O-some! An Oscilloscope Retrospective

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O-some! An Oscilloscope Retrospective

By Scott Pukos

It started with a Beastie Boy.

Musician/innovator/all around awesome dude Adam "MCA" Yauch was one of the founders of Oscilloscope Laboratories, and his concert documentary Awesome; I F****n' Shot That! was the first film the company produced. In 2008, Oscilloscope says Yauch grew the focus to include film distribution.  In that ten year span, they've released nearly 150 straight-up rad independent films.

That's something worth celebrating. The Little is one of multiple art house theaters around the country celebrating Oscilloscope's 10 year anniversary.

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Here's our lineup for O-some! An Oscilloscope Retrospective:

Contemporary Color (7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9): A look at "the sport of the arts" a.k.a. the phenomenon of color guard. Features top-notch performances from David Byrne, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Nelly Furtado, and more.

Coherence (3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10): Remember how video rental stores would have a "staff picks" section? Well, if The Little had our version of this, Coherence would be my selection. It's mega low-budget sci-fi that relies on a creative premise and clever script. The thrills and twists are thrilling and twisty, but my favorite part might be what this movie does to your mind grapes. It's one you'll want to talk about as soon as the credits roll.

Shut Up and Play the Hits (9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10): The context of this film is different now than when it was released in 2012, but one thing remains: LCD Soundsystem is utterly awesome. This documentary chronicles what was dubbed the band's final show on April 2, 2011 at Madison Square Garden (Narrator: It wasn't). LCD Soundsystem did make a triumphant return in 2017 with their comeback album, American Dream. Luckily, the new album only enhances the enjoyment of this truly spectacular music doc.

Embrace of the Serpent (3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11): An Oscar nominee in 2016 for best foreign language film, we're finally getting this one at The Little. Filmed in black and white, the film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.

Mother of George (6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12): Part of O-some AND The Black Cinema Series with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. Mother of George focuses on a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. The film is a moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are both intimate and universal.

The Wonders (6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13): Perhaps it's just me, but I find beekeeping to be extremely fascinating. This Italian film - the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival - centers on a family of, yep, beekeepers, living in isolation in the Tuscan countryside. Please don't bring your pet bees to this screening.

The Love Witch in 35mm (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14): That's correct: The Love Witch in 35mm on Valentine's Day. We can't wait! Bonus: We'll have a witch's brew love potion on sale in the café this night.