Oscilloscope Acquires Critically-Acclaimed Sundance Competition Film “Mother of George” / January 26th, 2013

(New York, NY) January 26, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Andrew Dosunmu’s MOTHER OF GEORGE. The film made its world premiere this past week as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition in Sundance, to widespread critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response.

In the poetic and moving MOTHER OF GEORGE, Adenike (Danai Gurira) weds the charismatic Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), the owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn. Their traditional wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Adenike faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her desperate struggle to save her marriage. The film stars THE WALKING DEAD’s Gurira in the title role and veteran actor De Bankolé as her husband, and co-stars Yaya Alafia and Tony Okungbowa. This is Dosunmu’s second feature, following his critically heralded 2011 debut RESTLESS CITY.

Beautifully shot by cinematographer Bradford Young (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PARIAH), the film skillfully folds large, universal themes and ideas into a very personal and intimate story.

It has already received many critical accolades at Sundance; Manohla Dargis of the New York Times singled it out as one of the highlights of the festival and called it “visually splendid.” Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the film is “dazzlingly shot” and praises Gurira’s performance, saying she “inhabits this role with a fire and pride, a devotion, and, at times, a despair bordering on instability.” Guy Lodge begins his review in Variety by saying, “Simply relating the narrative of Andrew Dosunmu’s seductive immigrant drama MOTHER OF GEORGE would do little to convey the film’s stark, poetic power, much less its extraordinary visual and sonic acumen.”

About the acquisition, David Laub and Dan Berger from Oscilloscope said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing MOTHER OF GEORGE—it is exactly the kind of gem which we love to champion. In only his second feature, Dosumnu shows not only tremendous style and visual flair, but a deep empathy for his characters and the ability to portray the complexity of a traditional culture adapting to the modern world. We are thrilled to be working with this wonderful and talented group of filmmakers and to have the opportunity to bring this film to audiences.”

Filmmaker Andrew Dosumnu says, “I am thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope having been a fan of their roster of films. I am honored to be working with such a great team who support filmmakers and their vision. It is a perfect fit.”

The film was written by Darci Picoult and produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor and Matt Parker & Carly Hugo along with Picoult, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Okungbowa. Executive producers on the film are: Saerom Kim of Maybach Film Productions; Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment; Jerry Tankersley, Laura Bernieri & Joseph Sorrentino of Fried Alligator Films and Rhea Scott & Fady Salamé. The deal was negotiated by David Laub and Dan Berger from Oscilloscope with Ben Weiss of Paradigm, who represented the filmmakers.

About Parts and Labor:

Parts & Labor producers’ Van Hoy and Knudsen came into Sundance this year with three films they produced in competition. In addition to MOTHER OF GEORGE, the company also debuted photojournalist Shaul Schwarz’s powerful documentary NARCO CULTURA, and David Lowery’s romantic drama AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster (the latter which was just acquired by IFC Films). Parts & Labor has produced more than a dozen films including Mike Mills’ BEGINNERS (for which Christopher Plummer won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Ira Sachs’ KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, Aaron Katz’s COLD WEATHER and Julia Lotkev’s THE LONELIEST PLANET.

About Carly Hugo and Matt Parker:

Carly Hugo and Matt Parker are independent film producers based in New York City. They have collectively produced over twenty features since 2005 and have a proven track record of consistently creating prestigious, high-quality films. Combined, Carly and Matt’s recent credits: as producers, Mother of George (dir. Andrew Dosunmu, Sundance 2013), Higher Ground (dir. Vera Farmiga, Sundance 2011), Hot Coffee (dir. Susan Saladoff, Sundance 2011), and Restless City (dir. Andrew Dosunmu, Sundance 2011); as co-producers, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture (dir. Benh Zeitlin, Sundance 2012 – Grand Jury Prize Winner, Cannes 2012 – Camera D’Or Winner), Bachelorette (dir. Leslye Headland, Sundance 2012), Beautiful Darling (dir. James Rasin, Berlinale 2010), and Peter and Vandy (dir. Jay DiPietro, Sundance 2009).

A New Year’s Update from O-Scope Labs / January 8th, 2013

Hey friends,

First off, O-Scope wishes you a very happy new year (we know we’re one week in already, hopefully that’s not past the cutoff). We hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, and for those who drunkenly made a fool of themselves, we know that you’re very sorry and love you just the same.

With Awards Season and Sundance on the horizon, it’s pretty busy time in the Laboratory, but still, we wanted to catch y’all up on what’s been going on with us.

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In Theaters: TCHOUPITOULAS and ONLY THE YOUNG

Our pair of critically-acclaimed year end docs, the Ross Brothers’ TCHOUPITOULAS and Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ ONLY THE YOUNG, continue their expansion in theaters around the country.

Both movies are refreshing, heartfelt angles on adolescence that we feel very fortunate to be releasing. We urge you to go out and catch them at your local arthouse theater — “they deserve to be seen amidst the Hobbits and Djangos” of this hectic Oscar season.

To find where either movie (or both) is showing near you, visit our website.

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Upcoming Home Entertainment Releases: BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST and HELLO I MUST BE GOING

This month, we’ll be releasing not one but TWO films on DVD: Ryan O’Nan’s musical road-trip comedy BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST and Sundance darling HELLO I MUST BE GOING, which features a critically-acclaimed and Gotham Award-nominated performance by Melanie Lynskey (of “Two and a Half Men” and “Heavenly Creatures”).

BROOKLYN BROTHERS hits stores tomorrow and HELLO is available January 29th. Both DVDs are up for pre-order on our website.

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Digital Releases: BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, and DYING TO DO LETTERMAN

We at O-Scope are fully aware that the future looms upon us, and it’s only a matter of time before the machines rise up and overthrow us feeble humans.

HELLO I MUST BE GOING and our life-affirming documentary DYING TO DO LETTERMAN are available via the internet, cable VOD, and all your new-fangled iGadgets.

Next up, we’re releasing a roundhouse kick to the senses — the gritty martial arts flick BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER. The official Best Foreign Language Oscar entry from Malaysia, we’ll be releasing BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER on digital platforms on February 19th.

You’ll also be able to catch a handful of special screenings of BUNOHAN around the country in March, and if it’s not already coming to a theater near you, Tugg it.

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Nicholas Ray needs your help — donate to ACTION! MASTER CLASS WITH NICK RAY

Hot on the heels of WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN & DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH, legendary American auteur Nicholas Ray’s experimental final film and its companion doc by Nick’s wife Susan, ACTION! MASTER CLASS WITH NICK RAY is a new Ray project currently collecting funding via Kickstarter.

As the final film in the Nicholas Ray Centenary Project, ACTION! will stand as a cinematic lesson in filmmaking compiled from Ray’s recorded lectures, interviews, and other audiovisual elements from the Ray archive.

Ray gave you REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, IN A LONELY PLACE, BIGGER THAN LIFE, and a slew of other monumental movies. Ray paved the way for American auteur filmmakers to come. Pledge to the Kickstarter, help bring ACTION! to life, and help Nick Ray’s legacy live on for filmmakers and film lovers to come.

Click here to Kickstart ACTION! MASTER CLASS WITH NICK RAY.

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That’s it for the first O-Scope update of 2013. For a steadier stream of updates, in addition to contests (we love giving away free DVDs) and occasional cute cat videos, check out our Facebook and Twitter.

See y’all at the movies,

Bruce Farnsworth

Minister of Information

Oscilloscope Laboratories

It’s December at O-Scope Labs / December 4th, 2012

Seasons greetings,

It’s been a whirlwind year for us at the ‘Scope, and though we’re well into December now, we ain’t done yet.  In fact, we’ve got a slew of O-Scope tidings for y’all, so we’re just going to hop right into it:

1)  ONLY THE YOUNG and TCHOUPITOULAS open New York this Friday, Dec 7th. Nationwide releases to follow.

Our last theatrical releases of the year will be two award-winning docs, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ coming-of-age chronicle ONLY THE YOUNG and the Ross Brothers hallucinatory love letter to New Orleans, TCHOUPITOULAS.  We really love these docs, and believe that the Ross Bros and Tippet/Mims represent a new generation of young, talented filmmakers.

Both will begin their theatrical run at IFC Center in New York City this Friday.  Having a great opening weekend will help us get these indies in more theaters across the country, so please come out and support indie film!

You can buy tickets here:

http://www.ifccenter.com/#day_fri

2)  Help Kickstart a masterclass with famed auteur Nicholas Ray

Hot on the heels of our release of Nicholas Ray’s last film WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN and companion documentary DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH, filmmaker Susan Ray is working on her third Ray-related film project in honor of Ray’s 100th birthday.

This new film, ACTION!, can be seen as a cinematic masterclass with the legendary director (whose credits include REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, IN A LONELY PLACE, and other Hollywood classics) – he’ll walk you through his various productions, the craft of filmmaking, and his philosophy on life.

Susan and the Ray Foundation are currently raising funds for the film on Kickstarter which will help cover production and licensing fees for clips from Nick’s studio movies.  You could receive a number of awesome rewards, including signed WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN Blu-rays/DVDs, books on Nicholas Ray, and even Nicholas Ray’s infamous red jacket!

Please contribute and help bring this unique masterclass to life:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nickray/action-master-class-with-nicholas-ray

3)  Digital & DVD Releases:  DYING TO DO LETTERMAN, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, and BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST

In the digital and home video realm, we’ve got a bunch of new releases hitting in the next few weeks:

Our cancer & stand-up comedy (yes, both) documentary DYING TO DO LETTERMAN is now available on demand and digital – http://ow.ly/fNe6V

Todd Louiso’s lovely HELLO I MUST BE GOING will be available on demand & digital December 18th, and our next DVD release, BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, hits shelves January 8th.

4)  Smashin’ Records, Takin’ Names: SAMSARA breaks $2.5 million in the box office

Continuing its theatrical run since the summer, SAMSARA continues to raise the bar by breaking $2.5 million at the box office, one of the top grossing documentaries of the year!  For those of you who haven’t seen it, this is definitely one to catch on the big screen, so see it while you can:

And while we’re braggin’, we just noticed that four O-Scope films rank amongst PBS’ list of the 100 best documentaries of all time.

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP – #10
DARK DAYS – #71
DEAR ZACHARY – #74
IF A TREE FALLS – #92

Not bad, eh?  Here’s the full list:

5)  THE CIRCLE OF TRUST: A great gift for the cinephile in you (or your family)

And lastly but not leastly, we want to remind all of you holiday gift-givers that Oscilloscope’s much-coveted Blu-ray & DVD subscription service, THE CIRCLE OF TRUST, makes a great gift for cinephiles and cool stuff aficionados.

For only $99, you can give them our next 10 releases sent straight to their mailbox at least one week before street date, in addition to discounted back catalog titles and O-Scope Stream-O-Vision movies, and other various perks.

So jump in the circle (or toss in a friend) this holiday season!

Anyway, that’s it for our (admittedly lengthy) O-Scope update.

Your pal,

Bruce Farnsworth
Minister of Information & Fruit Cake Collector
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Oscilloscope Takes a Walk in the Woods, Acquires Award-Winning Film WELCOME TO PINE HILL / November 28th, 2012

(New York, NY) November 15, 2012—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Keith Miller’s acclaimed feature debut WELCOME TO PINE HILL. The film had its world premiere this past winter at the Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It has since gone on to collect numerous additional awards, including the Jury Prizes at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival. PINE HILL will have its theatrical premiere in early 2013.

WELCOME TO PINE HILL is an extension of Miller’s earlier short film PRINCE/WILLIAM about an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, PINE HILL follows that short’s protagonist Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first time actor Shannon Harper, sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City.

Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger said, “In PINE HILL, Keith has crafted a unique and affectionate portrait of a complex character (and Shannon’s performance mirrors that). We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring this film to a wider audience and also psyched that we’ll soon be welcoming a new four-legged office visitor in Lucy’s stead.”

Of the acquisition, director Keith Miller said, “It’s great to be a part of the O-Scope family. Everyone there has been great and supportive and so many of the films and filmmakers in their catalog are some of my favorites and have been a real inspiration. Both for the company of filmmakers and the clear vision and ethic, it’s a real honor to be a part of the team.”

The film is a collaboration of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and was produced by Elisabeth Holm.

48-HOURS ONLY: Fire Sale @ Oscilloscope Laboratories // Dope Films for Mad Cheap / November 13th, 2012

Howdy howdy howdy,

We’re having us an ol’ fashioned fire sale over at the Oscilloscope Laboratories store!

For the next 48 HOURS ONLY, you can pick up some of our most beloved films for LUDICROUSLY LOW PRICES, including:

Exit Through The Gift Shop – Blu-rays for $5.99 (!)
We Need To Talk About Kevin – DVDs for $5.99 (!!)
Wendy And Lucy – DVDs for for $4.99 (!!!)
Howl – DVDs for $3.99 (!!!!)
Who Took The Bomp?: Le Tigre On Tour – DVDs for $3.99 (!!!!!)

And similar discounts on O-Scope films you love and have been itchin’ to own on Blu-ray and DVD…

The sale’s only for the next 48 hours (ends on Thursday November 15th at 6:00pm EST) and won’t be happening again any time soon. So pick up that O-Scope flick you’ve been coveting for oh so long, or get a jump on your X-Mas shopping, just whatever you do, DON’T MISS OUT!

And if you want the full experience, play this song while you’re doing your shopping in our online store:

http://youtu.be/-GAdRA0IqcE

You won’t regret it.

Your pal,
Oscilloscope Laboratories