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.