News From The Lab / June 8th, 2012

Hey folks,

Like really industrious elves, your friends at Oscilloscope Laboratories have been busy at work on some exciting new projects!

There are four main points of business we’d like to share with you:

I.  SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS Tickets & Contest

Starting today, tickets are now available online (for most theaters) for our upcoming release of SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS.  Chronicling the 72 hours surrounding the Madison Square Garden farewell concert of the much-loved band LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, the film will show on July 18th for one night only in theaters around the country.  We’ll continue adding theaters to this list for the 18th, so if your city’s missing from the list, “shut up and demand it!”

For a full list of theaters, links to purchase tickets, or to demand a screening in your town:

Additionally, we’ve teamed up with SUAPTH executive producers THE CREATORS PROJECT to offer an awesome contest in conjunction with the film.  Just tell us your favorite LCD memory or moment (be it a photo, video, a piece of writing, or something more creative…) and you could win round trip airfare for you and a friend to New York City to attend the SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS premiere and after-party, as well as 2 nights at the Ace Hotel, a meet and greet with James Murphy himself, and a ton of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM and Oscilloscope swag.

Hit the link to enter or for more info.  Hurry up.  Not much time:

II.  New Acquisitions: REALITY and TCHOUPITOULAS

In other exciting news, we recently acquired REALITY, the Grand Prix-winner from last month’s Cannes Film Festival.  A darkly comic critique of our obsession with celebrity, REALITY is directed by Matteo Garrone (2008’s GOMORRAH) and will hit theaters in early 2013.

We also just picked up TCHOUPITOULAS (we know how to say it, but we’re still learning how to spell it), the highly acclaimed doc that premiered at SXSW and has since begun the process of collecting  awards at mulitple festivals (Hot Docs, Dallas, Ashland, and more).  Documenting three adolescent brothers’ night out in vibrant New Orleans, the film was made by Bill and Turner Ross (the directors of 45365) and the producers of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

III.  New Releases:  WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN on Blu-ray/DVD; FOUR LOVERS on DVD; Circle of Trust

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller) is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.  It’s also available for download via most digital retailers and on demand.  Get it while it’s hot!

Our next DVD release, Antony Cordier’s FOUR LOVERS, will be in stores on June 19th.

Looking for a kick-butt Father’s Day gift?  Don’t want to miss a single Oscilloscope release?  Sign up for the Circle of Trust Subscription Service and get our next ten Blu-ray or DVD releases in your mailbox at least one week before street date, along with discounts on back catalog movies, free Stream-O-Vision streams, and a whole slew of perks and goodies.

It’s only $99 – quite a steal, if we say so ourselves.

IV.  O-Scope Contact

For up to date O-Scope news, as well as swell Blu-ray/DVD giveaways and all kinds of social media shenanigans, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  And don’t hesitate to give us a shout via the Facebook, Twitter, or . We love hearing from you guys!

Until next time,
Bruce Farnsworth
Minister of Information
Oscilloscope Laboratories


New York, New York (June 4, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross’s acclaimed documentary TCHOUPITOULAS (pronounced CHOP-IH-TOU-LESS). The film premiered to rave reviews at the South by Southwest Film Festival this past March. It has continued its successful run at festivals throughout the spring, winning awards at HotDocs, The Dallas International Film Festival, and The Ashland Independent Film Festival, among others. It is the first film from the New Orleans-based Ross Brothers since their award-winning 2009 documentary 45365. TCHOUPITOULAS was produced by the Sundance and Cannes award-winning team behind Beasts of the Southern Wild. Oscilloscope will see TCHOUPITOULAS through further festivals and select theatrical engagements later this year, with a digital release to follow.

TCHOUPITOULAS is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.

About the acquisition, the Ross Brothers say: “We’re terribly excited to be working with Oscilloscope, a creative company with a unique and individual philosophy that is ideal for our film. They’re our kind of people, doing our kind of business. We feel very positive about the future of TCHOUPITOULAS with Oscilloscope!”

David Laub of O-scope commented: “TCHOUPITOULAS is a beautiful film that is both authentic to its subject and a completely transporting, lyrical cinematic experience. The Ross Brothers are major talents, and we are thrilled to have them and this wonderful movie as part of the O-scope label.”

The deal was finalized at the recently completed Cannes Film Festival. David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope negotiated the deal with George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers. The film is produced by the Ross Brothers along with Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, and Josh Penn of Court 13.


New York, New York (May 26, 2012) — Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s Cannes competition film REALITY, his first feature since 2008’s critically acclaimed and award-winning GOMORRAH. Oscilloscope will take the film to further festivals this fall with a theatrical, DVD, and digital release to follow early next year.

REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano’s own reality begins to spiral out of control, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese’s THE KING OF COMEDY.

Of the acquisition, filmmaker Matteo Garrone said “I’m extremely gratified by the strong response Oscilloscope had to the film and their ideas for making it successful in the US. I look forward to working with David and Dan as they move the company forward.”

O-Scope’s David Laub said, “REALITY is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind film that had us hooked from its amazing opening shot. It is a complex, provocative, and deeply compelling look at our media-obsessed culture, executed by one of the most interesting and talented filmmakers working today. Garrone pays homage to classical filmmakers such as Fellini and Scorsese while crafting a fresh and very relevant contemporary story. This is exactly the kind of film Adam Yauch wanted to champion, and we are extremely proud to have it join the Oscilloscope family.”

The film was produced by Garrone and Domenico Procacci, producer of GOMORRAH, with Jean Labadie of Le Pacte as co-producer. The deal was negotiated by Dan Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello assisted by Garrone’s US representatives, Bart Walker of Cinetic Media and Jeff Berg of ICM.

Reality is an Italian-French co-production
Archimede-Fandango, Le Pacte-Garance Capital production with RAI Cinema.

Adam / May 4th, 2012

We are deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of Adam Yauch – an amazing leader, a dear friend and an incredible human being. Today we are heartbroken at Oscilloscope as we take in this awful news and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Adam’s legacy will remain a driving force at Oscilloscope – his indomitable spirit and his great passion for film, people, and hard work – always with a sense of humor and a lot of heart.


New York, New York (April 17, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Mary Mazzio’s documentary The Apple Pushers. Narrated by Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton, The Apple Pushers follows immigrant street vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into poor neighborhoods of New York City, where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge. These pushcart vendors, who have immigrated from all parts of the world and have sacrificed so much to come to the United States, are now part of an experiment in New York to help solve the food desert crisis and skyrocketing obesity rates in urban communities.

The film premiered to critical acclaim at The Hamptons International Film Festival 2011 and has been screened at Lincoln Center in New York City, and other major festivals, universities, and government showings. It will next be seen as part of The Whole Foods DoSomethingReel Film Festival, which will host screenings of the film in 5 major cities around the country on April 22–Earth Day. Oscilloscope will make the film available on VOD nationwide following the festival, and will continue to book special screenings and engagements across the country. The Apple Pushers will also be broadcast on public television’s WORLD channel in May and June.

The film is written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and produced by Mazzio, Tom Scott, and Christine Vachon. It is Executive Produced by Laurie M. Tisch and was underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with David Fenkel and David Laub of Oscilloscope.