Oscilloscope Picks Up ANIMALS
November 14, 2014 by Mike McNamara
SCREEN is thrilled to report that Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Chicago-made indie ANIMALS, the SXSW 2014 jury winner starring David Dastmalchian (PRISONERS, THE DARK KNIGHT) and Kim Shaw as young Chicagoan lovers and addicts whose relationship is tested by a sudden, life-altering setback. Collin Schiffli makes his directorial debut with the film, which Dastmalchian wrote. Oscilloscope is planning a 2015 release.
“We are so thrilled to be releasing Animals, a film we haven’t been able to shake since first seeing it at South by Southwest,” Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said in a statement. “The movie is at once a bold and honest look at one of the tougher parts of our world, while simultaneously a poetic and lyrical reflection on how love and human connection can get anyone through the most difficult of circumstances. Collin is a major new filmmaker, and we are excited to welcome him, David and the rest of the Animals team to the O-Scope family.”
ANIMALS was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling at the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival. The feature was also presented in Chicago at the Midwest Independent Film Festival and was nominated this week for a whopping six Best of the Midwest Awards by the festival. Online voting for the BMAs is underway – you can cast your ballot at http://www.midwestfilm.com/vote - and we’ll keep you posted as ANIMALS nears its national release date. In the meantime, please become a fan of the film on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsMovie and share the page with friends and fellow filmmakers!
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.