By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

OSCILLOSCOPE EXPLORES LIFE AFTER TILLER

Acclaimed Doc Set For Awards Qualifying and Theatrical Release

(New York, NY) February 15, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Martha Shane’s and Lana Wilson’s directorial debut AFTER TILLER. The film premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival to universal acclaim. It is scheduled to screen next at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. O-scope plans a nationwide theatrical release for the film followed by video-on-demand, digital, and home entertainment formats.

AFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.

O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “Martha and Lana have created a moving and unique exploration of one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way. We were so impressed with their ability to present such a controversial issue with such respect and complexity, allowing the film to resonate equally for people both for and against the procedure.”

The filmmakers, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope, and look forward to launching the film with them. We made AFTER TILLER to shed more light, rather than more heat, on this issue, and know that Oscilloscope’s smart, sensitive approach will get it out to the widest audience possible.”

The film was written by Shane, Wilson, and Greg O’Toole and produced by Shane and Wilson. David Laub and Dan Berger of O-scope negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

About Oscilloscope Laboratories:

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, and Matt Ross’s 28 HOTEL ROOMS. Upcoming releases include the acclaimed documentaries TCHOUPITOULAS, by Bill and Turner Ross, and ONLY THE YOUNG, by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims; Todd Berger’s IT’S A DISASTER, starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrara; and Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Grand Prix-winner REALITY.
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