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Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt’s western drama, “Meek’s Cutoff” after it screened at the Venice and Toronto festivals.

Oscilloscope, which previously distributed Reichardt’s “Wendy and Lucy,” will release “Meek’s Cutoff” in the first half of 2011. Deal was announced Friday.

Pic’s set in 1845 on the Oregon Trail, focused on a wagon train of three families who have hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains only to become lost in the dry rock and sage in pursuit of a short cut.

The film was produced by Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp. The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media.

Oscilloscope will release Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman’s “Howl,” starring James Franco, on Sept. 24.