Oscilloscope lands rights to ‘Howl’

Ginsberg pics to hit theaters, VOD on Sept. 24

Oscilloscope Laboratories has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “Howl,” the Alan Ginsberg biopic starringy James Franco, with simultaneous theatrical and VOD releases planned for Sept. 24.

Written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, “Howl” opened the Sundance Film Festival in January and also played in competish at the Berlinale.

Genre-bending pic focuses on the 1957 obscenity trial prompted by Ginsberg’s sexually frank poem, while incorporating a reading, interview sequences and animated interludes inspired by it. Cast includes David Strathairn, John Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.

Film is produced by Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker of Werc Werk Works, and Epstein and Friedman.

Recent releases from Oscilloscope, founded by the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch in 2008, include “The Messenger,” “Wendy and Lucy” and “No Impact Man.”

Upcoming from the company are Irish director Lance Daly’s “Kisses” and a re-release of Jules Dassin’s 1959 pic “The Law.”

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