Oscilloscope Pictures will be buying at the Cannes Film Festival this year despite the death today of company founder Adam Yauch. Dan Berger and David Laub, who just a day ago were promoted to jointly oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions for the indie film company, will attend this month’s festival, Deadline has learned. Debra Fisher, who runs digital and TV sales for the company, also is headed to Cannes. Oscilloscope president David Fenkel, who co-founded the indie distributor with Yauch, will not attend because of a family matter. The plan Thursday to elevate Berger and Laub called for Fenkel to segue into a consulting role at the company. That will remain the case, though after Yauch’s passing he will be more heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the New York-based company than previously thought. Oscilloscope has been self-sufficient for more than three years.
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Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys singer who went on to found indie film company Oscilloscope Laboratories, has died of cancer. He was 47. Yauch, who went by the stage name MCA, has been in treatment for the disease since 2009. He did not join bandmates Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz at the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month due to his condition. Yesterday, Oscilloscope announced that president and co-founder David Fenkel was stepping aside and moving to a consulting role at the company that he and Yauch founded in 2008. As part of the transition, Dan Berger and David Laub were promoted; the two worked with Fenkel at ThinkFilm, where they first collaborated with Yauch on distributing his Beasties documentary Awesome I Fuckin Shot That! in 2006. (UPDATE: Deadline has learned that Fenkel will now be more involved than expected after Yauch’s passing.) Read More »
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to We Need to Talk About Kevin, the Lynne Ramsay-directed pic that was a competition film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Oscilloscope will release the film in the winter, with an awards campaign.
The acquisition was made from Luc Roeg’s Independent Film Company. The film got mixed reaction at the festival, not surprising considering its subject matter. Basically, it is a thriller revolving around parents (John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton) who have to grapple the with ramifications of a heinous act committed by their evil 15-year-old son (Ezra Miller). Oscilloscope head Adam Yauch called the film “the most intense thriller I’ve seen since Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.” Deal was brokered by Cinetic’s Bart Walker and John Sloss. Ramsay wrote the script with Rory Stewart Kinnear from the Lionel Shriver novel.
I’ve been so busy breaking Toronto deals that I didn’t note right away an Oscilloscope press release: it has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt’s Western drama Meek’s Cutoff. Adam Yauch previously distributed Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy in 2008. Pic premiered during Toronto and will be released next year. Cinetic Media sold it.
James Franco continues to blaze the most unusual career path, though unlike Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre hip hop foray, Franco’s eclectic moves seem to be leading somewhere. Oscilloscope Laboratories has just acquired Saturday Night, Franco’s feature docu directorial debut that follows a week in the making of an episode of Saturday Night Live, one that was hosted by John Malkovich.
The film begins with the show’s Tuesday morning pitch meeting, and Franco’s cameras follow the writers and actors through all the coffee-fueled late night writing and rehearsal sessions, as gags are rejected and embraced. The film concludes after the show’s closing credits, to give a sense of what goes into the weekly live program. Is there enough here for a feature? Oscilloscope chief and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch sure thinks so.
“SNL is my mother fuckin’ shit, and James is my mother fuckin’ man,” Yauch opined. Franco called Yauch an inspiration since the actor was 16 and listening to Yauch’s raps. “Everyone at Rabbit Bandini is extremely excited to be working with Oscilloscope, one of the coolest companies in the industry.”
The film, produced by Franco’s Rabbit Bandini cohorts Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette, will be released early next year. It debuted at SXSW. Franco met Yauch when the latter acquired Howl, in which Franco plays Allen Ginsberg. That film will be released in theaters and VOD on September 24.
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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories has closed a U.S. rights deal for Monogamy, the narrative film directing debut of Dana Adam Shapiro which stars Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Meital Dohan (Weeds). Shapiro, best known for directing the documentary Murderball, brought the film to the Tribeca Film Festival for its world premiere. It won the Best New York Narrative Award. Oscilloscope will release the pic in early 2011.
A wedding photographer (Messina) eases his anxiety about his impending marriage by establishing a hobby in which he’s hired by clients to shoot clandestine photos of them. He becomes obsessed with one of those clients, a sexy exhibitionist (Dohan) he begins stalking day and night. What he sees leaves him confronting uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home. Submarine repped the US rights.