Variance Films and FilmBuff have acquired U.S. rights to sci-fier “The History of Future Folk,” the debut feature from J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker.

Variance will release the film in U.S. theaters beginning in New York on May 31. FilmBuff will release the film on iTunes and across all digital platforms on June 4.

The movie debuted last June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was nominated for a Find Your Audience Award at this year’s Spirit Awards.

A Maida Vale Films production, “Future Folk” is produced by Walker, Jon Bulette, Andrew Goldman and Smokey Nelson.

The film centers on an alien who — after encountering music — abandons his plan to eradicate the human race, assumes the name Bill, starts a family and launches a bluegrass act.

Variety’s Robert Koehler gave the film a positive notice:

“Close encounters of the charming kind infuse “The History of Future Folk,” which will likely be remembered as the first neo-hipster Brooklyn sci-fi movie. A fable of what happens to two distant travelers from Planet Hondo once they arrive on Earth, the pic amounts to a reverse-engineered backstory for the two characters played by Nils D’Aulaire and Jay Klaitz in their jaunty and humorous two-man band, Future Folk.”