THE RETRIEVAL - April 2nd in theaters


Variance Films will release the civil war era film "The Retrieval" in theaters starting onApril 2nd in New York at the Film Forum, with a national platform expansion to follow.  The film won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and stars Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, and Keston John in a story that explores the grey area between slavery and emancipation, and the horrific moral dilemma that comes with being forced to betray your fellow man.

DVDs or a password-link are available upon request for review or interview consideration.  Please contact me at jb@prodigypublicrelations.com or 310-857-2020.  Jenny.

Additional information can be found below and the assets (trailer, poster, images, etc) are available at www.variancefilms.com/retrievalpress.

DISTRIBUTOR: Variance Films
DIRECTED BY: Chris Eska (August Evening)
FEATURING: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman, Raven Ledeatte
RUN TIME: 94 minutes
RATING: Not rated
RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2014 (NYC, Film Forum), April 18, 2014 (expansion)
DAY/DATE RELEASE? No. Theatrical only.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.theretrieval.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/theretrievalfilm
TO DOWNLOAD STILLS/VIDEO/ASSETS: http://www.variancefilms.com/retrievalpress
1864: as war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War business as usual continues for slave-owners and traders. THE RETRIEVAL follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves and wanted freedmen in order to lure them back to the South.
On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman, things go wrong, and Will and Nate find themselves alone and on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision: to betray the father figure he’s finally found, or risk being killed by his gang.
Thrilling, but grounded in historical research, THE RETRIEVAL serves as an insight into the little-told story of the grey area between slavery and emancipation, and the horrific moral dilemma that comes with being forced to betray your fellow man.
SXSW (Winner: Special Jury Prize for Acting)
Phoenix Film Festival (Winner: Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble, Audience Award)
Ashland Independent Film Festival (Winner: Best Film)
Deauville American Film Festival (Winner: International Critics Prize)
Mill Valley Film Festival (Winner: US Independent Audience Award)
New Orleans Film Festival (Winner: Audience Award)