Oscilloscope nabs 'Impact Man'

Picks up North American rights to doc

NEW YORK -- Oscilloscope will make an impact.

Adam Yauch's startup distribution label has acquired North American rights to "No Impact Man," Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's environmental documentary about a Manhattan man who attempts to leave no carbon footprint for a year.

Colin Beavan cut out all forms of consumption that leave a footprint, including electricity and automated transportation. The doc examines the effects on him and his family.

"Impact," which played at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will screen at the upcoming Silverdocs and Los Angeles film festivals.

Oscilloscope will release the doc theatrically Sept. 4, with digital and DVD releases to follow.

Yauch noted that the movie, which has comedic elements, marks "the first time I've seen an environmentally concerned film with a strong comedic element. I still think about it every time I go to the supermarket."

Beavan has also written a book about the experience, which literary house FSG will publish in the fall, with a feature remake also in the works.

Oscilloscope has acquired and released a wide range of features and docs, including several with environmental themes. It recently acquitted Michel Gondry's Festival de Cannes doc "A Thorn in the Heart."
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