Oscilloscope Scores North American Rights to New Orleans Nightlife Documentary ‘Tchoupitoulas’

The examination of the music and nocturnal culture of the Big Easy was partially funded by Kickstarter

Oscilloscope Laboratories said Tuesday that it has acquired North American rights to "Tchoupitoulas."

The documentary by  Bill and Turner Ross captures New Orleans' rich nightlife.

"Tchoupitoulas," pronounced chop-ih-tou-less, follows  three adolescent brothers' nocturnal journey through the Big Easy, where they discover its distinctive music, dance hall and party scene. 

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It premiered  at the South by South Film Festival this past March, and has screened at The Dallas International Film Festival and The Ashland Independent Film Festival.

The Ross Brothers, best known for the 2009 documentary "45365," raised roughly $56,000 from more than than 720 backers using the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.  

Oscilloscope will show "Tchoupitoulas" at festivals and select theatrical engagements later this year, with a digital release to follow.

“We're terribly excited to be working with Oscilloscope, a creative company with a unique and individual philosophy that is ideal for our film," the Ross Brothers said in a statement. "They're our kind of people, doing our kind of business." 

The deal was finalized at the recently completed Cannes Film Festival. David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope negotiated the deal with George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers.  The film is produced by the Ross Brothers along with Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, and Josh Penn of Court 13.