OUTBREAK WARNING! / September 9th, 2010

O-Scopers consider yourselves warned,

Yes it’s true, A bad case of “Franco Fever” has infiltrated the Laboratory. HOWL is in theaters, on cable VOD Sep 24th, and soon to be out on DVD.

And now, just when we thought we were nearly in the clear, we picked up Mr. Franco’s directorial debut “SATURDAY NIGHT” for release in early 2011. It’s obviously a Franco plague, and we are declaring a “condition lavender” in and around the office. All employees have been asked to wear a Peter Sarsgaard Sars-Guard to work and we are supplying Jon Hamm’s JohnHam in all of the bathrooms. We are on full lockdown-quarantine as of now.

So we suggest that all of you at home get vaccinated by your local doctor before it spreads. This sort of outbreak can be highly dangerous, particularly to downtown Williamsburg type hipsters like Dan from our office who was so amped up that Yauch had to personally put him down with a dart to the neck.

Later when questioned by police Yauch said, “SNL may be my mother fuckin’ shit, and James may be my mother fuckin’ man. But Dan needs to cool it or I will dart him again. I don’t give a fuck. I’ll fuckin’ put a dart in James’s neck too. All these motherfuckers can get a dart from me. Sure, James gets unprecedented access to follow the making of an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ (w/ John Malkovich hosting!), from Tuesday morning’s pitch meeting to Sunday morning’s closing credits. But whatever, i’ll even put a dart Malkovich’s scrawny neck…” Yauch went on with this tirade for more than half an hour, but we’ll stop here as you probably get the gist. Clearly no one’s neck is safe anymore.

This piece of information was brought to you by your favorite Minister of Information,
Bruce Farnsworth

BEASTIE BOY ADAM YAUCH’S OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES LOSES MPAA HOLOCAUST DOC APPEAL Ratings Board Upholds “R” Rating After Serious Discussion Proving You Can, In Fact, Censor History / August 9th, 2010

New York, NY (August 5, 2010) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that following an appeal hearing, the MPAA has upheld its “R” rating of the Holocaust documentary A FILM UNFINISHED for “disturbing images of holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.”

The film, which will be released in New York on August 18th and August 20th in Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout, documents an unfinished Nazi propaganda film shot in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. The footage was commissioned by the Nazis to falsely depict everyday life in the Ghetto, drawing lines between “rich” and “poor” Jews in order to justify their extermination.

In making its decision, the Appeals Board voted 12 to 3 to uphold the “R” rating, despite impassioned arguments from director Yael Hersonski and a letter from Warsaw Ghetto survivor Hana Avrutzky. Both asked that the board members, consisting of fellow film distributors , exhibitors and community representatives consider the context of the nudity in the film in terms of its historical and educational importance. Board members were also asked to consider the rating of the Steven Spielberg produced 1998 film THE LAST DAYS, which features a well-documented mass execution and extensive nudity. The film was given a PG-13 rating for “graphic images and descriptions of Holocaust atrocities”.

The “R” rating for A FILM UNFINISHED will restrict access to the film to under the age of 17 (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) and negatively affect the film’s ability to be shown in educational venues.

Adam Yauch said, “”In a world where young people are bombarded with meaningless entertainment, it’s unfortunate that a film with real educational and historic value would be denied to them by an organization that is supposed to be working to help them. I still have hope that the MPAA will reconsider at some point in the future, so young people will be able to learn from this film.”

Yael Hersonski said, “I am extremely disappointed that teenagers in this country won’t have unrestricted access to this critical imagery of the Holocaust.”

More information on the film can be found at www.afilmunfinished.com

BEASTIE BOY ADAM YAUCH CALLS ‘BULLSHIT’ ON MPAA RATING FOR AWARD-WINNING HOLOCAUST DOC “A FILM UNFINISHED” / August 9th, 2010

New York, NY (August 2, 2010) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today it would appeal the MPAA’s decision to rate the Holocaust documentary A FILM UNFINISHED “R” for “disturbing images of holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.”

The film, which will be released August 18th in New York and August 20th in Los Angeles followed by a national rollout, documents an unfinished Nazi propaganda film shot in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. (The Warsaw Ghetto, part of the Third Reich’s Final Solution, was the largest and most notorious of the unlivable urban ghettos and a last transit point before deportation to the extermination camps.) Discovered in East German archives after World War II and labeled simply “Ghetto,” the footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of long-missing film reel complicated earlier readings of the footage and revealed many of the shots to be staged. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

A FILM UNFINISHED had its U.S. Premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, and has gone on to win the top award at Hot Docs Film Festival and the WGA Screenplay Award at AFI’s Silverdocs Film Festival.

An “R” rating from the MPAA restricts access to the film to audiences under the age of 17 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and will affect the film’s ability to be shown in educational venues.

Adam Yauch says, “This is too important of a historical document to ban from classrooms. While there’s no doubt that Holocaust atrocities are displayed, if teachers feel their students are ready to understand what happened, it’s essential that young people are given the opportunity to see this film. Why deny them the chance to learn about this critical part of our human history? I understand that the MPAA wants to protect children’s eyes from things that are too overwhelming, but they’ve really gone too far this time. It’s bullshit.”

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor says, “The further away we get from the years of Holocaust the more necessary it is that our current and future generations understand it. What a shame for today’s teenagers who study world history to be denied viewing A Film Unfinished and seeing first hand the Nazi treatment of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. It’s depiction of the lengths to which the Nazis would go to dehumanize Jews is an important teaching tool, not only for its historic content, but for its relevance to today’s world.”

Oscilloscope has set the appeal with the MPAA for Thursday, August 5th.

More information about the film can be found at www.afilmunfinished.com

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.