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Oscilloscope takes Tchoupitoulas

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross’s documentary Tchoupitoulas.

Having premiered at SXSW in March and won awards at festivals including HotDocs and Dallas, the film will continue on the festival circuit, said Oscilloscope, and then get “select theatrical engagements” later this year, with a digital release to follow.

Tchoupitoulas, the Ross brothers’ first film since their 2009 documentary 45365, follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans encountering dancers, musicians, hustlers and revelers. The Ross brothers produced with Court 13’s Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn, producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild.

The Ross Brothers said, “We’re terribly excited to be working with Oscilloscope, a creative company with a unique and individual philosophy that is ideal for our film. They’re our kind of people, doing our kind of business. We feel very positive about the future of Tchoupitoulas with Oscilloscope.”

David Laub of Oscilloscope commented: “Tchoupitoulas is a beautiful film that is both authentic to its subject and a completely transporting, lyrical cinematic experience. The Ross brothers are major talents and we are thrilled to have them and this wonderful movie as part of the O-scope label.”

The deal was finalized at Cannes by Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope and George Rush acting for the filmmakers.

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