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Oscilloscope Pictures Starts DVD Production

1 Jul, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Oscilloscope Pictures, a New York City-based independent founded by Beastie Boys founding member and filmmaker Adam Yauch and former ThinkFilm VP David Fenkel, is beginning DVD production.

Oscilloscope will focus on documentaries. Yauch and Fenkel had previously worked together on ThinkFilm's release of the Beastie Boys documentary Awesome: I F***in' Shot That.

Oscilloscope plans its first two DVD releases this winter, and is aiming for five to seven theatrical releases a year, along with roughly a dozen DVD releases.

“It's not a new company. It's been a production company for a number of years,” said Ian Stimler, who's heading up sales for the company. He said the company will focus on independent music documentaries mainly, but not exclusively.

“It's all out of that indie music, indie film mentality,” Stimler said. “Take care of the artist, take care of the project.

“We want the Oscilloscope brand to resonate with people, but we also want the DVD specs to be superb, with lots of bonus features.”

First up is Gunnin' For That No. 1 Spot, which saw a limited theatrical release June 27. Directed by Yauch, the documentary follows eight high school basketball stars competing in a 2006 Harlem tournament.

Flow, the company's first acquisition, will be its second DVD release this winter. Flow, which premiered at Sundance, is a documentary by Irena Salina, who aims to make a case against privatizing the world's water supply.

“This film is a wakeup call, and I'm glad for Oscilloscope to be involved in bringing it to a wider audience,” Yauch said. “I was overwhelmed by the enormity of this crisis. The film stayed with me, and I still keep thinking back on it. It contains information that people need to know.”

Stimler said Oscilloscope is working on other acquisitions that will cater to independent and documentary fans.

“Adam's been doing this for years, and he knows what he's doing.” Stimler said.

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