Writer-director Eliza Hittman‘s debut feature It Felt Like Love debuted in the Next section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The coming-of-age drama centers on Lila (Gina Piersanti), a 14-year-old spending a hot summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood. Often playing the third wheel, Lila is determined to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on Sammy, a tough older guy, when she hears that “he’ll sleep with anyone”, but in doing so she puts herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation when she tries to insert herself into his gritty world. Variance Films, whose recent releases include Dave Grohl’s music docu Sound City, is eyeing a 2014 theatrical release.
New York, NY, April 10, 2013 – Variance Films and FilmBuff announced today that they are releasing festival favorite THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK, the debut feature from filmmakers J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker. Variance will release the film in US theaters beginning at New York City’s Cinema Village on May 31st, 2013 and Los Angeles’ Sundance Sunset Cinemas on June 7th, 2013, with live appearances by the musical space alien heroes at select shows. A national theatrical rollout will continue through the summer. FilmBuff will release the film on iTunes and across all digital platforms on June 4th, 2013.
New York, July 31, 2012 – Variance Films announced today that it has acquired theatrical rights to HEAD GAMES, the new documentary feature from acclaimed director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” The Interrupters”) that takes a nuanced, intelligent look at the concussion crisis in American sports. The film will begin its theatrical run on September 21st in select cities and expand throughout top markets in September and October, with select screenings to feature guest speakers and panel discussions.
Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films will jointly release seven to eight specialty titles per year theatrically in the U.S. and Canada as well as on VOD via cable, satellite, telco and online platforms. The two companies acquisition teams will be at the SXSW Film Festival seeking content for their theatrical/VOD initiative, though both companies will continue to acquire films independently at the festival.
Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films have joined forces to acquire and co-release 7-8 independent films a year in theaters across the US and Canada and on VOD with over 100 cable, satellite, telco and online video on demand operators. This new distribution offering will allow filmmakers a comprehensive turn-key distribution solution in two areas of the independent film world, theatrical and digital, that have shown year-over-year growth.
Beginning at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Gravitas and Variance will utilize their acquisitions teams to seek out the best independent, documentary, and foreign films that will benefit from a day and date theatrical/VOD release. While both companies will continue to acquire films separately for their individual slates, the companies expect to be making joint offers on select SXSW titles.