Variance acquires trio of pics

Company nabs U.S. rights to 'General,' 'Little Rock' and 'Blowfly'

Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights for “General Orders No. 9,” “Little Rock” and “The Weird World of Blowfly.”

“General Orders” is a documentary that contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South from first time writer-director Robert Persons, who worked for 11 years on the project. The film will open at Brooklyn’s reRun Gastropub Theater on June 24 with expansion to major markets to follow.

It features narration from William Davidson and music from Chris Hoke, Stars of the Lid, and John Tavener.

“Little Rock” focuses on two Japanese tourists in a small desert town in California and is directed by Mike Ott, written by Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka, and stars Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, Rintaro Sawamoto, and Roberto Sanchez. It won the Someone To Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards this year and will open New York’s Cinema Village theater on Aug. 12 with expansion to major markets to follow.

“Blowfly” tells the story of Clarence “Blowfly” Reid over several years as a portrait of an unheralded man who could be your cranky grandfather- until he puts on a sequined superhero costume, gets on stage, and begins to sing lyrics that would make even today’s rappers blush. It was directed by Jonathan Furmanski and opens in September in New York, os Angeles, Miami, and additional markets, alongside a day-and-date VOD, digital and Internet launch.

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