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SXSW Deal: Oscilloscope Takes Comedy 'Buzzard' by Joel Potrykus (TRAILER)

A few days shy of the 2014 edition of SXSW, Oscilloscope has nabbed comedy "Buzzard," set to make its world premiere at the fest on March 8. Directed by Joel Potrykus, it follows a small-time scam artist who finds himself on a strange journey to Detroit, with only bad checks, a Nintendo Power Glove and his own grumpiness to keep him company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:59 PM
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Review Roundup: Tim Sutton's Debut Feature 'Pavilion' is a Lyrical Exploration of Youth

Tim Sutton's directorial debut "Pavilion," which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, is now available via Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Labs on VOD, iTunes, Amazon and more digital platforms. The film opened theatrically in select cities on March 1st, to critical praise.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2013 6:41 PM
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Oscilloscope Nabs SXSW Documentary '12 O'Clock Boys' -- 'The Wire' Meets Cirque du Soleil

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to Lofty Nathan's documentary "12 O'Clock Boys," which recently had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The Boys of the title are an infamous dirt bike gang in Baltimore who take over major city streets with flashy stunts at high speeds, alluding the cops' "no chase" rule due to public safety measures. Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 12:24 PM
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Oscilloscope Partners with Short-Looping Video App Vine: "This will be the future of film distribution"

Oscilloscope Laboratories is taking innovative strides with app content as related to feature films. The company will be partnering with Vine, a recently launched mobile service that lets users create and share short-looping videos.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 12:10 PM
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Cinedigm Appoints Laura Sok as Director of Theatrical Publicity

Cinedigm announces that Laura Sok has been appointed as Director of Theatrical Publicity, reporting to VP of Theatrical Marketing Jeff Reichert.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2013 3:31 PM
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Oscilloscope is 'Dying To Do Letterman' for North American Audiences

Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Joke Fincioen’s and Biagio Messina’s "Dying to do Letterman." The documentary follows comedian Steve Mazan who was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer and decided to dedicate his life to fulfilling his dream of performing standup on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 5:31 PM
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'Samsara' Documentary is Oscilloscope's Highest-Grossing Film Ever

Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson's strikingly visual and genre-bending documentary "Samsara" has become Oscilloscope studio's biggest hit since its founding in February 2008. The film has grossed over $1.8 million as of October 14, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 15, 2012 6:58 AM
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Todd Berger's Apocalyptic 'It's A Disaster' Goes to Laub and Berger's Oscilloscope

Oscilloscope has picked up "It's A Disaster" for North American distribution, set for early 2013 release. The Todd Berger film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this Spring, and stars Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 12:42 PM
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Weekend Box Office: What the Indie Numbers Really Mean UPDATED

The weekend marks the return of two veteran filmmakers who were established in specialized theaters in the 1990s – Whit Stillman and Nanni Moretti. Films from both directors (who have always made pointed observations about their surroundings) opened to respectable if not spectacular grosses this holiday weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 10, 2012 1:52 PM
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Media Watch: No Cameron 'Prometheus' In Sight; Deadline Falls for April Fool's Prank

Beware of April Fool's announcements. (I loved FoxLA's story about drought-ridden California farmers planting marshmallow trees, below.) While plans to make an Ashton Kutcher/Steve Jobs project appear to be in earnest, Deadline's Mike Fleming did fall for a report that James Cameron wants to direct a "Prometheus" sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 3:27 PM
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