Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up its first film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Saturday by grabbing North American rights to Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George.” The drama premiered in the U.S. dramatic competition of the festival.
Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé star in the story of a Brooklyn woman who struggles with getting pregnant after marrying a local restaurant owner. Yaya Alafia and Tony Okungbowa co-star. Darci Picoult wrote the screenplay.
Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor produced along with Matt Parker & Carly Hugo, Picoult, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Okungbowa. Executive producers include Saerom Kim of Maybach Film Productions; Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment; Jerry Tankersley, Laura Bernieri & Joseph Sorrentino of Fried Alligator Films; and Rhea Scott & Fady Salamé.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing ‘Mother of George’ — it is exactly thekind of gem which we love to champion,” said Oscilloscope’s David Laub and Dan Berger. “In only his second feature, Dosumnu shows not only tremendous style and visual flair, but a deep empathy for his characters and the ability to portray the complexity of a traditional culture adapting to the modern world.”
Paradigm’s Ben Weiss repped the sale for the filmmakers.
Oscilloscope acquired a number of films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival program in the months following the event last year: “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” “Chasing Ice,” “Hello I Must Be Going” and “28 Hotel Rooms.” Forthcoming releases include “It’s a Disaster” and “Reality.”