The acquisition has presented a lot of problems to the Canadian films under THINKFilm's belt, and situations are only getting worse as time goes on. As The Globe and Mail reports, there are approximately 50 titles in limbo and after months without response, a group of the filmmakers are retaining lawyers to try to free their films from the company. Why is all of this a problem? Although president Jeff Sackman was planning to sell the titles in question within a month of the sale, the deals went nowhere and months have passed. Now the filmmakers are getting nervous in the face of CanCon financial issues.
To top off the indie films' money worries are distribution problems -- especially for Everything's Gone Green, the Douglas Coupland-penned comedy headed by Joey star Paulo Costanzo. Under Canadian law, it is now US-owned, so the company cannot distribute Canadian films in Canada -- and the US release is set for April, which means that times-a-ticking. I don't want to have to drive to Buffalo to see a Canadian movie, and so I urge THINKFilm to work things out with these Canadian filmmakers already.