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Oscilloscope acquires “Tchoupitoulas”

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross's SXSW hit Tchoupitoulas (pictured), which the U.S. distributor will release through further festivals and select theatrical engagements later this year, with a digital release to follow.
June 5, 2012

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross’s SXSW hit Tchoupitoulas (pictured).

The film follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through a night in New Orleans, encountering “a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamp-lit streets.”

The doc premiered in Austin in March, before playing Hot Docs in Toronto, as well as the Dallas International Film Festival and the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Oscilloscope will aim to release the title through further festivals and select theatrical engagements later this year, with a digital release to follow.

Tchoupitoulas is the first film from the New Orleans-based Ross brothers since their 2009 documentary 45365. The deal was finalized at the recently completed Cannes Film Festival. David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope negotiated the deal with George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers.

In a statement, Laub said: “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 film is produced by the Ross brothers along with Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, and Josh Penn of Court 13.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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