Archive for June, 2010

OSCILLOSCOPE ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO RICHARD SHEPARD’S JOHN CAZALE DOC “I KNEW IT WAS YOU” / June 22nd, 2010

Venerable Actor Played ‘Fredo’ in THE GODFATHER: PARTS I and II
DVD release planned before 2010 holiday season

New York, NY (June 22, 2010) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Richard Shepard’s (THE MATADOR, Emmy® Award-Winning director of Ugly Betty pilot) documentary I KNEW IT WAS YOU, which explores the life of the exceptional but little-known actor John Cazale. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO June 1, 2010. The film was produced by Brett Ratner and Stacey Reiss. O-Scope will release the DVD in the fall of 2010.

Cazale’s film career consisted of just five movies, but all of them were Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: THE GODFATHER, THE GODFATHER: PART II, THE CONVERSATION, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, and THE DEER HUNTER. He is remembered by his colleagues as one of the brightest talents of his day, but three decades after his promising career ended with his untimely death, Cazale is largely unknown the general public.

Featuring interviews with Hollywood legends such as Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Meryl Streep, and Sidney Lumet, as well as actors and filmmakers from a younger generation inspired by Cazale, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, and Brett Ratner, and including clips from Cazale’s movies and rarely seen photos and home video, I KNEW IT WAS YOU seeks to remedy the disparity of Cazale’s success with his relative anonymity.

Richard Shepard said, “It’s a thrill to have Oscilloscope release the DVD of I KNEW IT WAS YOU. Their passion and commitment to quality projects is evident in the care and creativity they put into each of their releases. This documentary was a labor of love for everyone involved, and it’s really nice that it continues with the DVD release. I’m very excited that movie fans everywhere will have a chance to learn about John Cazale, and his incredible craft of acting.”

Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope, said, “Oscilloscope is the Fredo of independent film, so it’s an honor to put this film out.”

OSCILLOSCOPE ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO ‘WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN’ / June 2nd, 2010

Burroughs doc is an insightful look at the revolutionary author, will be released Fall 2010
Doc will Premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens 2010-2011 Season

New York, NY (June 2, 2010) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Yony Leyser’s fascinating documentary, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN, a tender and vibrant portrait of the life and work of the Beat author and American icon. The film premiered at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in the Fall of 2010 followed by a DVD and digital release. WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN will also have a broadcast premiere as part of the PBS Independent Lens series during the 2010/2011 season.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.

Burroughs was one of the first writers to break the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950’s. His novel Naked Lunch is one of the most recognized and respected literary works of the 20th century and has influenced generations of artists. The intimate documentary breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time.

David Fenkel, Oscilloscope partner, said, “Yony has managed to make a film that captures so much of what Burroughs was about and what he means to so many people.”

Yony Leyser said, “Oscilloscope manages to balance releases that are not only artistic, but also socially conscious and culturally relevant, and PBS’s Independent Lens series is an inspiring venue for new voices in world cinema. I’m excited that this film is being released by them, and I think Burroughs would be too.”

Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Producer stated, “Independent Lens is very pleased to premiere WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN in our 2010-2011 season. Our broadcast will introduce a new generation to Burroughs’ writings, and allow audiences already familiar with his work to uncover new details about the troubled, brilliant world of one of the great authors of the last century. Yony Leyser has created an artistic, innovative film worthy of this complex, influential, and ultimately fascinating man.”

Josh Braun and Jason Janego of Submarine negotiated both deals with David Fenkel on behalf of Oscilloscope and Lois Vossen on behalf of Independent Lens. George Rush provided legal services on behalf of the filmmaker.