Earlier this month, Variance Films announced that they’d partnered up with director Chris Eska to release his powerful Civil War drama The Retrieval – a film we’ve covered quite comprehensively on this blog, reviewing it, as well as interviewing the filmmaker, and one of the film’s stars in Tishuan Scott.
The film’s release will begin with a special preview engagement, beginning March 14th in Atlanta at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, followed by an opening in New York City at Film Forum on April 2nd, before expanding to additional theaters beginning April 18th.
Set in 1864, toward the end of the Civil War, The Retrieval, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, follows Nate (played by Tishuan Scott, in an award-winning performance), a fugitive ex-slave who encounters a young boy and his uncle, both sent by a gang of bounty hunters to con Nate into his recapture.
The award-winning searing drama enjoyed a celebrated international film festival run, collecting numerous awards along the way for both cast and crew..
“With The Retrieval, Chris has not only created a window into a little-known corner of history, but a stunning film filled with amazing performances, beautiful images, and a fantastic tone, all surprisingly rare things in independent film,” said Variance’s Dylan Marchetti. “Audiences are going to be blown away by the combination, which I think is on par with the best that big-budget Hollywood has to offer.”
“My cast and crew poured their hearts into this project, and I can’t wait to finally share the film with everyone on the big screen,” said Eska. “It’s exciting to partner with Dylan and Variance because they have a genuine passion for connecting with theatrical audiences, and they understand all the new and changing ways to make it a success.”
The Retrieval was produced by Jacob Esquivel and Jason Wehling, and executive produced by Alan Berg (Arts + Labor), Tom Borders (Sixth Street Films), and Sibyl Avery Jackson.
Ashton Sanders and Keston John also star.
As expected, Variance has released a brand new trailer for the film, which is embedded below in all its beautiful iTunes glory.