3 items from 2009
Oscilloscope is pulling a Columbia House.
Under terms of the club, the company will ship its next 10 DVD releases, at a rate of about one per month, to paying subscribers, with each pic going out one week before the DVD is released to the general public. The subscription fee of $150 will also entitle subscribers to buy DVDs from the Oscilloscope catalog at half price.
Several of Oscilloscope's upcoming DVD releases are known -- the slate will likely include, for example, the gonzo environmental doc "No Impact Man" -- but some are not, and the company is hoping that customers simply know and like the Oscilloscope brand enough to take a chance on a subscription without knowing what exactly they're buying.
"It's kind of like when you're a kid »
- By Steven Zeitchik
The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival (Hiff) will continue its tradition of focusing on the green movement with a host of screenings that will be targeted towards preserving environmental sustainability through social responsibility.
The Green Screen Showcase will be sponsored by Whole Foods and will feature five films each carrying an important message. The five films will include "The Burning Season," "Earth Days," "Ingredients," "The Last Beekeeper" and "No Impact Man: The Documentary."
"The Burning Season" is an eco-thriller about a young man not afraid to confront the biggest challenge of our time. "Earth Days," from acclaimed director Robert Stone, traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans. "Ingredients" will explore a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat.
- Oscilloscope have been making huge strides at becoming the home for socially relevant and socially responsible documentary films: just in the last three months they've released The Garden, Burma VJ and Unmistaken Child. Now the New York based distributer have added one more Sundance Film Festival doc title to their slate with plans to open Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's No Impact Man: The Documentary on September 4th. A feature film version may be in the works, Columbia House picked up the screen rights to a feature based on the book by Colin Beavan. The synopsis mentions that "Beavan cut out all forms of consumption that leave a footprint, including electricity and automated transportation", but the choice of becoming a vegetarian and not becoming a vegan ultimately No Impact Man becomes a person who makes a little imapct. The doc examines the effects on him and his family. »
3 items from 2009
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