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Oscilloscope is 'Dying To Do Letterman' for North American Audiences

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 13, 2012 at 5:31PM

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."
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Dying to do Letterman
'Dying to do Letterman'

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." The film features interviews with comedians Ray Romano, Jim Gaffican and Kevin Nealon. Oscilloscope plans to release the film on Cable VOD and online flatforms starting December 4.

Oscilloscope's David Laub states, “[This] is a really special film—it manages to find hope and humor under the most difficult of circumstances, and Steve is at once both an entirely relatable and incredibly heroic central figure. We were moved and inspired from the moment we saw the film, and we are thrilled to be bringing it out into the world.”

Fincioen and Messina add, “No one knew how Steve's story, much less this film's journey, would end. When Oscilloscope embraced us as part of their very special family, years of hard work, laughter, and tears paid off with a giant exclamation point.”

In case you were wondering, the new management team at O-Scope recently picked up this doc, after having lost owner Adam Yauch to cancer on May 4.  He was not involved in the acquisition.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.