Oscilloscope acquires Matt Wolf’s “Teenage”

The U.S. distributor has acquired the North American rights to Teenage (pictured), director Matt Wolf's documentary chronicling the evolution of the modern teenage identity.
August 15, 2013

Distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to director Matt Wolf’s documentary Teenage (pictured).

Produced by Cinereach and based on Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Pre-History of Youth Culture 1875-1945, the film uses a mixture of archival footage and dramatization to recount the evolution of the modern teenage identity in the United States, England and Germany.

Actors Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher provided voiceovers, and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox scored the film.

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at Hot Docs and AFI Docs. Oscilloscope plans to continue a “robust” festival run, prior to a theatrical release and a release on other platforms in 2014.

“Oscilloscope thinks outside of the box with documentaries, and that’s where we want to be,” Wolf said in a statement. “I look forward to prolonging my adolescence with them.”

Teenage was produced by Ben Howe and Kyle Martin, and executive produced by Philipp Engelhorn, Michael Raisler and Jason Schwartzman.

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