Strand Releasing has picked up all US rights to Matt Porterfield’s I Used To Be Darker [pictured]. Separately, Variance Films and FilmBuff are teaming up to release The History Of Future Folk.

Porterfield’s third feature premiered at Sundance and stars Deragh Campbell as a runaway from Northern Ireland who seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle, who are in the middle of a marital crisis. Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham also star.

New Europe Film Sales represents international rights and Strand has set an autumn release after negotiating the deal with George Rush on behalf of the film-makers.

Variance Films and FilmBuff will release filmmakers J Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker’s feature directorial debut The History Of Future Folk.

Variance will take the film on limited US release commencing May 31 ahead of nationwide roll-out. FilmBuff will release the film on iTunes and across all digital platforms on Jun 4.


The History Of Future Folk tells the possibly exaggerated origin story of the real-life alien bluegrass band Future Folk.

Mitchell wrote and Walker produced the Maida Vale Films Production alongside Jon Bulette, Andrew Goldman and Smokey Nelson.