EXCLUSIVE: Art forger Mark Landis has been plying his talents for three decades, creating masterful knock-offs of some of the greatest painted works in history and skirting the law by donating his forgeries to museums and collections around the world – for free. His work, psyche, and motivations, along with the efforts of one dogged museum registrar to bring him down in the name of authenticity, are the subject of Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s upcoming documentary Art and Craft. Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up the film in March before it premiered at Tribeca and now Deadline’s got the exclusive trailer (watch it below).
Oscilloscope Laboratories has taken North American rights to the Elle Fanning-John Hawkes starrer Low Down. Pic tracks the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany as seen through the eyes of his daughter Amy-Jo, who watched as her father struggled with heroin addiction in the 1960s and 1970s. Helmed by longtime DP Jeff Preiss in his feature directorial debut, Low Down premiered at Sundance in January where it won the fest’s cinematography award, and its next stop on the festival circuit is June’s BAM CinemaFest in New York. Topper Lilien scripted with Amy-Jo Albany from her memoirs, with Red Hot Chili Peppers rockers Anthony Kiedis and Flea throwing their weight behind the project as exec producers. Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Taryn Manning, Glenn Close, Flea, and Caleb Landry Jones also star. Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions and Mindy Goldberg of Epoch Films produced the film. Amy-Jo Albany, Burton Ritchie, Win McCormack, Flea, Kiedis, and Daniel-Konrad Cooper are executive producers. UTA Independent Film Group’s Bec Smith negotiated the deal with attorney Linda Lichter on behalf of the filmmakers.
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal centers on the Athens, GA-based indie pop band of Montreal and is in postproduction after a Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $95,000. Oscilloscope has acquired worldwide rights to the Jason Miller-helmed pic, and plans to release it this year. The movie focuses on frontman Kevin Barnes, whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him — family and bandmates alike — he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question is this really worth it? “As fans of of Montreal, we have been excited by this project since we first became aware of it via Kickstarter,” Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said today in announcing the pickup. “We were exceptionally pleased when The Past Is A Grotesque Animal turned out to be an incredibly well-made, relatable film and are extremely excited to come on board at this early stage to unleash it upon the masses.”
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired documentary Art and Craft ahead of its Tribeca Film Festival debut next month. The company is planning a theatrical release later this year. The docu profiles Mark Landis, a still-active art forger who donates his counterfeit works to museums, as he’s tracked down by a registrar he’s duped and revealed to suffer from schizophrenia. The film is from directors Sam Cullman, who was Oscar-nominated as co-director of 2011′s If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, and Jennifer Grausman, who helmed the Emmy-nommed 2008 docu Pressure Cooker.“We’ve been discussing Art and Craft for some time and as excited as we were to see it, nothing could have prepared us for how blown away we’d be, said Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub today. “Sam and Jennifer, along with co-director Mark Becker, capture these amazing characters with the perfect mixture of humor and heart, resulting in one of the most entertaining and moving documentaries we’ve seen in years. We’re honored that they have chosen to work with us on it.” Co-directer Becker also edited the film which is produced by Cullman and Grausman. Attorney Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard negotiated for the filmmakers in the deal.
Joel Potrykus‘ comedy Buzzard is set to world premiere this Saturday at SXSW. Today Oscilloscope Laboratories announced it acquired North American rights to the pic which follows a small-time scam artist named Marty who makes ends meet by drifting from one small con to the next. Buzzard was produced by Michael Saunders, Ashley Young, Kevin Clancy, and Tim Saunders and represented by BGP Films’ Bill Straus. After its premiere at SXSW, it will screen at New Directors/New Films Festival at NYC’s Lincoln Center. O-Scope plans further festival play followed by a theatrical release later this year.
EXCLUSIVE: The documentary’s not finished yet but it already has a place at the Oscilloscope Laboratories table. The company announced today that they’ve acquired the worldwide rights to the still in production Soul Of A Banquet. Directed by Joy Luck Club and Maid In Manhattan helmer Wayne Wang, the pic looks at the life and legacy of restaurateur Cecilia Chiang. Opening The Mandarin in San Francisco in 1961, Chang brought authentic Chinese cuisine to the U.S. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to bring Wayne’s deeply touching and wonderfully delicious portrait to audiences. It’s a late Christmas gift to O-Scope – and what better way for two Jewish boys to celebrate Christmas than with Chinese food?,” said the company’s Dan Berger and David Laub today in a statement. The pic is produced by Wang, Richard Wong and Jonathan Bing. Oscilloscope plan to debut Soul Of A Banquet later this year.
It’s just under a month until the 2014 Sundance Film Festival kicks off, but today Oscilloscope Laboratories made its first acquisition. The company picked up the 95-second short film Tim And Susan Have Matching Handguns, described as “love is swapping clips with your spouse in the middle of a three-gun problem.” The pic directed by Joe Callander is scheduled to have its world premiere at the fest as part of the Documentary section of the Short Film lineup announced last week. “Tim and Susan is a remarkably assured, economical, and entertaining film. Joe’s deft filmmaking and Tim and Susan’s undeniable connection will warm the cockles of your heart. We’re gonna figure out a way to put this film in front of your faces,” said Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub in a statement today. No details on the deal for the short, produced by Dave Munson, Suzette Munson and Saddleback Leather, were revealed. The 30th anniversary of the festival, which runs from January 16-26 in Utah, will see 66 short films screened.
Oscilloscope Laboratories today acquired the domestic rights to Coherence. A winner at this year’s Fantastic Fest, where Coherence premiered, the company plans to release the indie sci-fi thriller both theatrically and online next year after its festival run. The directorial debut of James Byrkit, the pic won the Next Wave Best Screenplay at Fantastic Fest in September. The film follows an odd night of an astrological anomaly where a dinner party turns very strange for eight friends. “Coherence is an incredibly smart, incredibly original, and incredibly impressive debut,” Oscilloscope’s David Laub and Dan Berger said in a statement today. “With hints of a low-budget sci-fi mindfuck like Primer and a deep, engaging, and emotionally resonant take on interpersonal relationships channeling the depth of Woody Allen at his best, it’s without a doubt unlike anything we’ve seen previously.” Director Byrkit is represented by Gersh, who co-repped domestic rights with P. Jennifer Dana. The deal was negotiated on behalf of filmmakers by P. Jennifer Dana. Independent Sales are repping the pic internationally at AFM.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Our Day Will Come, Romain Gavras’ debut feature starring Vincent Cassel and Olivier Barthélémy. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Our Day Will Come centers on two outcast redheads – a bullied teen and a psychologist — who head off to Ireland where they believe the color of their hair will be embraced. Instead their quest for freedom descends into a rampage of violence and destruction. O-scope will release on all digital platforms on October 22nd.
Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Dan Krauss’s war docu The Kill Team, which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to nab the fest’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. The Kill Team tracks the story of Private Adam Winfield, a soldier in Afghanistan who attempted to blow the whistle on war crimes within his platoon, to no avail. Motto Pictures’ Julie Goldman exec produced alongside Deborah Hoffman, with Linda Davis producing. The Kill Team also hit the fest circuit at at HotDocs and AFI Docs and won the jury prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Oscilloscope will release the film in 2014.
Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired North American rights to Matt Wolf-directed Teenage, based on Jon Savage‘s best-selling book Teenage: The Pre-History Of Youth Culture 1875-1945. Teenage world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at Hot Docs and AFI Docs, among others. O-scope is planning a heavy festival run prior to its 2014 release in theaters and across all other platforms. The film is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices, provided by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, and Jessie Usher, lifted from early 20th century diary entries. Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) wrote the score. Teenage was produced by Ben Howe and Kyle Martin and executive produced by Philipp Engelhorn, Michael Raisler and Jason Schwartzman.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan made his debut at SXSW with 12 O’Clock Boys, a docu following the eponymous inner-city Baltimore dirt bike gang and a youngster named Pug who’s obsessed with joining their ranks. Nathan won the Hot Docs HBO Emerging Artist Award for the pic which has been described as “The Wire with wheelies” for its snapshot of a lifestyle filled with reckless stunting and high-speed antics. Nathan, Eric Blair, Taylor Gillespie, and John Kassab produced the film which Oscilloscope snatched up out of SXSW with a rather memorable line from director Nathan: “Oscilloscope’s great. I really hope they don’t f*&k this up.” 12 O’Clock Boys screens tomorrow in NYC at Rooftop Films and Saturday in LA at the Sundance NEXT Weekend festival. O-scope opens the pic in early 2014. Watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear Of the Closing Doors, the story of a lost boy shot on location in the New York City subways. The film won the Special Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Section at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Karlovy International Film Fest. Directed by Fleischner from a script by Rose Lichter-Marck and Micah Bloomberg, Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. While his mother frantically searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York’s underground (including some scenes shot during Hurricane Sandy, which came to figure into the film’s story), resulting in a truly authentic view into both the wonders and the horrors of what lies below. The film will next be seen in Sundance’s Next Weekend festival which takes place August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Oscilloscope will release the film in 2014.
Hannah Fidell‘s debut feature premiered at Sundance this year and stars Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain as a high school teacher and the student with which begins an affair. Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A Teacher follows Burdge’s Diana as she becomes consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired the film right after Sundance and will release it theatrically September 6 and and on-demand August 20. Here’s the first trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Laboratories is prescribing a summer release for drug docu Off Label, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s profile of the dangers of runaway pharmaceutical culture. The film debuted at Tribeca and examines the “overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America” through the stories of people across the US affected by and dependent on prescription meds such as Adderall, Ambien, Zoloft, and Prozac. Off Label will be released theatrically and on digital platforms August 9 and is produced by Anish Savjani and Vincent Savino of filmscience and by Palmieri and Mosher for Wishbone Films. Check out the film’s poster, exclusive to Deadline:
Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. rights to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ Whitewash, starring Thomas Haden Church. The pic world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best New Narrative Director Award. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically and across all digital platforms. In the film, Haden Church plays Bruce, a down-on-his-luck and recently unemployed plow operator in a small, snowy Canadian town. When Bruce accidentally kills a man In the midst of an angry rampage with his snowplow, he must deal with the consequences. Whitewash simultaneously explores the internalized guilt and frustration Bruce is harboring, and his external battle with the rugged wintry terrain he is faced with as he attempts to escape his situation.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Victor Quinaz’s debut feature Breakup At A Wedding. Quinaz directs, stars, and also co-wrote the script with his wife Anna Martemucci and brother Phillip Quinaz. The pic will be released June 18 across all cable VOD and digital platforms, with select event screenings and a college tour leading up to the release. Seen through the lens of an ambitious wedding videographer (Victor Quinaz), Breakup At A Wedding centers on the nuptials of Alison Jones (Alison Fyhrie) and Phil Havemeyer (Philip Quinaz). On the eve of their wedding, Alison gets cold feet and decides to break up, but rather than face the embarrassment of calling off the ceremony, she suggests that they proceed with a sham wedding. Phil is more than game to try, secretly hoping that a surprise gift he has for Alison will ultimately change her mind. The film was produced by Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson’s Before The Door Pictures, and Anonymous Content. Co-produced by Scott Robinson’s Robinson Films. Quinaz and Martemucci are repped by UTA and Anonymous Content.
Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired North American rights to Lotfy Nathan’s debut feature 12 O’Clock Boys, which premiered at SXSW. It is next slated to screen at the Hot Docs and Full Frame documentary festivals, among others. O-Scope will continue to roll the film out to more festivals before its theatrical, DVD, and digital releases.
The 12 O’Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore. Converging in groups and invading the streets, they dangerously — yet magnificently — make their presence known as they pop wheelies and weave in and out of traffic at excessive speeds, all the while taunting the police who must obey a self-imposed “no chase” rule for fear of endangering the public. Nathan frames the three-years-in-the-making narrative through the eyes of the adolescent Pug — a kid from the Westside eager to join the 12 O’Clock Boys’ ranks. Pug reveres the Boys’ every move, and Nathan follows this young man through some of the most pivotal years of his life, providing a compelling and intimate personal story within the broader depiction of the wild, dynamic world of the 12 O’Clock Boys.
EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Sleepwalk With Me) earned her first Independent Spirit Award nomination last year for her turn as a Las Vegas woman struggling to care for her daughter in About Sunny, but things have been quiet for the pic following its Toronto Film Fest 2011 debut. Today Oscilloscope announced it has picked up North American rights to the Bryan Wizemann-directed indie drama, which originally premiered under the title Think Of Me. Penelope Ann Miller and Dylan Baker co-star opposite Ambrose, who also produced with Mike S. Ryan and Blythe Robertson. Alicia Van Couvering co-produced and Brent Stiefel of Votiv Films and Peter C. Selig executive produced the film. Oscilloscope has set a cable/VOD and digital release for March 19.
Watch Oscilloscope’s new trailer for About Sunny exclusively on Deadline: