With the sad news today of Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch's passing (at the tragically early age of 47), we couldn't help but think of the man known as MCA and Nathanial Hörnblowér's other legacy: as founder of independent film label Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Oscilloscope started out as a recording studio, but began its foray into film in 2008 after distributing Yauch's directorial film debut - a documentary about high school basketball players - Gunnin' For That #1 Spot.
The company has since gone on to release countless critically lauded documentaries and features, among them Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy (2008), Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), Evan Glodell's Bellflower (2011) and Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011).
It also turns out that 28 of the 50 films in Oscilloscope's repertoire are available on Netflix Instant. Our personal favorites include 2008's Dear Zachary - a devastating documentary about a filmmaker's murdered best friend, and the son he'd never know; 2009's The Messenger - a glimpse into the other side of what war leaves behind, following two men tasked with giving notice to fallen soldiers' families; Exit Through the Gift Shop - a fascinating documentary that glimpses the mysterious world of artist Banksy, and comments on the way the public and media can be wielded; and Dark Days, an eye-opening documentary about the underground world of New York City's homeless population.
Upcoming Oscilloscope releases include the fantastic LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up And Play the Hits, as well as Andrea Arnold's highly-anticipated re-imagining of the classic tale, Wuthering Heights. We're certain the company will continue their tradition of excellence in coming years, and we offer our deepest condolences to Yauch's family, friends and colleagues, as well as our gratitude to Yauch for his incredible contribution to music and independent cinema.
Here's your complete list of Oscilloscope releases currently available on Netflix Instant:
1) Flow: For Love of Water (2008)
2) Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
3) Wendy and Lucy (2008)
4) Frontrunners (2008)
5) Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008)
6) Treeless Mountain (2008)
7) Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2008)
8) The Garden (2008)
9) Burma VJ (2008)
10) Unmistaken Child (2008)
11) The Paranoids (2008)
12) No Impact Man (2009)
13) The Messenger (2009)
14) Beautiful Losers (2008)
15) Bananas!* (2009)
16) A Film Unfinished (2010)
17) Howl (2010)
18) William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
19) Monogamy (2010)
20) The Unloved (2009)
21) Meek's Cutoff (2010)
22) Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
23) Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (2010)
24) Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
25) Dark Days
26) Compassion in Emptiness
27) If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)