In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the tiny town of LaPlace was overrun with thousands of displaced New Orleans residents. Their already bursting-at-the-seams high school, East St. John, took in over 450 new students. Twenty of them were football players. In order to make them feel more welcome, the coach declared all positions were open (even those help by ESJ seniors). For some, that meant the opportunity to play the sport they lived for, but for others, it put their scholarship chances (for many, their only chance at a college education) in jeopardy. But rather than fight or turn bitter, these young men banded together in the face of tragedy to create a team. The movie “Walking On Dead Fish” tells their story.
“Walking On Dead Fish” is the first title to be released under the banner.
Variance Films was launched on August 13, 2008 by former THINKFilm director of distribution and marketing, Dylan Marchetti.
“Variance Films will represent the best of the old thinking and the best of the new, adapting both to the reality of today’s marketplace,” says Variance Films Founder and President Dylan Marchetti. “While there is no shortage of independent films being made today, there are far too many noteworthy films that are struggling to find distribution and often winding up going straight-to-video. Variance Films is designed to take these smaller films to theaters; tailoring each release to the specific film for the specific US markets, even when it doesn’t fit the standard theatrical NY/LA expansion model. And we will have a strong acquisitions component, so we’ll soon be a staple at festivals and markets, chasing after films we believe in.”