June 17, 2014 9:00am PT by Tatiana Siegel
Zach Braff-Produced Doc 'Video Games: The Movie' Nabbed by Variance Films
Variance Films, a division of Amplify, has acquired distribution rights for the feature-length documentary Video Games: The Movie. The film will be released theatrically in the United States and Canada on July 18 and will debut on iTunes and other digital platforms three days earlier, on July 15.
From executive producer Zach Braff and director Jeremy Snead, Video Games: The Movie chronicles the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multibillion-dollar industry. Narrated by Sean Astin and featuring in-depth interviews with industry godfathers, the icons of game design and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, the film is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.
"Everyone loves a great video game, but in recent years they’ve evolved into something way beyond what any of us who grew up playing an 8-bit system could imagine," Variance's Dylan Marchetti said. "But regardless of whether you’re up gaming until 3 a.m. or haven't played a video game in decades, there's something for you in this film, and we think audiences will be delighted."
Added Snead, "Games are a part of the human experience and permeate our culture now more than ever before. I'm thrilled that my film will expose the world to a never-before-told story of the men and women who built this industry, as well as what it has become and what it will continue to evolve into, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Variance to bring it out to the world."
The film was produced by Cliff Bleszinski (aka CliffyB) and Snead and features interviews with Braff, Chris Hardwick, Wil Wheaton, Nolan Bushnell, Hideo Kojima, Cliff Bleszinski and Alison Haislip.