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Oscilloscope takes “Brimstone & Glory”

New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s visual and aural display Brimstone & Glory. The film, which held its premiere at the ...
May 26, 2017

New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s visual and aural display Brimstone & Glory.

The film, which held its premiere at the 2017 True/False Film Festival, goes behind the scenes of the National Pyrotechnic Festival in which the town of Tultepec, Mexico, is engulfed in fireworks and papier-mâché bulls for 10 days. More than three-quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics.

Revelers from all over venture to the State of Mexico each year, dancing and celebrating dangerously close to larger-than-life-sized flaming bulls and fireworks, believing it will bless them and their communities well into the future.

Composers Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) scored the 67-minute film. 

Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically later this year across the U.S. and Canada.

Brimstone & Glory was produced by Dan Janvey, Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Kellen Quinn, Affonso Gonçalves, Benh Zeitlin, Casey Coleman, Antonio ‘Tonitzin’ Gómez, Viktor Jakovleski, and Erdem Karahan.

The film was funded by Cinereach, and is a Court 13 and Department of Motion Pictures production.

Mongrel International is holds the doc’s international rights.

Brimstone & Glory is not just an epic feast for the eyes and the ears (though it is that), it’s a brilliant display of portraiture,” said Oscilloscope president Dan Berger in a statement. “It introduces us to people and a community – intimately, intensely, and beautifully – and sets the stage for a long career for Viktor. I have no doubt this is just the beginning.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Oscilloscope as a partner. Their passion for cinema as a big screen experience is evident in their track record and their shared vision with our whole creative team means so much to me,” added Jakovleski.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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