The film -- which has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year -- documents the final days of the band, which played its final show last April at Madison Square Garden. Oscilloscope will release "Hits" in special one-night-only engagements in theaters nationwide this summer.
The deal was negotiated by David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Mark Anker at WME Global.
Full press release below.
New York, NY (April 2, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, a Pulse Films production directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, which documents the final days of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. SUAPTH had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and an encore presentation at last month’s SXSW Film and Music Festival. The film will be released in special one-night-only engagements in theaters nationwide this summer. Tune in later for more program information.
If it’s a funeral… let’s have the best funeral ever.
One year ago today, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his meteoric decision.
Adam Yauch, Beastie Boy and Head of Oscilloscope said, “Perhaps having grown up in a band for most of my life – a band that formed when I was 16 years old – and having released our first record when I was still in high school, this film addresses so many questions. For instance, it can be pretty clear when a band starts, but perhaps less so when it ends, or how it should end. In that sense, it’s brilliant of James to end it in such a definitive way.”
SUAPTH was produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Films and James Murphy. Keith Wood, Christine Vachon, and The Creators Project executive produced. The deal was negotiated by David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Mark Anker at WME Global.
For more information about the film visit www.shutupandplaythehits.com/ or follow SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS on Twitter @LCD_SUAPTH
About Oscilloscope Laboratories:
Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film production and theatrical distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels he grew up around, choosing films and then selecting and marketing them films with the same artistic integrity with which they were made. The company, which is an extension of Yauch’s recording studio of the same name, has an in-house DVD distribution and production arm, and its paper packaging is reminiscent of the heyday of LP record jackets. All of the company’s plastic-free DVD packaging is printed on FSC Certified 80% post-consumer waste paper and produced in a carbon-neutral hydroelectric plant.