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TIFF Buy: Oscilloscope Acquires Meek's Cutoff

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 17, 2010 at 12:44PM

Oscilloscope, the same distrib that opened Kelly Reichardt's 2008 film, Wendy and Lucy, starring Michelle Williams, will also handle the North American release of her most recent Venice/Toronto entry, the western Meek's Cutoff, starring Williams, Will Patton, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.
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Oscilloscope, the same distrib that opened Kelly Reichardt's 2008 film, Wendy and Lucy, starring Michelle Williams, will also handle the North American release of her most recent Venice/Toronto entry, the western Meek's Cutoff, starring Williams, Will Patton, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.

The film inspired strong fest reviews. It's a genre entry, taut and tense yet naturalistic and authentic, as an Oregon wagon train takes a detour from the main trail and gets lost. At a Bell Lightbox dinner at new Luma restaurant this week, Greenwood, who admitted to loving shooting westerns on horseback, admired Reichardt for keeping her distance from the action, letting scenes play out and giving the actors plenty of freedom. Reichardt wants us to draw contemporary parallels from the pioneers' fears and projections onto the unknown. O-Scope will open the film in 2011.
 

"It is an honor to work with filmmakers of this caliber, especially given the fact that, through the process of releasing WENDY AND LUCY, we have become friends with them, so really I could not ask for more," stated Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope, who screened the film in Venice. "As a side note, MEEK’S CUTOFF is so real feeling and looking that I suspect Kelly may have stolen our plans and completed work on a time-machine that we had been putting the finishing touches on, and that MEEK’S is actually a documentary that she went back and shot in 1845. If anyone has any evidence to that effect, please contact me directly ASAP. My email address is any@oscilloscope.net.”

The film sale was negotiated by Cinetic Media.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Toronto, Independents, Western


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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.