FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oscilloscope Laboratories acquires multi award-winning film, BURMA VJ
Anders Østergaard's doc won Prizes at IDFA and Sundance Film Festivals
Film will open Film Forum in NYC on May 20th and HBO has broadcast rights
New York, NY (March 6th, 2009) - Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to BURMA VJ, Anders Østergaard's award-winning documentary which shows a rare inside look into the 2007 uprising in Myanmar through the cameras of the independent journalist group, Democratic Voice of Burma. Oscilloscope plans a theatrical and non-theatrical release this spring and dvd in 2010.
While 100,000 people (including 1,000s of Buddhist monks) took to the streets to protest the country's repressive regime that held the country hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews are banned to enter the country and the Internet was shut down. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) recorded these historic and dramatic events on handycams and smuggled the footage out of the country, broadcasting it worldwide via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police - and then they themselves became the targets of the authorities.
The Magic Hour Films' production was called "A real activist thriller", by Denver Post film critic Lisa Kennedy.
The Deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine and Esther van Messel of First Hand Films on behalf of the filmmakers and David Fenkel of Oscillscope Laboratories.
The film has played festivals all over the world and has won numerous awards, including:
IDFA- Joris Ivens Award Movies that Matter Human Rights Award
Sundance Film Festival- Winner World Documentary Editing Award
Berlinale- International Human Rights Award
CPH: DOX- Winner Main & Amnesty Award
Boulder film Festival- Grand Prix
Cinema for Peace International Human Rights Film Award
About Oscilloscope Laboratories
Oscilloscope Laboratories is a NYC-based recording studio, film production and distribution company, and post-production facility founded by Adam Yauch. Oscilloscope Laboratories recently released in theaters Yauch's GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT, Irena Salina's FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER, Caroline Suh's FRONTRUNNERS, Kurt Kuenne's DEAR ZACHARY and Kelly Reichardt's WENDY AND LUCY which is currently in theaters. O-Scope will distribute So Yong Kim's TREELESS MOUNTAIN, Academy-Award nominated THE GARDEN from Scott Hamilton Kennedy in April, and Stephen Kijak's SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN on dvd this summer.