Oscilloscope nabs ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ for 2011 release

Posted by · 6:30 pm · September 17th, 2010

Since word spread out of Venice of Michelle Williams’s strong performance in Kelly Reichardt’s superb Oregon Trail western “Meek’s Cutoff,” some of our more excitable commenters have been projecting a kind of two-pronged awards attack for the actress, who has another excellent showcase in December release “Blue Valentine.”

We warned you all along that “Meek’s Cutoff” wasn’t likely to hit theaters in 2010, and we were right. Boutique distributor Oscilloscope has just acquired the film at Toronto, and will release it next year — the right call, given that a quiet wonder like this one would likely get lost in the crush of awards season.

Oscilloscope (that’s Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s outfit, in case you’d forgotten) also handled Reichardt and Williams’s last collaboration, “Wendy and Lucy”; I was hoping that their latest might prove accessible enough to attract one of the bigger boys in the indie playground, but I’m sure the company will do right by them. Yauch himself seems rather taken with the film; his statement (via indieWIRE) after the cut.

It is an honor to work with filmmakers of this caliber, especially given the fact that, through the process of releasing “Wendy and Lucy,” we have become friends with them, so really I could not ask for more … As a side note, “Meek’s Cutoff” is so real feeling and looking that I suspect Kelly may have stolen our plans and completed work on a time-machine that we had been putting the finishing touches on, and that “Meek’s” is actually a documentary that she went back and shot in 1845. If anyone has any evidence to that effect, please contact me directly ASAP. My email address is any@oscilloscope.net.

You may remember that I fell head over heels for “Meek’s” in Venice, where it remained my personal pick of the festival; I have no doubt that it will feature in my Best of 2010 roundup. For those of you not lucky enough to catch the film on the festival track, put it at the top of your 2011 to-do list.

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  • 1 9-17-2010 at 8:30 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Oscilloscope rocks. They did good work with The Messenger and I expect them do well with this. Hopefully I can catch it at NYFF coming up.

  • 2 9-17-2010 at 9:46 pm

    Marshall1 said...

    Too bad Vancouver’s film festival is NOT playing this:(
    Have to wait till next year to catch it…

  • 3 9-17-2010 at 10:07 pm

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    Admired and wanted to love Wendy and Lucy, but on Guy’s recommendation I went ahead and bought Meek’s Cutoff tickets. Hope it can deliver.

  • 4 9-17-2010 at 10:08 pm

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    This is at NYFF, obviously. Ha.

  • 5 9-17-2010 at 10:38 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    Aw, yeah, Oscilloscope is my favorite indie outfit now.

  • 6 9-18-2010 at 2:23 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Three of a Kind: Beware, I love “Wendy and Lucy” too. If you have the same response to “Meek’s,” don’t let it be on my head!

  • 7 9-18-2010 at 5:45 am

    Graysmith said...

    Too bad it won’t be out this year, really want to see this now, not in 6-12 months. But still, good news that they’ve landed a distributor, and it clears the way for Michelle Williams’ chances for Blue Valentine.

  • 8 9-18-2010 at 5:48 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    The way was always clear — not a chance the Academy would go for her in this.

  • 9 9-18-2010 at 8:42 am

    m1 said...

    Surprise, surprise. I had NO idea that they would take this. So NON-obvious. (eye roll)

  • 10 9-18-2010 at 9:44 am

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    Guy: I consider Wendy and Lucy to be a very worthwhile film, and one that has aged pretty well. As long as it’s on that level it’ll be worth it.

    It just didn’t knock my socks off like it did yours.

    I think I have a pretty good NYFF trifecta lined up. Because my budget is tighter this year I’m only going to get three screenings in, but Meek’s, Another Year and Inside Job seems like a strong haul. I can’t catch the Assayas (only one screening, not exactly sure why) or Uncle Boonmee like I had wanted to.

    Fortunately, I was saved from The Tempest by the post-Venice chatter. So, cheers for your help in that regard.

  • 11 9-18-2010 at 11:57 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    I got tickets for Social Network, Hereafter and Inside Job and will probably rush line Another Year, Meek’s Cutoff and perhaps a few others.

  • 12 9-18-2010 at 1:56 pm

    Ben M. said...

    Currently at the NYFF, I just have tickets for Another Year and Joe Dante’s The Hole. I considered Meek’s Cutoff, Uncle Boonme, Inside Job, and Hereafter but given my schedule, the extra cost of NYFF tickets, and that the latter two are coming out theatrically soon after I decided to hold off on them for now (may check in for rush tickets down the line).

  • 13 9-18-2010 at 2:52 pm

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    I avoided Hereafter and Social Network for similar reasons, Ben. If they weren’t coming out until the middle of November or later I’d consider them, but given the relatively small seven day gap between their NYFF screenings and their theatrical releases, I’ve stayed away.

    Question: I’ve always just bought my tickets in advance. How successful have you guys been with the Rush Tickets? How early did you get there, etc?

    I’m thinking about trying to rush Of God’s and Men or Uncle Boonmee.

  • 14 9-18-2010 at 7:32 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I got Social Network and Hereafter mainly because I have never gone to opening/closing before and wanted to. Also because those would be impossible to get into rush line.

    The lesser profile films I am pretty sure there will be a good amount of rush line tickets. I am sure you will be able to get into Boonmee and OGAM. Just make sure you get there at a decent time.