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Oscilloscope Picks Up Sundance Abortion Docu ‘After Tiller’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 10:51am PST

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. Read More »

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Oscilloscope Acquires Sundance Pic ‘A Teacher’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 9:59am PST
Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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Sundance: Oscilloscope Acquires Andrew Dosunmu’s ‘Mother Of George’

(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.

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Oscilloscope Acquires North American Rights To ‘Oma & Bella’ Documentary

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 7:24pm PDT

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.

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Still Standing Oscilloscope Acquires Rowan Athale’s ‘Wasteland’ For U.S. Release

By | Thursday October 18, 2012 @ 8:58am PDT
Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Only The Young’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 8:23pm PDT

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to Only The Young. The coming of age documentary follows three teens in a Recession-plaqued SoCal desert town. Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims directed Only The Young. The film premiered at this year’s True/False Film Festival. Only The Young went on to win the award for Best U.S. Feature at the AFI-Discovery Channel SilverDocs Documentary Festival. Derek Waters produced the film. Oscilloscope’s marketing, distribution and acquisitions chiefs David Laub and Dan Berger of negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group, who represented Tippet and Mims.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Samsara’

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 8:28pm PDT

Directed by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the “non-verbal” documentary Samsara was shot entirely on 70mm film. Oscilloscope Laboratories releases Samsara on August 24th:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Hello I Must Be Going’

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 Abbott co-star. Oscilloscope acquired rights in March and opens the film September 7. Here’s the trailer:

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Oscilloscope Takes U.S. Rights To ‘Reality’

By | Saturday May 26, 2012 @ 1:21pm PDT

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s Cannes competition film Reality, his first feature since 2008’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Gomorrah. Oscilloscope will take the film to additional festivals this fall with a theatrical, DVD, and digital release to follow early next year. Reality is a darkly comic portrait of Luciano, a fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on Big Brother leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. Reality was produced by Garrone and Domenico Procacci (Gomorrah), with Jean Labadie of Le Pacte as co-producer. Deal was negotiated by Dan Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello assisted by Garrone’s U.S. reps Bart Walker of Cinetic Media and Jeff Berg of ICM.

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Oscilloscope To Attend Cannes Despite Death Of Co-Founder Adam Yauch

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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R.I.P. Adam Yauch

By | Friday May 4, 2012 @ 10:43am PDT

Adam Yauch DeadAdam 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 »

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Oscilloscope President David Fenkel Shifting To Consulting Role

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 9:40am PDT

Oscilloscope David FenkelOscilloscope 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 have been promoted to jointly oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions. Berger has been at Oscilloscope since it launched four years ago, serving as Fenkel’s lieutenant in distribution, marketing and operations. Berger and Laub had worked with Fenkel at ThinkFilm, where they first collaborated with Oscilloscope founder Adam Yauch on distributing his film Awesome I Fuckin Shot That! in 2006. Laub has overseen acquisitions and distribution at Oscilloscope for the past three years.

“It’s been over four years since we started and the company continues to get stronger and stronger,” Fenkel said in the release announcing the moves. “I couldn’t be more excited for my friends Dan and David to be in positions to take O-Scope to the next level. Adam has been an amazing partner and important mentor for me, both personally and professionally. It’s been an honor to be involved with helping execute his vision for this unique and special company and I look forward to continuing my involvement.” The company has earned six Oscar nominations in four years and its upcoming releases include the LCD Soundsystem pic Shut Up And Play The Hits, the Baraka follow-up Samsara, and Todd Louiso’s Sundance title Hello I Must Be Going.

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Oscilloscope Acquires Doc ‘The Apple Pushers’

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 3:20pm PDT

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.

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Oscilloscope Takes U.S. Rights To ‘Samsara’ For Summer Release

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 11:23am PDT

Oscilloscope Samsara MovieSamsara is the follow up to 1992 documentary Baraka, a collection of expertly photographed scenes centering on the environment. Oscilloscope will open Samsara, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, in theaters this August. Here’s the release: Read More »

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Oscilloscope Takes North American Rights To Sundance’s ‘Hello I Must Be Going’

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 11:05am PST

Director Todd Louiso’s Hello I Must Be Going stars Melanie Lynskey (Two And A Half Men) in a story about a demoralized, recently divorced New York photographer who moves back in with her parents. Things begin to look up, however, after she begins an affair with a 19-year-old actor. The film co-stars Blythe Danner as her mother and newcomer Christopher Abbott as the love interest. Mary Jane Skalski and Hans Ritter produced the film from a script by Sarah Koskoff. WME Global’s Liesl Copland and Deb Mcintosh negotiated the deal with David Fenkel of Oscilloscope. The distributor will release the film theatrically later this year.

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Oscilloscope Takes U.S. Rights To ’28 Hotel Rooms’: Berlin

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 10:52am PST

The debut feature from writer/director Matt Ross had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month. It will have a national rollout later this year preceded by a premium VOD release. Elle Driver is currently selling international territories at the European Film Market. Starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland, 28 Hotel Rooms is a raw and candid look at an intense sexual affair that evolves from a one-night stand into a powerful relationship. David Fenkel and David Laub of Oscilloscope negotiated the deal at the Berlin International Film Festival with Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content and Elsa Ramo on behalf of the filmmakers. Lynette Howell, Louise Runge, and Samantha Housman produced and Messina, Andrew Meieran, Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, and Alex Sagalchik executive produced.

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Toronto: Andrea Arnold’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ To Oscilloscope

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 1:25pm PDT

New York, NY (September 14, 2011)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Andrea Arnold’s (Red Road and Fish Tank) Wuthering Heights. Oscilloscope plans to release the film theatrically in 2012, followed by releases on DVD and in multiple digital platforms.

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CANNES: Oscilloscope Acquires ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

Mike Fleming

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.

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Oscilloscope Taps Debra Fisher To Head Digital & TV Sales

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 10:53am PDT

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has hired Debra Fisher to run digital and TV sales at the New York-based indie distributor. She most recently Fisher was head of sales at Cinetic Media.

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