By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire February 13, 2014 at 3:27PM
Nearly one year after its 2013 SXSW premiere, writer/director Chris Eska's Special Jury Prize winner "The Retrieval" will be theatrically released courtesy of Variance Films.
The film stars newcomer Ashton Sanders as a fatherless 13-year-old boy during the Civil War who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang that sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves and wanted freedmen in order to lure them back to the South.
"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.
Variance Films partners with leading independent filmmakers to distribute their films to theaters across the US and Canada. Recent and upcoming releases from the company include Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's "Citizen Koch," John Sayles' "Go for Sisters" and Roger Ross Williams' "God Loves Uganda."
"The Retrieval" will open in New York City at Film Forum on April 2nd before expanding to additional theaters beginning April 18th.