Archive for January, 2013

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.



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.



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.



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.


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.



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