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Oscilloscope nabs ‘If a Tree Falls’

Sundance docu will make U.S. bow in June

As Sundance deals continue to trickle in, Oscilloscope Laboratories is the latest company to scoop up a fest pic, nabbing U.S. rights to Marshall Curry’s docu “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.”

Oscilloscope plans to release the film theatrically in June, followed by other distrib platforms, including DVD and digital streaming, in the fall.

“If a Tree Falls” follows Earth Liberation Front group member Daniel McGowan, who was arrested in December 2005 and faced life in prison.

Docu, which won Sundance’s docu editing award, poses questions about environmentalism, activism and ever-changing definitions of terrorism.

Curry was colorful about Oscilloscope’s acquisition saying, “To be honest, I didn’t know much about Oscilloscope before they contacted me about distributing (the film). But when I heard they were run by one of the Backstreet Boys, I knew my little sister would never forgive me if I said no.”

Oscilloscope topper Adam Yauch, who actually was a member of the Beastie Boys, responded: “So nice to finally have Backstreet and NSync back together again doing it for the fans. Maybe you and your sister can come up on stage and sing one of our multi-platinum hit songs with us.”

Curry produced through his Marshall Curry Prods. banner, along with ITVS and funding from the Corp. for Public Broadcasting, Lucky Hat, American Documentary (POV) and BBC.

Stephen Bannatyne exec produced the film.

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