Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American distribution rights to Scott Hamilton Kennedy's Oscar-nominated documentary The Garden.

The New York-based company plans a theatrical release this spring and DVD release in early summer on the story of a political wrangle over the fate of a community garden.

David Fenkel negotiated the deal for Oscilloscope with David Garber of Lantern Lane Entertainment on behalf of Impact Partners and Kennedy.

'As a film-maker you hope to find a distributor that will love your film and have the passion and persistence to nurture it into the market place with great care,' Kennedy said. 'I am very excited, and feel very fortunate, to have found that distributor in Oscilloscope.'

Oscilloscope head Adam Yauch added: 'Urban gardens, especially those that provide a source of food, are so rare that it's painful to see how they can be crushed by the greed of an entitled few.

'I'm honoured to be a part of getting this powerful film out in front people. Hopefully it will bring attention to the issue and seed more urban gardening in our cities.'