8 items from 2012
Late Beastie Boy's film company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, carries on his legacy.
By Fallon Prinzivalli
Adam Yauch in 1999
Photo: Mick Hutson/ Getty Images
With the news Friday that Beastie Boy Adam Yauch lost his battle with cancer, distraught fans turned up "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" and remembered the rapper's incredible musical accomplishments. But those of us with an eye on movies remember McA's contributions to the film industry as well.
With countless Beastie songs featured on movie soundtracks, including J.J. Abram's "Star Trek" and Marvel's "Iron Man 2," there's no doubt the group as a whole had success in film. But Yauch took it a step further when he dove into directing documentaries and shorts, including "Fight for Your Right Revisited," his 2011 Sundance Film Festival debut that acted as a sequel to the hip-hop trio's 1987 music video.
Most notably, however, Yauch launched the indie production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories. »
It was with great sadness today that we read of the tragic passing of Adam Yauch at the age of just 47. As a member of the Beastie Boys, Yauch was an icon of American music, and for the last decade his involvement with Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film company he co-founded, made him a beloved figure within U.S. independent cinema.
On behalf of the Ifp staff and board of directors, we are deeply saddened by the passing of former board member Adam Yauch. Adam was an incredibly talented and passionate individual who brought a special uniqueness to the Ifp. Adam supported the work of different filmmakers with different perspectives, many of whose voices would not otherwise be heard. He wholly embraced Ifp’s mission and was an »
- Nick Dawson
Beastie Boys co-founder and all around musical mastermind Adam Yauch has passed away from cancer today. Yauch was involved with many creative endevours and causes over the years, and his interest in film saw him co-founding Oscilloscope Laboratories. In 2011 he directed the B-Boys homage Fight for Your Right Revisited, which we're now showing on Mubi for free. Watch it here.
By now, we've all heard the tragic news of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's untimely death. Initially, the Beastie Boys' camp had no comment on the situation, but as news has spread, the band has released a heartfelt statement and obituary via their official website. You can read the statement in its entirety below.
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "McA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys. »
In the last few years of his too-short life, you were as likely to find Adam Yauch, a.k.a. McA of the Beastie Boys, on the red carpet of a film festival as in the studio or onstage. As happens with many artists who find success at an early age, Yauch found new outlets for his talents, and they amounted to much more than mere hobbies. Sure, we’re blasting Beastie tunes nonstop in the hours after we learned of his death at age 47 today, but we’re also looking back at his non-musical accomplishments too.
Nathaniel Hornblower, The Director
As his alter ego Hornblower, a Swiss goat herder, Yauch directed a number of Beastie Boys videos, and quite memorably stormed the stage in costume at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards to protest Spike Jones’ not getting the Moonman for “Sabotage.” He was also rather outspoken in other outlets, »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Here's a real bummer of a headline that I didn't expect to be reading today. Adam Yauch, perhaps better known as McA of the Beastie Boys and the Swiss filmmaker Nathaniel Hornblower, has lost his battle with cancer and passed away. He had been diagnosed with cancer in a salivary gland and a lymph node back in 2009; his treatment delayed the release of the Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 and kept them from touring in support of it. Everything we had heard in the preceding months, however, seemed to be positive with his band members remaining hopeful that he would recover. However, when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, Yauch did not attend. I guess we should have known something was up. He was 47 years old The news definitely came as a shock to me, and having just watched the documentary Marley, »
According to Rolling Stone, Yauch, one of the three members of the long-lived punk-turned-hip-hop band, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after a tumor was discovered on his salivary gland.
In addition to co-founding the Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz, Yauch had a long-standing involvement in the movie scene. He has more than 30 soundtrack credits on films like "Baby Mama," "17 Again," "Horrible Bosses" and "Iron Man 2," and also wrote, directed, produced and appeared in films and documentaries.
His first Hollywood effort was directing a 1989 short film called "Shadrach," which promoted the band's song of the same name. He went on to direct and produce the "Beastie Boys: Video Anthology," a 2008 high school sports documentary called "Gunnin' for That #1 Spot," and last »
- Amanda Bell
By Fallon Prinzivalli
The Beastie Boys at the premiere of "Awesome, I F---in Shot That!"
Photo: Getty Images
After a long bout with cancer, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch died on Friday (May 4). The rapper's death comes as a huge blow to fans of his work with the iconic trio, but he'll also be remembered for the imprint he left on the film world.
While he's widely known as a co-founder of the Brooklyn hip-hop group, McA was an accomplished director and producer, and his music is featured on an array of popular music soundtracks. The Hollywood community took to Twitter this afternoon to share their thoughts, with Ben Stiller tweeting, "So sad that Adam Yauch is gone. A truly great musician & filmmaker. He stood for integrity as an artist. What a loss. He was a very good man. »
8 items from 2012