Archive for March, 2013

OSCILLOSCOPE HAS A NOONER // Acquires Critically Acclaimed Documentary 12 O’CLOCK BOYS / March 26th, 2013

(New York, NY) March 25, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to Lotfy Nathan’s debut feature, 12 O’CLOCK BOYS. The film is fresh off its world premiere at SXSW, where it played to enthusiastic audiences and garnered significant critical praise. It is next slated to screen at the Hot Docs and Full Frame Documentary Festivals, among others. O-Scope will continue to roll the film out to more festivals prior to its theatrical, DVD, and digital releases.

The 12 O’Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore. Converging in groups and invading the streets, they dangerously–yet magnificently–make their presence known as they pop wheelies and weave in and out of traffic at excessive speeds, all the while taunting the police who must obey a self-imposed “no chase” rule for fear of endangering the public. Nathan frames the three-years-in-the-making narrative through the eyes of the adolescent Pug – a kid from the Westside eager to join the 12 O’Clock Boys’ ranks. Pug reveres the Boys’ every move, and Nathan follows this young man through some of the most pivotal years of his life, providing a compelling and intimate personal story within the broader depiction of the wild, dynamic world of the 12 O’Clock Boys.

Dan Berger of Oscilloscope said, “In 12 O’CLOCK, Lotfy has introduced us to a world so compelling, so foreign, and so relatable all at once. It’s a portrait of a subculture as much as a window into the state of America, and it’s all in the guise of THE WIRE by way of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. It’s seriously like nothing you’ve seen before.”

Filmmaker Lotfy Nathan said, “Oscilloscope’s great. I really hope they don’t f*&k this up.”

The film was both directed and produced by Lotfy Nathan. The deal was negotiated by Dan Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with ICM Partners and Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.

It’s A Disaster, Reality, Welcome To Pine Hill, and a goat? / March 6th, 2013


Much abuzz at the labs as of late, but we thought it important to take a minute to update you all about recent O-Scope happenings.

I.) IT’S A DISASTER Now Available on Demand and Digital!

Following our hyper-experimental pre-pre-release on Vine a few weeks back (for which I was sent on two weeks’ paid leave because it was too hyper-experimental), we’ve released our brand new, piping hot Apocalyptic comedy IT’S A DISASTER on demand and digital before it hits theaters.

We’ll be releasing the film in theaters across the country Friday, April 12th (and there’ll be a bunch of fun cast & crew Q&As and appearances, so stay tuned to the film’s Facebook and Twitter), you can catch the movie on your on demand & digital platforms like iTunes.

II.) Matteo Garrone’s REALITY hits theaters March 15th

REALITY, the new film by the incredible Italian auteur Matteo Garrone (who directed the critically-acclaimed crime drama GOMORRAH in 2008), is coming to theaters this month.

It’s the story of a charming and humble fishmonger (yes, a fishmonger) in Naples who becomes fixated on being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” (yes, that Big Brother!), leading him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So far, critics have drawn comparisons to Fellini, Buñuel, and Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” (one of our all-time faves) and Garrone himself describes the film as a “dark fairytale.”

Check out our trailer and find a theater near you right here:


In other O-Scope theatrical news, we just opened Keith Miller’s Slamdance-winning film WELCOME TO PINE HILL at the IFC Center here in Manhattan to a nearly sold-out weekend. The film will continue through this week and then on select showtimes next week, so catch it while you can!

For tickets and showtimes:

And more theaters:

IV.) That goat we promised…

We love short films at O-Scope. Some shorts are bite-size stories you can’t forget, and we loved this two-minute beauty (the best two-minute film!) at the recent True/False Film Festival…

So without further ado, here’s TINA DELIVERS A GOAT:

Director Joe Callander said, “The problem with short films is, they’re too long.”

We really look forward to Joe’s next film, TINA’S EX HUSBAND FALLS OFF A ZIPLINE. We hear it’s pretty riveting.

Forever yours (and anyone else who will have me),

Bruce Farnsworth

Minister of Information

Oscilloscope Laboratories

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