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Adam Yauch: Indie Film Savior?

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn February 11, 2010 at 4:13AM

Adam Yauch: Indie Film Savior?

Above: An unlikely Oscar contender.

The news that New Yorker Films has returned to business certainly gives people in the indie film world something to get excited about. New Yorker's success rate for specialty releases might put many modern distributors to shame. But last week's announcement of the Oscar nominations testified that at least one relative newcomer has been playing its cards right: Oscilloscope Laboratories, which wound up with two films in the awards race a mere two years after its humble origins as the experiment of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. Here's my profile of the company and its co-founder in the current issue of L.A. Weekly:

Adam Yauch — aka Nathaniel Hornblower, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys — has unorthodox plans for the Oscars. "I'm going to distribute sandwiches outside the theater," says the 45-year-old founder of Oscilloscope Laboratories, an indie film–distribution company based in New York. "Maybe Harvey Weinstein will be hungry."

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This article is related to: Independent Cinema