SXSW: Oscilloscope Picks Up Joel Potrykus' 'Buzzard'


The comedy, from the director of 2012's "Ape," will also screen at the New Directors/New Films Festival in New York City.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Joel Potrykus' comedy Buzzard, which will have its world premiere March 8 at the South by Southwest Film Festival and then go on to screen at New York's New Directors/New Films Festival.

The film follows a small-time scam artist named Marty who find himself in Detroit with nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks.

"Buzzard is an incredible discovery -- a contemporary and sophisticated look at the struggles bred from our capitalist society, told in a completely original, bitingly funny way. It also features the sexiest spaghetti-eating scene since Lady and the Tramp," said Oscilloscope's Dan Berger and David Laub.

Potrykus won the best emerging director and best first feature awards at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival for his previous film, Ape.

Buzzard was produced by Michael Saunders, Ashley Young, Kevin Clancy and Tim Saunders and represented by BGP Films' Bill Straus.