Oscilloscope nabs right to 'Youssou Ndour'
Rockumentary about the Senegalese musicianNEW YORK - Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch will be introducing some U.S. moviegoers to a different kind of music: African pop.
Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories has nabbed domestic rights to the rockumentary "Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love," a portrait of the influential Senegalese musician.
Chai Vasarhelyi's film, set for an early Summer 2009 theatrical release in conjunction with Ndour's tour, covers two years in the life of the Muslim musician and controversy surrounding his songs about Islam. Oscilloscope's David Fenkel negotiated the deal with Celluloid Dreams' Bobby Allen and Hengameh Panahi.
Additionally, Regent Releasing hopes to sell audiences the the secret to happiness for just "$9.99." The distributor picked up North American rights to Tatia Rosenthal's stop-motion animated comedy. Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia are among the voices who'll be heard when "$9.99," based on Etgar Keret's short stories, hits select U.S. theaters next spring. Regent's Mark Reinhart closed the deal with Fortissimo Films' Winnie Lau.
Arthouse Films also nabbed worldwide rights to Aaron Rose's docu "Beautiful Losers," a look at young D.I.Y. artists from the skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock and hip-hop worlds. Arthouse's David Koh and Lilly Bright, who negotiated the deal with Sidetrack Films' Jared Moshe and Richard Lim, will expand Sidetrack's current theatrical distribution (supported by a partnership with Nike) throughout the Fall and Winter before its DVD and iTunes release\