OSCILLOSCOPE FORGETS THE ORANGE JUICE, JUST ORDERS THE PULP / April 9th, 2014

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired US rights to Florian Habicht’s witty, innovative documentary PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH, AND SUPERMARKETS. The movie is an homage to the legendary titular band (perhaps the smartest and most charismatic in all of all Britpop) as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances and 10 million albums sold. PULP had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and will next screen at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. It will continue to play select festivals ahead of its release in theaters and across digital platforms.

Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, moving, and life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “We were enamored by PULP from the moment it started. As fans, we felt predisposed to appreciate it, but couldn’t have been more thrilled to experience a film that did so much more than simply showcase a band that we like. Florian proves himself as one of the great music documentarians, as he not only masterfully captures the world and music of Pulp, but gives voice to all the common people who love them and have supported them in their inspiring and unique success.

Filmmaker Florian Habicht said, “When I saw Pulp perform at Radio City in NYC exactly two years ago, I would never have dreamt I’d have my own film about them playing in cinemas in the U.S.We set out to make a film where the band isn’t the centre of the universe, since this approach seemed to be in line with Pulp’s own attitude to life and fame. So their home town and its inhabitants became a big part of the movie. I loved spending time in Sheffield and I loved spending time with the band, and hope that American audiences will too.”

PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH, AND SUPERMARKETS was produced by Alex Boden for Pistachio Pictures, with Hugo Heppell, Susan Jacobson, Will Clarke, Mike Runagall, Eve Gabereau, Edward Fletcher and Steve Milne of British Film Company serving as Executive Producers. PULP was made with the support of Screen Yorkshire through the Yorkshire Content Fund.

The deal was negotiated by O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub with Altitude Film Sales’ Mike Runagall on behalf of the producers.

OSCILLOSCOPE REMINISCES, DISCOVERS THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL / April 1st, 2014

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to Jason Miller’s THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL, an intimate, enlightening portrait of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal. The film, which is currently in post-production and is set to bow later this year, is the result of a passionate fanbase that brought the project to life through a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in nearly $100,000 in pledges.

THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible look at an artist – 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?

About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “As fans of of Montreal, we have been excited by this project since we first became aware of it via Kickstarter. 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.”

Filmmaker Jason Miller said, “I’m not sure if they actually liked the whole film, or just the scene with Kevin Barnes’ penis flapping around, but either way, I’m thrilled to release my first film with the infamous Oscilloscope Laboratories!”

of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes said, “It is difficult for me to be totally objective about the documentary, but I feel that it is a fairly unflinching and honest portrait of my life in music over the last twenty years.”

‘THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL’ was produced and edited by Jason Miller and Andrew Napier (producer of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning short film ‘Curfew’), executive produced by Matt Lunsford and Seth Hubbard of Polyvinyl Records and is a production of Shrine. For more information: ofmontrealmovie.com

OSCILLOSCOPE FORGES AHEAD, ACQUIRES “ART AND CRAFT”; FILM TO WORLD PREMIERE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL / March 26th, 2014

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American Rights to ART AND CRAFT, Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s deft, richly entertaining art caper doc. The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month and O-scope is planning a theatrical release in late summer/early fall.

ART AND CRAFT is the story of the charismatic, complex Mark Landis, perhaps the most prolific art forger in US history. For over 30 years, he’s duped curators throughout the country with precise imitations of a vast range of works, from fifteenth century masterpieces to Picasso. His actions are mysterious to many — while he could fetch millions on the open market, he donates his counterfeits for free, going so far as to pose in such guises as a Jesuit priest or a philanthropic donor. Enter Matthew Leininger, a registrar from Cincinnati who was conned by Landis years ago and who has been pursuing him obsessively ever since. What begins as a game of cat-and-mouse between Leininger and Landis eventually turns into something more surprising and complicated, proving once again that truth can be stranger than fiction.

About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “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. 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.”

Filmmakers Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman said, “We couldn’t have dreamed of a better home for this film. O-Scope embodies the perfect mix of mensch and mischievous; like our main subject — they are art and craft.”

Cullman previously co-directed the Academy Award® nominated documentary If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which was also released by O-Scope. Grausman is the director of the acclaimed documentary Pressure Cooker, which won awards at several film festivals and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Rounding out the filmmaking team is co-director Mark Becker, the director of Romantico (nominated for two independent Spirit Awards), Executive Producers Lisa Kleiner Chanoff and Bonni Cohen of Catapult Film Fund and Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman and Carolyn Hepburn of Motto Pictures. Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

OSCILLOSCOPE GETS BUZZED – TAPS SXSW AND ND/NF WITH ACQUISION OF BUZZARD / March 3rd, 2014

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to Joel Potrykus’ audacious, offbeat comedy, BUZZARD. The film has its World Premiere this Saturday at South by Southwest; it will then immediately go to NYC’s prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival at Lincoln Center. O-Scope plans further festival play followed by a theatrical release later this year.

BUZZARD follows a small-time scam artist named Marty, a caustic young man who makes ends meet by drifting from one small con to the next. When paranoia forces him out of a lousy temp job, he gets thrust on a journey that—after a brief stopover in his loser co-worker’s basement—ultimately brings him to Detroit with nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, a not-so-subtlety-modified Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper. It’s like Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger.

About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “BUZZARD is an incredible discovery – a contemporary and sophisticated look at the struggles bred from our capitalist society, told in a completely original, bitingly funny way. It also features the sexiest spaghetti-eating scene since Lady and the Tramp.”

Filmmaker Joel Potrykus said, “We’re all psyched to have Oscilloscope releasing our crazy movie. They get it. We’re out to slash the face of corporate America, one screen at a time. And we’re just looking for justice and a big bag of Doritos®.”

Potrykus won the Best Emerging Director and Best First Feature awards at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival for his previous film, APE. BUZZARD was produced by Michael Saunders, Ashley Young, Kevin Clancy, and Tim Saunders and represented by BGP Films’ Bill Straus.

OSCILLOSCOPE’S GOT SOUL; ACQUIRES SOUL OF A BANQUET / January 10th, 2014

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to Wayne Wang’s documentary SOUL OF A BANQUET, currently in production. The film, which had a special work-in-progress benefit screening in 2013 at the San Francisco Film Society, will premiere later in 2014.

Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. SOUL OF A BANQUET features interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Cecilia Chiang herself.

Wayne Wang is the director of more than 20 films that bring a literate and eclectic sensibility to stories about globalization. His directing credits include THE JOY LUCK CLUB, MAID IN MANHATTAN and A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS.

About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “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?”

Filmmaker Wayne Wang said, “Cecilia not only changed the face of American cuisine when she opened the Mandarin, she also made the very best potstickers when I arrived in San Francisco from Hong Kong. I’m looking forward to partnering with Oscilloscope to introduce Cecilia’s story and her sumptuous cooking to a new generation of foodies.”

SOUL OF A BANQUET was produced by Wang, Richard Wong and Jonathan Bing.