American distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Pulse Films’ LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, which it will release in special ‘one-night-only’ engagements in theaters across the U.S. this summer.
The film is directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, and documents the final days of electronic outfit LCD Soundsystem. The doc played at Sundance and SXSW earlier this year, and captures the collective performing their final show at Madison Square Garden in New York, while also examining the personal decision made by frontman James Murphy (pictured in the film above) to disband the group.
Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope and co-founder of hip-hop group The Beastie Boys, said in a statement: “Perhaps having grown up in a band for most of my life – a band that formed when I was 16 years old – and having released our first record when I was still in high school, this film addresses so many questions.
“For instance, it can be pretty clear when a band starts, but perhaps less so when it ends, or how it should end. In that sense, it’s brilliant of James to end it in such a definitive way.”
The doc was produced by Murphy, and Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Films. Keith Wood, Christine Vachon, and The Creators Project acted as exec producers. The deal was negotiated by David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Mark Anker at WME Global.