By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

CHARLIE BRAVO O-SCOPE Oscilloscope Brings On Charlie Olsky As Head Of Publicity

(New York, NY) February 20th, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has hired Charlie Olsky as their new Head of Publicity.  Olsky, who comes off of four and a half years at Susan Norget Film Promotion, will oversee publicity on all current and future O-Scope releases and will report directly to O-Scope heads Dan Berger and David Laub.  At Norget, Olsky played an integral role on the campaigns for many acclaimed and award-winning specialty films, including Lars Von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA, Wim Wender’s PINA, Werner Herzog’s CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s RESTREPO, David France’s HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, Olivier Assayas’ CARLOS, Miranda July’s THE FUTURE, and Kelly Reichardt’s WENDY AND LUCY, which was released by O-scope.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Charlie to the O-Scope family,” said Laub and Berger.  “He brings an amazing wealth of knowledge, experience, and creativity to the job and he’s the perfect person to bring some next-level shit to the Publicity Department.“
Olsky commented, “I couldn’t be more excited to bring my next-level shit to the O-Scope team, with its continuing commitment to championing the freshest, most stimulating films in independent cinema.”
O-Scope’s upcoming slate sees Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Grand Prix Winner REALITY, IT’S A DISASTER starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera, and Slamdance Winner WELCOME TO PINE HILL.  They recently acquired three films out of the Sundance Film Festival: Andrew Dosunmu’s MOTHER OF GEORGE, Hannah Fidell’s A TEACHER, and Lana Wilson’s and Martha Shane’s AFTER TILLER.
Prior to his job at Norget, Olsky was a freelance journalist, serving as a regular contributor to Indiewire, Out Magazine and Frontiers Magazine.   He previously worked in independent film and television production and for both the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals.  He received his BA in English Literature (with a Film Studies concentration) from Oberlin College.

Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film production and theatrical distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels he grew up around, choosing films and then releasing them with the same artistic integrity with which they were made.  The company, which is an extension of Yauch’s recording studio of the same name, has an in-house DVD distribution and production arm, and its paper packaging is reminiscent of the heyday of LP record jackets. All of the company’s plastic-free DVD packaging is printed on FSC Certified 80% post-consumer waste paper and produced in a carbon-neutral hydroelectric plant.  Previous and current releases include Lynne Ramsay’s Golden Globe® Nominated WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller; Marshall Curry’s Oscar-nominated documentary IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT; Oren Moverman’s Oscar-nominated THE MESSENGER starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton; Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF starring Michelle Williams; Evan Glodell’s Sundance hit BELLFLOWER; Kelly Reichardt’s WENDY & LUCY starring Michelle Williams; Anders Østergaard’s Oscar-nominated documentary BURMA VJ; Kurt Keunne’s acclaimed documentary DEAR ZACHARY; Bradley Rust Gray’s THE EXPLODING GIRL starring Zoe Kazan; Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Oscar-nominated documentary THE GARDEN; Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace’s LCD Soundsystem documentary SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS; Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s SAMSARA; Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Matt Ross’s 28 HOTEL ROOMS, and the acclaimed documentaries TCHOUPITOULAS by Bill and Turner Ross and ONLY THE YOUNG by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims.  Upcoming releases include Keith Miller’s Slamdance Grand Prize Winner WELCOME TO PINE HILL, Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Grand Prix-winner REALITY, Todd Berger’s IT’S A DISASTER, starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera; Rowan Athale’s WASTELAND, Andrew Dosunmu’s MOTHER OF GEORGE, Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq’s THESE BIRDS WALK, Hannah Fidell’s A TEACHER, and Lana Wilson and Martha Shane’s AFTER TILLER.

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