Hot Trailer: ‘It Felt Like Love’

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 7:15pm PST

Eliza Hittman’s debut feature It Felt Like Love debuted in the Next section at the 2013 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 … Read More »

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Variance Films Acquires Chris Eska’s Civil War Drama ‘The Retrieval’

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 5:14pm PST

The RetrievalChris Eska‘s The Retrieval premiered last year at SXSW where Tishuan Scott won the Grand Jury Prize for Acting. Written and directed by Eska (August Evening), The Retrieval is set in 1864, near the end of the … Read More »

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Sundance: GoDigital & Variance Films Merging, Re-Branding As Amplify

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 12:59pm PST

GoDigital hired ex-Focus Features exec Kent Sanderson at the beginning of the year as EVP Theatrical Distribution & Merchandising and now has a new role for him: teaming with Variance Films president Dylan Marchetti to help run Amplify, a new all-rights film distributor based in NY … Read More »

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Variance Films Acquires Sundance Pic ‘It Felt Like Love’

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 12:12pm PST

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 … Read More »

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‘God Loves Uganda’ Coming To Theaters From Variance Films

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 7:42pm PDT

The feature documentary, which debuted at Sundance, centers on U.S. evangelical influence on anti-gay laws in the African nation. Variance Films has pegged a North American theatrical run for God Loves Uganda starting October 11 … Read More »

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Variance Takes John Sayles Border Thriller ‘Go For Sisters’

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The latest indie pic from Oscar nominee John Sayles has found a home at Variance Films. Go For Sisters, shot for under $1M, stars Yolonda Ross and LisaGay Hamilton as two estranged … Read More »

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Variance Films And FilmBuff Acquire Comedy Pic ‘The History Of Future Folk’

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT

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.

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Variance Films Acquires Theatrical Rights To ‘Head Games’ Documentary

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT

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.

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Gravitas Ventures & Variance Films Pick Up ‘3, 2,1…Frankie Go Boom’

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 3:39pm PDT

Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films have acquired domestic rights to 3,2,1…Frankie Go Boom. The comedy, which premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, stars Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd, Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman, Chris Noth, Charlie Hunnam, Lizzy Caplan and Whitney … Read More »

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Spike Lee’s Sundance Film ‘Red Hook Summer’ Finds Distribution Through Upstart Variance Films

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 12:38pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, the controversial film that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, has found theatrical distribution. Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks is partnering with New York-based Variance Films for a theatrical release that … Read More »

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Gravitas And Variance Team To Acquire 7-8 Films For Theatrical/VOD: SXSW

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 11:59am PST

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.

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