Oscilloscope picks up 'Dear Zachary'

Documentary played Slamdance, SXSW

Oscilloscope Pictures has acquired North American rights to director Kurt Kuenne's "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father," which played at Slamdance and the SXSW Film Festival.

The documentary examines the murder of Kuenne's oldest friend and its legal and emotional consquences.

Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in partnership with newly formed MSNBC Films on Oct. 31 in New York.

The deal was finalized during the recent Toronto International Film Festival by Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmaker and MSNBC Films and by David Fenkel for Oscilloscope.