Oscilloscope Laboratories to SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS – LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Film Scheduled For Summer Release / April 2nd, 2012

New York, NY (April 2, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, a Pulse Films production directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, which documents the final days of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. SUAPTH had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and an encore presentation at last month’s SXSW Film and Music Festival. The film will be released in special one-night-only engagements in theaters nationwide this summer. Tune in later for more program information.

If it’s a funeral… let’s have the best funeral ever.

One year ago today, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

Adam Yauch, Beastie Boy and Head of Oscilloscope said, “Perhaps having grown up in a band for most of my life – a band that formed when I was 16 years old – and having released our first record when I was still in high school, this film addresses so many questions. For instance, it can be pretty clear when a band starts, but perhaps less so when it ends, or how it should end. In that sense, it’s brilliant of James to end it in such a definitive way.”

SUAPTH was produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Films and James Murphy. Keith Wood, Christine Vachon, and The Creators Project executive produced. The deal was negotiated by David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Mark Anker at WME Global.

For more information about the film visit www.shutupandplaythehits.com/ or follow SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS on Twitter @LCD_SUAPTH

About Oscilloscope Laboratories:

Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film production and theatrical distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels he grew up around, choosing films and then selecting and marketing them films with the same artistic integrity with which they were made. The company, which is an extension of Yauch’s recording studio of the same name, has an in-house DVD distribution and production arm, and its paper packaging is reminiscent of the heyday of LP record jackets. All of the company’s plastic-free DVD packaging is printed on FSC Certified 80% post-consumer waste paper and produced in a carbon-neutral hydroelectric plant.

Currently in release is Lynne Ramsay’s Golden Globe® Nominated, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller. Upcoming films include Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING (August 10th), Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s SAMSARA (August 24th), Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Matt Ross’s 28 HOTEL ROOMS, Ryan O’Nan’s BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST and Jeff Orlowski’s CHASING ICE.

About Pulse Films:

Founded in 2005 by Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford, Pulse Films is a talent management and multidisciplinary independent production company creating content for film, television, advertising, music video and online.

Pulse’s film department produces high-quality and compelling feature length documentary, drama-documentary and fiction. The company’s most recent film productions include Take That: Look Back Don’t Stare, Werewolves Across America, Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders, Lovelace and Southern’s Grammy® Nominated No Distance Left To Run and the forthcoming Who Is Dayani Cristal starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

The film department at Pulse is headed up by Lucas Ochoa. Together, Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa work as a producing partnership across all of Pulse’s feature length projects and were the team behind SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS.

About The Creators Project:

Launched in 2010, The Creators Project is an ongoing global initiative dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their creative visions through technology. The project includes an online community and video channel, TheCreatorsProject.com, a content creation studio, and a global event series. To date, there are more than 150 Creators involved, hailing mostly from seven countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea and China) along with other artists from around the world. This year we are proud to have been able to celebrate and support the work of directors Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace, and LCD Soundsystem.


New York, New York (March 19, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Dain Said’s festival hit BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER. The film had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and has gone on to play other esteemed festivals such as Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Fantastic Fest, and the Taipei International Golden Horse Film Festival, where it garnered a Netpac Award.

Directed by Dain Said, BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER focuses on the dark relationship between three estranged brothers who end up fighting for their lives when they are called back to their village by their dying father.

BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER has also sold to Universal Pictures for a slew of territories including UK, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand. It was recently released theatrically in its home country of Malaysia, playing commercially to a nationwide audience.

The film is produced by Nandita Solomon of Apparat in conjunction with Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment, who also serves as Co-Producer. Traction Media negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Easternlight Films represent the film on the international front.

Oscilloscope Laboratories Takes SAMSARA – Follow-up to the World Renowned Film BARAKA Will Open In Theaters August 2012 / March 14th, 2012

New York, NY (March 14, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired US rights to SAMSARA, the third feature from filmmakers Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  The film will be released in theaters nationally this summer.

Fricke and Magidson previously collaborated on the award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS, which brought a new visual and magical artistry to theaters.

Filmed over a period of more than four years in twenty-five countries on five continents, SAMSARA transports us via 65mm cinematography to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts the expectations of a traditional documentary and encourages new interpretations, inspired by breathtaking images and transcendent music.  Taking its name from the Sanskrit word for “the ever turning wheel of life,” SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world, from the mundane to the miraculous.  The lyrical film will push modern theater-going technology to the limit with never before seen technical feats, providing a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience through both traditional film and all-new 4K digital projection.

Oscilloscope Greets Acclaimed Sundance Opening Night film, “HELLO I MUST BE GOING” / March 12th, 2012

O-Scope is eyeing an August release for the Divorce Comedy starring Melanie Lynskey

New York, New York (March 9, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING, the comedy that had its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2012. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically later this year.

HELLO I MUST BE GOING stars acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey (WIN WIN, UP IN THE AIR, 2 AND A HALF MEN) in her break-out role as a recently divorced New York photographer who moves back in with her parents at their suburban Connecticut home. Initially demoralized and uncertain of her future, Amy begins an affair with a 19-year-old actor that rejuvenates her passion for life and helps her discover the kind of independence and fulfillment she suddenly realizes had been missing for years.

Of the film, Oscilloscope says, “Todd has made the sort of smart, sophisticated, and charming film that we don’t see nearly enough of these days. Melanie Lynskey is a revelation in the lead role, delivering an incredibly insightful and layered performance that is at the heart of the movie, making Amy both an endearing and honest character. With its generous humanity and seamless blending of comedy and drama, the movie is reminiscent of classics from directors like Billy Wilder and James L. Brooks, yet it has a distinct and modern sensibility all its own. We loved it from the moment we saw it at Sundance, and we are thrilled to be working with this great filmmaking team to bring it out into the world.”

“In making the film, we became a close knit group. Todd, Sarah, Hans and I are thrilled to bring Oscilloscope into the family. We love their taste and are thrilled that HELLO I MUST BE GOING has earned a place on the Oscilloscope slate.” said producer Mary Jane Skalski.

The film co-stars Blythe Danner as Amy’s mother and newcomer Christopher Abbott as her younger but surprisingly wise love interest. It was written by Sarah Koskoff , produced by Mary Jane Skalski and Hans Ritter.

The deal was negotiated by WME Global’s Liesl Copland and Deb Mcintosh for the filmmakers and David Fenkel for O-Scope.

Currently in release from Oscilloscope is Lynne Ramsay’s Golden Globe Nominated, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller. Upcoming films for 2012 include Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Matt Ross’s 28 HOTEL ROOMS and Ryan O’Nan’s BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST.

Oscilloscope Laboratories Books 28 HOTEL ROOMS, Requests Late Checkout for 26 of Them / February 16th, 2012

New York, NY (February 16, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired US rights to 28 HOTEL ROOMS, the debut feature from writer/director Matt Ross, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The film will be released in theaters nationally later this year preceded by a premium VOD release.

28 HOTELS ROOMS is a raw and candid look at an intense sexual affair that escalates from a one-night stand into a profound relationship.

Both Chris Messina and Marin Ireland turn out vulnerable and passionately honest performances and Ross’s adept writing and directing make for a powerful, immediate, and unexpected love story.

Of the acquisition, Ross said, “I speak for the whole team behind 28 HOTEL ROOMS when I say how absolutely thrilled we are that Oscilloscope Laboratories will be releasing our film. Their catalogue speaks volumes about the quality of independent voices they champion and we are all incredibly honored to be included in that illustrious company.”

The deal was closed out of Berlin. It was negotiated by David Fenkel and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content and Elsa Ramo on behalf of the filmmakers.

28 HOTEL ROOMS was written and directed by Matt Ross and stars Chris Messina and Marin Ireland. The film was produced by Lynette Howell, Louise Runge, and Samantha Housman and executive produced by Chris Messina, Andrew Meieran, Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, and Alex Sagalchik. Elle Driver is currently selling international territories at the European Film Market.