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Oscilloscope Acquires "Monogamy"

A scene from Dana Adam Shapiro's "Monogamy."

Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced that it has acquired US rights to Dana Adam Shapiro's (director of award-winning doc "Murderball"), narrative feature film debut "Monogamy," starring Chris Messina, Rashida Jones and Meital Dohan. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April where it won the Best New York Narrative Award. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in early 2011.

As described by Oscilloscope:

"Increasingly anxious about his impending marriage to Nat (Jones) and thoroughly bored with his day job as a wedding photographer, Theo (Messina) establishes a hobby: he's hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy exhibitionist (Dohan) leads him into an all-consuming obsession. Stalking her day and night, the woman's mysterious public trysts send Theo reeling, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home. 'Monogamy' is an acutely observed portrait of a relationship on the brink, a timely tale of masculinity in crisis in the face of fantasy and fear of commitment."

The film features a special appearance and an original song by chart-topping hip hop recording artist B.o.B., as well as music by Elbow, Can, Califone, Stars of the Lid, and an original song performed by Rashida Jones.

"Since 1987 I've been mad at my parents for not letting me see the Beastie Boys on their 'License to Ill' tour," Dana Adam Shapiro said in a statement. "Years later, I applied for a job at Grand Royal magazine; didn't get it. To now be in business with Oscilloscope is seriously a dream come true for me."

"I hear you, man," Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope responded in a statement. "When I was 13 my parents didn't let me go see KISS at the Garden, and I'm still mad about that. If Peter Criss starts a film distribution company, I'm making a film for him."

The deal was negotiated by "a bunch of people who love the film." The U.S. rights to the film were represented by Submarine. Canadian rights are still available.

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