process of potential distribution with the help of Alex at Blood Sweat Honey. We have been working on this film for the last 4 years, and the finished product is something that the entire team will be very proud of. We would love the opportunity to share Unmasking Monsters Below with the world and I am excited Blood Sweat Honey can get us where we need to be.”

This award-winning documentary is about the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitants, sharks. Director Justin Sago is joined by fellow filmmaker Ryan Mathews as they travel to Florida. There, they film their discussions with the people who know the ocean and its inhabitants best. Experts with experience in marine biology and a number of experienced shark enthusiasts share their knowledge of the most feared creatures in the briny deep. Be prepared to have your mind changed as you learn the hard facts about sharks from the people who love and interact with them most.

Sago’s passion for education doesn’t stop with the making of Unmasking Monsters Below. In mid-March, the award-winning filmmaker had the opportunity to speak to The Arbor School in Dubai about his new documentary. His willingness to teach and learn shows throughout the documentary as he interacts with several people who don’t share his love of sharks. We can see his belief that kind-hearted and honest communication about the stewards of the deep is the only way to dispel ignorance which results in irrational fear for many people.

Unmasking Monsters Below has already amassed a number of accolades, including the Best Documentary Feature at the Cinematic Arts Redemptive Entertainment (CARE) Awards and Central Florida Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Central Florida CineFest. A screening of the film is planned for April 29th at Tygart Valley Cinemas in Whitehall, West Virginia, nearby to Justin’s hometown. With additional representation from Blood Sweat Honey, the recognition of this outstanding documentary will only continue to grow. Shark lovers and documentary fans alike should be on the lookout for more chances to view and own Unmasking Monsters Below.

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"Unmasking Monsters Below" a documentary by executive producers Justin Sago and Ryan Mathews is reviewed by Independent Movie Review.