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OSCILLOSCOPE PICKS UP AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “THE KILL TEAM” / August 20th, 2013

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Academy Award®-nominated director Dan Krauss’ powerful and incendiary documentary THE KILL TEAM. THE KILL TEAM premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim, and won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. The film has also screened at HotDocs, AFI Docs, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, where it picked up yet another jury prize. Oscilloscope will release the film in 2014.

Equal parts infuriating and illuminating, THE KILL TEAM looks at the devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever.

With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case – including Private Winfield, his passionately supportive parents, and Winfield’s startlingly candid compatriots in the so-called “Kill Team”— Krauss expertly constructs a film that is a balanced and nuanced look at the personal stories so often lost inside the larger coverage of the longest war in US history.

About the acquisition, O-scope’s David Laub and Dan Berger said, “THE KILL TEAM is an extraordinarily powerful and brave film. It perfectly balances the political with the personal, and is one of the most honest, heartbreaking, and important documentaries we have ever seen. We are extremely proud to be behind this film and to be bringing this absolutely essential story to a wider audience.”

Filmmaker Dan Krauss said, “Oscilloscope is an amazing curator of films that grab you emotionally and then make you think. To have THE KILL TEAM become a part of this tradition is an extraordinary honor.”

The creative team includes executive producers Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures and Deborah Hoffman and producer Linda Davis.

OSCILLOSCOPE DEVELOPS ACNE, CHALLENGES AUTHORITY; Acquires North American Rights to TEENAGE / August 15th, 2013

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to TEENAGE , a hypnotic living collage on the genesis of youth culture from director Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: a Portrait of Arthur Russell). TEENAGE is a production of Cinereach (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and based on the best-selling book Teenage: The Pre-History of Youth Culture 1875-1945 by Jon Savage. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at Hot Docs and AFI Docs (among others). O-Scope will continue a robust festival run prior to its 2014 release in theaters and across all other platforms.

Once, ‘Teenagers’ didn’t exist. But then, they were invented. With a changing tide the world over and a struggle erupting between adults and youth the Concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn’t matter – they were all a new idea of youth. They were all ‘Teenagers.’

“Mesmerizing…Wolf innovates a radically different format to create an intimate and personal history of an emerging demographic across four decades.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices (provided by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, Jessie Usher) lifted from early 20th century diary entries. Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) punctuates the narrative with a contemporary score.

“Passing before the screen like a dream, enhanced by the ambient swirl of Bradford Cox’s original soundtrack, the film stitches together an astounding collection…a stylish and clever end-run around the “Ken Burns effect.” – Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “TEENAGE is an incredibly unique, incredibly profound film about a subject as strange as it is relatable. Matt’s intelligent and nuanced handling of an inexhaustible wealth of material is a testament to his talent and precision as a filmmaker, and we all get to reap the benefits of that. ”

Matt Wolf said, “Oscilloscope thinks outside of the box with documentaries, and that’s where we want to be. I look forward to prolonging my adolescence with them.”

TEENAGE was produced by Ben Howe & Kyle Martin and executive produced by Philipp Engelhorn & Michael Raisler and Jason Schwartzman.

O-SCOPE HOPS THE TURNSTILE, WILL STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS IN 2014 / August 7th, 2013

(New York, NY) August 6, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s gripping, award-winning drama STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS, the story of a lost boy shot on location in the New York City subways. After premiering to great acclaim at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (where it won the Special Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Section), the film had its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and will next be seen in Sundance’s inaugural NEXT WEEKEND festival, which takes place August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Oscilloscope will release the film in 2014.

Directed by Fleischner from a script by Rose Lichter-Mark and Micah Bloomberg, STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. While his mother frantically searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York’s underground (including some scenes shot during Hurricane Sandy, which came to figure into the film’s story), resulting in a truly authentic view into both the wonders and the horrors of what lies below.

The movie was hailed by critics upon its premiere, including Stephen Holden of the New York Times, who wrote that it was “as intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time” and that it is “completely, exhilaratingly alive.”

About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “We knew this film was an ideal fit for us the moment we saw it. Not only does it showcase the work of an exciting young filmmaker and tell a compelling, original story, but it is also a quintessential New York film, capturing the mood and feel of the city in a way few films do any more. We’re thrilled to have it join our roster.”

Filmmaker Sam Fleischner said, “From the beginning, I was hoping that Oscilloscope would become the home for Stand Clear of The Closing Doors. Their enthusiastic response feels auspicious and I’m really happy to have my film with a distributor that celebrates fresh cinema.”

The film was produced by production companies M ss ng P eces and SeeThink Films, and producers Andrew Neel, Veronica Nickel, Dave Saltzman and Craig Shilowich.

OSCILLOSCOPE ROLLS UP PANTS, PREPARES TO WHITEWASH AUDIENCES // Acquires Award-Winning Tribeca Thriller WHITEWASH / May 14th, 2013

(New York, NY) May 14, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ WHITEWASH, which just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best New Narrative Director Award. The darkly comic thriller, starring Thomas Haden Church, generated significant acclaim and buzz out of Tribeca. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically and across all digital platforms.

In the film, Haden Church plays Bruce, a down-on-his-luck and recently unemployed plow operator in a small, snowy Canadian town. When Bruce accidentally kills a man In the midst of an angry rampage with his snowplow, he must deal with the consequences. Both intense and entertaining, WHITEWASH simultaneously explores the internalized guilt and frustration Bruce is harboring, and his external battle with the rugged wintry terrain he is faced with as he attempts to escape his situation. Hoss-Desmarais brilliantly juxtaposes Bruce’s increasingly fraught emotional state to the harshly beautiful winter of rural Quebec, and Haden Church carries the film with a completely unique performance that is raw, funny, and consistently engaging.

About the acquisition, David Laub and Dan Berger from Oscilloscope said, “We are thrilled to be bringing WHITEWASH to a wide audience. The film is an incredible discovery and a remarkable showcase of both the talent of first-time feature director Hoss-Desmarais and the performance of Thomas Haden Church, who is absolutely exceptional in a demanding and complex role. It’s exactly the kind of unique and special film we love to champion.”

Filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais says, “It’s really exciting to join a cool team like Oscillloscope. It’s clear they’re motivated in releasing unique and innovating films. Now I just can’t wait for Americans to discover Thomas Haden Church’s performance.”

The film was produced by Luc Dery and Kim McCraw of micro_scope. The deal was negotiated by David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope with Charlotte Mickie of Entertainment One (eOne) on behalf of the filmmakers. Currently, eOne is actively selling the film in Cannes.

OSCILLOSCOPE’S GETTIN’ HITCHED (OR NOT?) / April 24th, 2013

(New York, NY) April 24, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Victor Quinaz’s debut feature, BREAKUP AT A WEDDING.  A co-production of Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, and Neal Dodson’s Before The Door Pictures (MARGIN CALL, upcoming Cannes entry ALL IS LOST) and Anonymous Content (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, WINTER’S BONE), the film will be released on June 18th across all cable VOD and digital platforms, with select event screenings and a college tour leading up to the release

Seen through the lens of an ambitious wedding videographer (played by the director, Victor Quinaz), BREAKUP AT A WEDDING gives us the nuptials of Alison Jones (Alison Fyhrie) and Phil Havemeyer (Philip Quinaz, the director’s real-life younger brother) in all of its sprawling, messy, and often wildly inebriated glory.  On the eve of their wedding, Alison gets cold feet and decides to break up with her fiancé Phil. But rather than face the embarrassment of calling off the ceremony, Alison suggests to Phil that they proceed with a sham wedding. Phil is more than game to try, secretly hoping that a surprise gift he has for Alison will ultimately change her mind.

BREAKUP AT A WEDDING was written and directed by Victor Quinaz. His then fiancé/now wife Anna Martemucci along with his brother Phillip Quinaz co- wrote the script and all three also appear in the cast of the ensemble feature. Quinaz and Martemucci said “We’re thrilled to be associated with a company we’ve long admired. Also honored that BREAKUP AT A WEDDING will have the distinction of being the Oscilloscope movie with the highest number of on-screen chocolate fountains.”

O-Scope’s David Laub and Dan Berger said, “BREAKUP AT A WEDDING perfectly captures the insanity surrounding most weddings and then amplifies it to the absurd and hysterical, yet somehow always manages to be both poignant and relatable.  Victor and Anna are wonderfully talented and creative filmmakers and we’re delighted to be dipping into their chocolate fountain.”

Producer Zachary Quinto, further added, “Victor and Anna are innovative, articulate, and passionate about their ambitions, both creatively and professionally, and we are honored to bring their work to a larger audience”

BREAKUP AT A WEDDING is a PERIODS. film, directed by Victor Quinaz and written by Anna Martemucci, Victor Quinaz and Philip Quinaz. The film was a co-production with Scott Robinson’s Robinson Films, Inc. Quinaz and Martemucci are repped by United Talent Agency and Anonymous Content.