EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Laboratories, the production and distribution company founded by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, has picked up the North American rights to a pair of documentaries: Wrestle, the Suzannah Herbert- and Lauren Belfer-directed film about high school wrestlers, and The Proposal, visual artist and writer Jill Magid’s directorial debut doc, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Both will get a theatrical release sometime this year.
Wrestle follows four members of a wrestling team — Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan — at Huntsville’s J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama’s list of failing schools. Captured during the course of the team’s final season, the teammates each face challenges far beyond a shot at the state championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and their futures.
Belfer, Herbert, Steven Klein, Seth Gordon and Mary Rohlich produced the project, which is a presentation of Firefly Theater & Films and Exhibit A. Micheline Levine is the executive producer.
The Proposal is about the controversy surrounding Mexico’s most famous architect. In the film, Magid explores the work of the Pritzker Prize winner Luis Barragán, which is aggressively “protected” and kept from the public by its copyright holders. By cultivating relationships with Barragán’s family, admirers, institutions and the rights holders, Magid constructs a love story between two women and an architect.
Jarred Alterman, Charlotte Cook, and Laura Coxson produced the doc while Laura Poitras served as exec producer..
Cinetic Media negotiated The Proposal deal on behalf of the filmmakers.