Variance Film nabs rights to 'Spoken Word'

Indie drama to be released July 23 in New York

Variance Films has picked up U.S. theatrical rights to the indie drama "Spoken Word," directed by Victor Nunez ("Ulee's Gold").

In partnership with Santa Fe, N.M.-based Luminaria, Variance will release the film in New York on July 23. Theatrical runs in L.A., Denver, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Chicago and other cities will follow.

Kuno Becker ("From Mexico With Love"), Ruben Blades ("Assassination Tango") and Miguel Sandoval ("Bottle Shock") star in the story of a San Francisco spoken-word artist (Becker) who returns to New Mexico to care for his dying father (Blades) and gets pulled into his old criminal element by a shady nightclub owner (Sandoval).

"Victor, Kuno, Ruben, Miguel and the Luminaria team have put together a fantastic film, with great performances and a wonderful balance of emotion and warmth," Variance president Dylan Marchetti said. "Audiences are going to walk out of theaters absolutely glowing."

Variance released the documentary "The Lottery" last weekend in New York; it will hit L.A. theaters Friday. The company also has released the films "Blind Date," "White on Rice," "Nursery University" and "Passport to Love."

"Spoken Word" is New Mexico-based Luminaria's first major theatrical release.
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