Archive for February, 2013

IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT SUNNY AT OSCILLOSCOPE // O-Scope Acquires Spirit Nominated, Lauren Ambrose-starrer ABOUT SUNNY / February 27th, 2013

(New York, NY) February 27, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Bryan Wizemann’s ABOUT SUNNY, which stars Lauren Ambrose (SIX FEET UNDER, SLEEPWALK WITH ME) in a role that earned her widespread acclaim and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (under the title THINK OF ME), and has since gone on to play other esteemed festivals such as The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the Independent Film Festival of Boston, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature. O-Scope will release the film on Cable VOD and all digital platforms on March 19th.

“Ambrose is on-screen for virtually every second, emanating a gorgeous, doomed charisma, and holds you in suspense the whole way…it’s a worthwhile recession-era drama built around a terrific performance.”
– Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

ABOUT SUNNY is a suspenseful drama about Angela, a struggling, single mother in Las Vegas who is trying to hold her life together for her daughter Sunny. As her life spirals out of control, Angela finally reaches a breaking point and is faced with an impossible choice: can she give up what she loves most for the promise of a better life for Sunny? An emotionally gripping character piece that shows us Angela’s heart-wrenching dilemma with both immediacy and compassion, ABOUT SUNNY is moving and deeply resonant, and features a career-defining performance from Ambrose which has already garnered significant critical acclaim by many top-tier critics.

“The sensitive and versatile Lauren Ambrose is positively devastating in ABOUT SUNNY… She is heartbreaking without a shred of self-pity, and ABOUT SUNNY is a sad, wrenching but admirably unsentimental film about the bravery of the human condition.”
– Rex Reed, New York Observer

ABOUT SUNNY co-stars Dylan Baker (2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, HAPPINESS), Penelope Ann Miller (THE ARTIST, CARLITO’S WAY), and introduces Audrey Scott as “Sunny.” The film was produced by Mike S. Ryan, Blythe Robertson, and Ambrose and co-produced by Alicia Van Couvering. Executive producers are Brent Stiefel of Votiv Films and Peter C. Selig.

OSCILLOSCOPE’S VINE DISTRIBUTION A DISASTER // Vine Premiere of IT’S A DISASTER Crashes And Burns / February 20th, 2013

(New York, NY) February 20, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it will no longer be distributing feature films via Vine, “a new mobile service that lets you create and share beautiful, short looping videos.” Vine (which was recently acquired by Twitter), launched on January 24th and has quickly become one of the most popular apps in the iTunes App Store. O-Scope, in an unprecedented move, shocked the industry and the nation when they released their upcoming video-on-demand, digital, and theatrical title IT’S A DISASTER on Vine yesterday in hundreds of six second segments.

Always with an eye on groundbreaking initiatives, Oscilloscope’s Minister of Informative Updates, Bruce Farnsworth, said about the failed venture, “From the moment it launched just three short weeks ago, we thought that six-second loops of video, edited in-phone, and posted in real time was and will be the future of film distribution. We were wrong. We were very, very wrong.”

The groundbreaking and trend-setting initiative, which will likely not result in any trends, crashed and burned shortly after its initiation. Oscilloscope, still plans a March 5th digital and VOD release and an April 12th theatrical bow, as was initially planned.

“My bad,” apologetically added Farnsworth. He is now on temporary (paid) administrative leave.

Never ones to shy away from the unknown, Oscilloscope will continue to work on distributing films in all media and by all means and methods now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity. They continue to acquire distribution rights for the previously unexploited territory of The Moon.

OSCILLOSCOPE GROWS SOME! Distrib Set To Be First Company To Release Feature On VINE / February 19th, 2013

(New York, NY) February 19, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it will be the first film distribution company to undertake feature film releasing via Vine, “a new mobile service that lets you create and share beautiful, short looping videos.” Vine (which was recently acquired by Twitter), launched on January 24th and has quickly become one of the most popular apps in the iTunes App Store.

Always with an eye on groundbreaking initiatives, Oscilloscope’s Minister of Informative Updates, Bruce Farnsworth, said about the venture, “From the moment it launched just three short weeks ago, it was so clear to us that six-second loops of video, edited in-phone, and posted in real time was and will be the future of film distribution. While we still endeavor to release films via some other methods, we didn’t want to be left out in the cold and we are proud to be an early adopter of tomorrow, early.”

The groundbreaking and trend-setting initiative will kick off with Todd Berger’s Doomsday comedy, IT’S A DISASTER, starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera. Oscilloscope, which planned a March 5th digital and VOD release and an April 12th theatrical bow, has since bolstered that schedule with the addition of a Vine release today, at 4:30pm –ish EST. The digital/VOD and theatrical dates remain unchanged.

Starting at 4:30pm-ish EST, you can watch IT’S A DISASTER on Oscilloscope Laboratories’ Vine account, or via their twitter:
http://twitter.com/oscopelabs/

Todd Berger commented, “Jean-Luc Godard once said that he pities French cinema because it has no money and American cinema because it has no ideas. Well this is certainly an idea.”

Never one to shy away from the unknown, Oscilloscope is currently working on distributing films in all media and by all means and methods now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity. The future is now. We will also be actively acquiring distribution rights for the previously unexploited territory of The Moon.

OSCILLOSCOPE EXPLORES LIFE “AFTER TILLER” // Acclaimed Doc Set For Awards Qualifying and Theatrical Release / February 16th, 2013

(New York, NY) February 15, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Martha Shane’s and Lana Wilson’s directorial debut AFTER TILLER. The film premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival to universal acclaim. It is scheduled to screen next at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. O-scope plans a nationwide theatrical release for the film followed by video-on-demand, digital, and home entertainment formats.

AFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.

O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “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.”

The filmmakers, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope, and look forward to launching the film with them. We made AFTER TILLER to shed more light, rather than more heat, on this issue, and know that Oscilloscope’s smart, sensitive approach will get it out to the widest audience possible.”

The film was written by Shane, Wilson, and Greg O’Toole and produced by Shane and Wilson. David Laub and Dan Berger of O-scope negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

OSCILLOSCOPE IS HOT FOR “A TEACHER” // Sundance Favorite Scheduled For Release This Year / February 13th, 2013

(New York, NY) February 13, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s feature directorial debut A TEACHER. The film premiered last month to critical and audience acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and is headed to Austin next month where it will play South By Southwest. O-Scope plans a theatrical, video-on-demand and digital release later this year.

Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A TEACHER explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex—and dangerous—as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment.

O-Scope’s David Laub and Dan Berger said, “A TEACHER is a remarkably assured debut, and demonstrates two immense new talents, one in front of and one behind the camera. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the film into O-Scope’s ranks and present it to the world.”

Hannah Fidell said, “We’re so thrilled to be joining the Oscilloscope family. Their films represent everything we love about cinema and we are honored A TEACHER has found such an ideal home.”

A TEACHER was produced by Kim Sherman and Hannah Fidell.

The deal was negotiated by David Laub and Dan Berger for Oscilloscope with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM Partners also represents Hannah Fidell and Lindsay Burdge.