Oscilloscope Pictures will be buying at the Cannes Film Festival this year despite the death today of company founder Adam Yauch. Dan Berger and David Laub, who just a day ago were promoted to jointly oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions for the indie film company, will attend this month’s festival, Deadline has learned. Debra Fisher, who runs digital and TV sales for the company, also is headed to Cannes. Oscilloscope president David Fenkel, who co-founded the indie distributor with Yauch, will not attend because of a family matter. The plan Thursday to elevate Berger and Laub called for Fenkel to segue into a consulting role at the company. That will remain the case, though after Yauch’s passing he will be more heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the New York-based company than previously thought. Oscilloscope has been self-sufficient for more than three years.
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Yauch formed Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2002. Since then the company and its Oscilloscope Pictures division has had a hand in more than 70 production and distribution deals. The company will release seven films over the next few months, including Shut Up And Play The Hits, the documentary of LCD Soundsystem’s Madison Square Garden farewell concert. Oscilliscope also has the environmental documentary Chasing Ice; the drama 28 Hotel Rooms, which played at Sundance this year; and Todd Louiso’s comedy Hello I Must Be Going set for release. Other titles on Oscilloscope’s slate include Baraka director Ron Fricke’s follow-up documentary Samsara, Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights and Ryan O’Nan’s The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best.
Since its founding, Oscilloscope has distributed a wide variety of low-budget films such as Wendy And Lucy, starring Michelle Williams; and Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze, among others. The Oscilloscope-distributed drama The Messenger garnered Woody Harrelson a 2009 Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and 2010’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, which the company also distributed, was nominated for Best Documentary.
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