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Lind’s “Bobbi Jene” lands at Oscilloscope

New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the U.S. rights to Elvira Lind‘s cinéma vérité film Bobbi Jene. The 96-minute film, which held its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca ...
May 19, 2017

New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the U.S. rights to Elvira Lind‘s cinéma vérité film Bobbi Jene.

The 96-minute film, which held its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, follows acclaimed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she leaves behind her prominent position at Israel’s world-famous Batsheva Dance Company to return to the U.S. in order to make a name for herself.

The New York-set Tribeca festival bestowed Lind’s Bobbi Jene with Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Editing and Best Documentary Cinematography honors.

The film was produced by Danish film company Sonntag Pictures and producers Julie Leerskov and Sara Stockmann.

United Talent Agency brokered the deal and represent Elvira Lind.

Oscilloscope is expected to release the film theatrically later this year. Austrian sales agent Autlook Filmsales is handling worldwide sales.

“Elvira has crafted a film that is so much more than the logline would lead you to believe,” said Oscilloscope president Dan Berger in a statement. “The closeness and intimacy she achieves easily transcends Bobbi Jene’s personal story beyond that of just a dancer. It’s a human story with universal relatability that I have no doubt will move anyone who sees it.”

“Since Bobbi Jene was funded solely by European film funds and public broadcasters, we knew that a good start at Tribeca Film Festival could help catch the eye of U.S. distributors,” added Lind. “We were lucky that we were able to choose from a few distributors with great track records, but are confident we found the perfect partner in Oscilloscope and are beyond excited to start this journey with them.”

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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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