Archive for February, 2012

Oscilloscope Laboratories Books 28 HOTEL ROOMS, Requests Late Checkout for 26 of Them / February 16th, 2012

New York, NY (February 16, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired US rights to 28 HOTEL ROOMS, the debut feature from writer/director Matt Ross, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The film will be released in theaters nationally later this year preceded by a premium VOD release.

28 HOTELS ROOMS is a raw and candid look at an intense sexual affair that escalates from a one-night stand into a profound relationship.

Both Chris Messina and Marin Ireland turn out vulnerable and passionately honest performances and Ross’s adept writing and directing make for a powerful, immediate, and unexpected love story.

Of the acquisition, Ross said, “I speak for the whole team behind 28 HOTEL ROOMS when I say how absolutely thrilled we are that Oscilloscope Laboratories will be releasing our film. Their catalogue speaks volumes about the quality of independent voices they champion and we are all incredibly honored to be included in that illustrious company.”

The deal was closed out of Berlin. It was negotiated by David Fenkel and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content and Elsa Ramo on behalf of the filmmakers.

28 HOTEL ROOMS was written and directed by Matt Ross and stars Chris Messina and Marin Ireland. The film was produced by Lynette Howell, Louise Runge, and Samantha Housman and executive produced by Chris Messina, Andrew Meieran, Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, and Alex Sagalchik. Elle Driver is currently selling international territories at the European Film Market.

Oscilloscope Laboratories Gets In Bed With The Brooklyn Brothers, Plays With Children’s Instruments / February 8th, 2012

New York, NY (February 8, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, the debut feature from writer/director/star Ryan O’Nan, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere last week at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  The film will be released in theaters later this year.

TBBBTB follows underachiever Alex (O’Nan), recently dumped by his girlfriend, as he embarks on an impromptu road trip with his new bandmate, the eccentric Jim (Michael Weston).  By channeling their inner children and giving a new meaning to the term “lo-fi,” Alex and Jim find their unique style by bringing the sound of children’s instruments to their unexpecting fans.  Playing a series of bizarre shows and experiencing multiple near-disasters, Alex and Jim’s persistence takes them on a true coming-of-age journey – one that may be their last shot at achieving their childhood dreams.

TBBBTB will have a multi-city theatrical release accompanied by a number of live performances by The Brooklyn Brothers, the film-inspired band consisting of O’Nan and Weston.  A multi-platform digital and DVD release (as well as a soundtrack album released through Rhino) will follow.

Of the acquisition, O’Nan said, “I truly couldn’t be happier with Brooklyn Brothers finding its home with Oscilloscope.  I feel very lucky to have my film be with such a great team. O-Scope reminds me of my favorite record labels I grew up with in the music scene, the great indie labels I could always count on to sign interesting new bands and pour creativity into everything that surrounded the marketing and product as well.”

TBBBTB stars Ryan O’Nan, Michael Weston, and Arielle Kebbel, with Melissa Leo, Andrew McCarthy, Christopher McDonald, Jason Ritter, and Wilmer Valderrama.  It was produced by Jason Michael Berman and Kwesi Collisson and executive produced by Ruth Mutch, Sergio Agüero, Thomas B. Fore, Sandra R. Berman, and Mark G. Mathis.

The deal was negotiated by David Fenkel on behalf of Oscilloscope and International Creative Management and attorneys Larry Weinberg and Robert Fyvolent on behalf of the filmmakers.  Berman, O’Nan, and Ritter are represented by International Creative Management.  International rights are being represented by Eric Christenson of Hollywood Studios International, with the film screening this week at the European Film Market.

If a tree falls in the forest, does it win an Oscar? / February 2nd, 2012

Greetings all,

For those of you who haven’t heard, we’re very happy to share the news that
our beloved film IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT has
been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, making
it the 874th Oscar nomination in our company’s short history (we know, it
sounds strange, but somehow the math works, trust us).

With the nomination, IF A TREE FALLS will be returning for a handful of
special engagements at theaters around the country, so be sure to catch a
screening if there’s one coming up in your town.

You can find upcoming theatrical dates here:
http://www.oscilloscope.net/films/film/50/If-A-Tree-Falls-A-Story-of-the-Earth-Liberation-Front

And the trailer here:
http://youtu.be/QAGxy85R380

Given IF A TREE FALLS’ timeliness due the current Occupy Wall Street
movement, we think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is pretty
spot on to honor the film with a nomination.

Hey AMPAS, it’d be even cooler if it won!

Be sure to root for us at the big show on February 26th!

Sincerely,
Oscilloscope Laboratories