New York, New York (June 4, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross’s acclaimed documentary TCHOUPITOULAS (pronounced CHOP-IH-TOU-LESS). The film premiered to rave reviews at the South by Southwest Film Festival this past March. It has continued its successful run at festivals throughout the spring, winning awards at HotDocs, The Dallas International Film Festival, and The Ashland Independent Film Festival, among others. It is the first film from the New Orleans-based Ross Brothers since their award-winning 2009 documentary 45365. TCHOUPITOULAS was produced by the Sundance and Cannes award-winning team behind Beasts of the Southern Wild. Oscilloscope will see TCHOUPITOULAS through further festivals and select theatrical engagements later this year, with a digital release to follow.
TCHOUPITOULAS is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.
About the acquisition, the Ross Brothers say: “We’re terribly excited to be working with Oscilloscope, a creative company with a unique and individual philosophy that is ideal for our film. They’re our kind of people, doing our kind of business. We feel very positive about the future of TCHOUPITOULAS with Oscilloscope!”
David Laub of O-scope commented: “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 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. The film is produced by the Ross Brothers along with Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, and Josh Penn of Court 13.