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. READ MORE »
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.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to After Tiller. The documentary debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Oscilloscope plans a nationwide theatrical release followed by VOD, digital, and other formats. Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, After Tiller looks at the lives and practices of the only four doctors in America who still perform third-trimester abortions. Specifically, the film examines the challenges and dangers they face in the aftermath of the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller in a church by an anti-abortionist. Tiller also performed the procedure. “Martha and Lana have created a moving and unique exploration of one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way. We were so impressed with their ability to present such a controversial issue with such respect and complexity, allowing the film to resonate equally for people both for and against the procedure,” said Oscilloscope’s David Laub and Dan Berger in a statement Friday. The film was screened at Sundance in January under heavy security.
BREAKING: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s feature directorial debut A Teacher, which premiered last month at Sundance and heads to Austin next for SXSW. The distributor plans a theatrical, video-on-demand and digital release later this year. The film stars Lindsay Burdge as an unraveling young high school teacher who starts an affair with one of her teenage students, played by Will Brittain. What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex—and dangerous as she begins to melt down.
(New York, NY) January 26, 2013-Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Andrew Dosunmu’s MOTHER OF GEORGE. The film made its world premiere this past week as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition in Sundance, to widespread critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response.
In the poetic and moving MOTHER OF GEORGE, Adenike (Danai Gurira) weds the charismatic Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), the owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn. Their traditional wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Adenike faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her desperate struggle to save her marriage. The film stars THE WALKING DEAD’s Gurira in the title role and veteran actor De Bankolé as her husband, and co-stars Yaya Alafia and Tony Okungbowa. This is Dosunmu’s second feature, following his critically heralded 2011 debut RESTLESS CITY.
New York, NY (November 1, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Alexa Karolinski’s acclaimed documentary “Oma and Bella.” The film made it’s world premiere this past winter at the Berlin International Film Festival, and has been garnering consistent praise throughout the year at festivals such as Hot Docs, Silverdocs, and the Woodstock Film Festival. It will receive its New York City Premiere On November 10th as part of Doc NYC. Oscilloscope is making the film available across online transactional platforms starting today, and will continue to play more festivals and organize special screenings throughout the coming months.
Just as founder Adam Yauch wanted it to when he knew he was dying of cancer, Oscilloscope Laboratories is still kicking even after the Beastie Boy and art film lover passed away in May. The distribution company just acquired U.S. rights to Rowan Athale’s Wasteland, which created a buzz when it premiered at Toronto. Oscilloscope will release next year. Athale made his directing debut on the heist film (resulting in a chase by agencies before WME signed him). A young Englishman recently released from prison recruits his three best friends and devises a complex scheme to rob the local drug kingpin who is responsible for the ex-con’s incarceration. Can he get revenge and win back his fed-up girlfriend? Attack The Block’s Luke Treadaway stars.
Todd Louiso’s Hello I Must Be Going opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival and drew rave reviews for lead actress Melanie Lynskey, who plays a recently divorced New York photographer who moves back in with her parents and starts an affair with a 19-year-old actor. Blythe Danner and Christopher …
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.
Related: R.I.P. Adam Yauch
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.)
Oscilloscope president and co-founder David Fenkel is stepping down from his post and moving to a consulting role at the indie film distributor, the company announced today. As part of the transition, Dan Berger and David Laub …
New York, New York (April 17, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Mary Mazzio’s documentary The Apple Pushers. Narrated by Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton, The Apple Pushers follows immigrant street vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into poor neighborhoods of New York City, where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge. These pushcart vendors, who have immigrated from all parts of the world and have sacrificed so much to come to the United States, are now part of an experiment in New York to help solve the food desert crisis and skyrocketing obesity rates in urban communities.