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Variance Films Jumps for U.S. Rights to 'Elevate'

The basketball documentary will open theatrically on Oct. 21 in New York and Nov. 4 in L.A.

Variance Films has acquired U.S. rights to the basketball documentary Elevate. The film will open theatrically on October 21 in New York and on November 4 in L.A. and other cities before a national roll-out.

Directed by Anne Buford over four years, the film follows four Senegalese teenagers from a basketball academy in Dakar to U.S. prep schools on their quest to play in the NBA and adjust to American culture. Buford also produced along with Chiemi Karasawa, Mark Becker and Victoria Yoffie.

“I’m a basketball fanatic, and, naturally, I love a great documentary that’s inspirational and fun without getting preachy," said Variance founder Dylan Marchetti. "Elevate is a swish on both of these levels, and I think audiences are going to fall in love with the four amazing kids in this truly heartwarming film. When you go looking for basketball in October, there may or may not be an NBA season, but I can promise you there’s not going to be a lockout at the movie theater.”

Elevate screened at the L.A. Film Festival.

Variance Films has recently released American: The Bill Hicks Story, Amigo and IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster. Upcoming releases include 1911, Hit so Hard and Let the Bullets Fly.