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Oscilloscope Disband from Platoon; Shackle Docu-Winner “The Kill Team”

In the midst of adding several well-played out festival titles to their 2014 slate with the very recent pick-ups for Teenage (read here) and Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (read here), Oscilloscope Laboratories have one again pulled out their checkbooks, landing the rights to Dan Krauss’ Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary winning The Kill Team. Further festival play and a 2014 theatrical release are in the works.

Gist: This is the story about a young soldier in Afghanistan (Private Adam Winfield) who attempted to alert the military to horrific atrocities being committed by U.S. soldiers, and who then himself became a target of one of the largest war crimes investigations in U.S. history. For the longer synopsis you’ll want to check out the site and for the wiki entry – click here.

Worth Noting: The doc was showcased at HotDocs, AFI Docs and it won the jury prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Do We Care?: U.S. Foreign policy gone wrong. The U.S. military gone wrong. A finely cut fest trailer plus the tons of accolades it has so far received means, this is definitely on our radar.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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