Oscilloscope Laboratories, the New York-based indie film producer-distributor launched by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys fame, has acquired the North American rights to Amy Scott’s feature documentary, Hal.
The 90-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, profiles acclaimed film director and editor Hal Ashby, whose obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There throughout the 1970s.
Through rare archive, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings, Scott’s portrait explores the director’s retreat from Hollywood and the rumors that ultimately sidetracked his career.
The film was produced by Christine Beebe, Brian Morrow, Jonathan Lynch, and Lisa Janssen.
The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in 2018.
“As a true film geek, for me, Hal Ashby is nothing short of a deity. A rare blend of a truly skilled technician and a genuine human with stories to tell and things to say,” said Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger in a statement. “Amy’s doc provides powerful insight into the man and his work and, perhaps most importantly, captures his heart, his kindness, and his goodwill. The world needs more Hal Ashbys.”