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EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Proceeds Full Steam Ahead, Says Owner Dechen Yauch

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 11, 2012 at 4:36PM

Reports of indie distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories' imminent demise are premature. Oscilloscope ("Wendy and Lucy," "The Messenger,") has a team of eight people on the ground at the Toronto Film Festival this week, led by O-Scope veterans Dan Berger and David Laub, who acquired Matteo Garrone's Italian Cannes competition entry "Reality" in May,
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And Oscilloscope just released Sundance opening night film "Hello I Must Be Going" on Friday, September 7 in NY and LA to $26,764 and a strong $13,382 per screen average.

Wingdu has been involved with the company from the start, she states: "Oscilloscope is hugely important to me, which is why I am trying to take a mindful approach to becoming more involved."

O-Scope is a small indie that doesn't expect its films to routinely gross more than $1 million. Since 2008, its 30 releases have yielded modest returns except for 2009's Oscar-nominated "The Messenger" ($1.1 million domestic) and Brit import "We Need to Talk About Kevin" ($1.7 million). O-Scope continues to make much of its profits in ancillary markets.

'Reality'
'Reality'

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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.